Confidence and Interviewing
Corporate Speech Solutions conducted a poll in 2009 which included 100 people. Out of that 100, 90% viewed communication skills in the workplace as extremely important. Similarly, recruiters were interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article and were asked to rate the importance of ten different attributed of interview candidates. Results showed that 89% of the recruiters rated communication skills as the most important attribute during interviews; highlighting the strong connection between the two.
Do you communicate with clarity and confidence when you pick up the phone to speak to a client or a recruiter? Are you confident enough to pick up the phone and speak to someone who doesn’t know anything about you? If you are comfortable doing so, then your task is cut out but if you are reluctant in doing so, then you face a big challenge.
Many people lack the confidence necessary to excel in today’s competitive market. Most people possess business skills and may even stand out among competition because of that, however majority of those are unable to communicate with clarity and confidence. Due to this, they are unable to communicate well on an interview or with business prospects.
Some people believe communication is the ability to speak well and be understood. To some extent that is correct, however many employers state that that is just half of the communication. The other half lies in the ability to comprehend what the other person is saying. Just being able to convey your thoughts are not good enough. Communication is a two way process. Not only should you be able to speak and the listener understand but also you should .be able to understand what the other person is saying or asking. After all how are you going to state your opinion or answer a question if you are unable to comprehend what the other person is saying.
There is always room for improvement. Just like you can learn technical skills over time, you can boost your confidence.
Three tips to turn your communication skills into powerful business tools:
Power up your voice.
It is said, that people with strong, dynamic voices are perceived as having greater self-confidence than people with softer voices. It may be a stereotype but it is often believed that people with a softer voice lack confidence and are not well experienced. That said, you do not need to be extremely loud and that will narrate a different story altogether but by speaking clearly and confidently, you are showing signs that you know the answer and are not shy in conversing.
Slow down your rate of speech.
How often are you asked to repeat what you just said? Learning to use strategic pausing will help you to slow down your rate of speech and be more effective. People who rush their sentences do so because of the fear of having their mistakes picked up by the listener.
Watch your filler words.
Fillers are sounds, words and phrases that contain no real meaning. Some of the most commonly used fillers are sounds like “um” and “uh”; single words such as “like”, “right?”, “well” and “maybe”; and phrases such as “you know” and “I mean”. Using too many fillers can create the impression that you are unsure of yourself, or not knowledgeable about the topic on which you are speaking. If you need time to think before answering a question, it might be a better idea to just take a pause before you give out an answer.