‘Meaning is in the mind of the receiver and not in the message.’ The way you speak may have a lasting impression on your interviewers which may also be to your disadvantage if you do not pay attention to what you say and the way you say it.
The way in which you use words may not necessarily be those in which they are understood by the person with whom you are communicating. Avoiding your own special words and jargon should make communicating with the interviewers a lot clearer.
When you are applying for a job where you are required to meet the public, your speech must be clear and understood by the people you have to communicate with.
Basic factors in verbal communication
- Speaking clearly
- Avoid talking in with a heavy accent
- Slow down, if necessary
- Ensure that your pronunciation is correct
If you are applying for a job overseas or if the interview is not conducted in your own native tongue, this could cause you difficulties in your communicating in what is not your ‘first language’. Therefore it may be useful for you to attend a language course to help improve your self-presentation.
One way to hear how you come cross to others is to listen to yourself on a tape recorder. You may be surprised at what you sound like! Work on your presentation so that it works for you and not against you.
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