Listen carefully for interview success
Job Search: Are You Sitting Comfortably? Then I’ll begin!
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Listen carefully for interview success. Many, many, moons ago there was a radio programme called “Listen with Mother.” It was meant for very small children. As I remember it, there were songs, poems and always a story. And the story always started with the words; “Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin…” It was a call to action and to our complete attention – we had to listen well. To be able to listen well is a skill. And it is a skill that you need in job search at interviews.
What matters at interviews is that you really hear the question asked. It is all too easy to hear part of a question and jump to a conclusion about the right answer. If you listen carefully you will hear that whole question and it may be something different. You need to answer the question that was asked.
It is all to easily, particularly when you are nervous, to hear headline words – keywords in effect. Then those become the words to which you respond. You hear the word “experience,” for example! Then you don’t even stop to think, you just pour it all out. You don’t take in that the question was about a particular part of your experience. Or perhaps it was about how your experience as relevant to this role.
So, try to settle any nerves before you go into the interview room. There is relaxation exercise you can use at this link. Then be determined to really listen carefully to all the words in each question. Take the time needed to put together a response in your mind before speaking. If you need to, ask for clarification. As an interviewer I’ve had times when I didn’t understand the question a fellow panel member was asking either.
Listen carefully, pace yourself and then answer the question that was asked! The extra time you take will make you a far more impressive candidate. Remember how you answer will tell the panel about your judgement and your decision making.
Career coaches and life coaches like me are around to help you thrive and succeed in challenging times. We can help you prepare for that key interview. Get in touch at this link – I would like to discuss how I can help you.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues.
Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link