Why One Word Answers are Bad News at Job InterviewsWritten by Roger Clark
It takes a lot of time and effort to get invited to a job interview. Don't blow your chances by being misunderstood by interviewer. Not many people are aware that giving one word answers to questions, substantially increases your chances of conveying wrong impression.
Active Listening Skill Tips for Interviews
During a job interview, a potential employer asks, “Can you take on more than one project at a time?” If you respond, “Yes,” you may want to rethink that answer. According to Dynamic Listening: Interview Skills, a computer based training module from Mindleaders in Columbus, Ohio, you should avoid one-word or one-sentence answers.
Be specific. And speak money-language. Here’s a preferred answer to question above, “In general, depending upon type and length of projects, I believe in efficiently handling more than one project at a time. This could save a company as much as 30%.” Let’s check out definition of “active listening skills” and learn more to help with your next interview…
Active Listening Skills
Just as everyday “speaking” is not same as public speaking; “listening” is not same as active listening. Active listening means two things: analysis and response to message being communicated.
An active listener maintains eye contact and good posture with a slight lean towards speaker. During interview, listener nods, smiles and takes notes. Be ware, however, that a daydreamer or pseudolistener, can adopt these behaviors. So a listener’s physical response does not necessarily mean good listening skills are at work.
Leadership Coaching at GettysburgWritten by CMOE Development Team
The battle at Gettysburg is one of most notable events in U.S. History. It is a battle where more lives were taken than in any other battle in North America. In this small farming community in 1863, George Meade’s Union Army comprising of 90,000 troops met Robert Lee’s Confederate Army of 75,000. We can read volumes of literature and accounts of heroes, leaders, front-line soldiers and others directly and indirectly impacted by event. Certainly there are incredible leadership coaching and other lessons from lives of these men and women and strategic events which became critical turning point in Civil War.
On morning of first day of three day battle, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain was faced with a coaching and influence opportunity. As sun was coming over horizon, Joshua L. Chamberlain stood before a group of tired soldiers from Second Maine Brigade. At that point, these men had been participating in heavy battle for weeks and were seeking mutiny. However, due to number of casualties prior to Gettysburg, their service at this time was desperately needed. Chamberlain explained that he had been instructed to “order” these men to join brigade or they would be shot. Yet, he calmly informed troops that he did not plan to follow this instruction. He recognized their suffering, and then explained necessity of their military service and role they could play. Chamberlain eloquently proceeded to instill a renewed purpose in these men, helping them to remember why they were involved and had originally enlisted. He referred to their fellow soldiers who made ultimate sacrifice. He sought their commitment to move forward with conviction. “If we lose you, we lose war, if you join us, I will be grateful.” To conclude, he proposed a powerful idea: “Join us,” and if so, situation (the mutiny) would not be revisited. If they chose not to join, he would seek fair treatment in their behalf. “We are moving out” he concluded, and gave them an opportunity to ponder and determine where their commitment would lie.