Written Vs. Verbal Communication for an Interview

You devote at least 15-18 years of your lifetime in effectively educating yourself so that you’re ready to take on the world. In other words, your education not only helps you to develop your personality but also goes a long way in making you self-established. The expertise that you gain in terms of written and oral skills right from the kindergarten to the collegiate stage enables you to earn a certification and also come to your aid during your job search.

No matter whichever career path you choose and whatsoever sort of job position you apply to, you’ll need to efficiently harness your acquired skills to sail through the interview. The interview process for most job positions these days comprise a two-step procedure-the written examination where you’ll need to demonstrate your writing skills and the face-to-face interview where you’ll have to express your ideas and opinions lucidly.

The following paragraphs elucidate how you can improve and hone your written and verbal communication skills in order to transmit the right vibes to your interviewer and also make an indelible impression on him.

Written Communication Guidelines



Consistency

Just as you’d need to speak clearly and stick to the subject-matter (the question that you’ve been asked) without beating around the bush, the same applies to the written part of the interview as well. Suppose, if you’re told to write a composition on ‘Why do you think you’re the right person for the job’, then your manner of writing should put across your professional skills consistently so that your colleagues, superiors, and clients look upon you as a valuable part of the company. Your writing style should project the same professional persona to every stakeholder in the organization.

Clarity

Your interviewer will have to go through innumerable written samples of job applicants before he can make a shortlist of those who’ll be selected for the oral round. So, it goes without saying that you’ll need to maintain clarity in your writing. Taking a long-winded route before coming to the crux of the matter will surely put off your interviewer. Presenting your ideas in a clear-cut way is imperative if you want your interviewer to grasp what you’re trying to convey. It goes without saying that your grammar, punctuation and spelling should be perfect.

Conciseness

Your interviewer or examiner should get the impression that you’re an erudite and intelligent person through your writing. So steer clear of clichés, expletives, and jargons while you develop your piece. Adopt a business-like and formal approach without it making too bland. Spice up your writing with a little witticism and keep it short and to the point. Remember ‘brevity is the soul of wit’.


Relevancy

If you’ve been told to elaborate on how your skills will contribute towards the growth and development of the organization, then you’ll have to write exactly on the given topic and not on how you came to imbibe those skills.



Guidelines for Verbal Communication


Be an Optimist

If you’ve been told to elaborate on how your skills will contribute towards the growth and development of the organization, then you’ll have to write exactly on the given topic and not on how you came to imbibe those skills.

Your Voice and Accent

Pronounce your words distinctly so that what you say is comprehensible to the interviewer. Speak confidently and with a clear voice so that you’re audible. Breathe slowly and speak calmly. Keep your sentences short and unambiguous. Complete your sentences.

Be Humble

It might happen that you’re more qualified than your interviewer and also have more work experience than him. But always bear in mind that he is standing on a higher pedestal than you as he’s the one who’s asking the questions. You’ll be putting yourself in a bad light if you can’t hold yourself from showing off that you’re more knowledgeable than your questioner.

Courtesy Matters

Make it a point to shake hands with your interviewer after the session comes to an end and thank him for giving his time. Leave the room as politely as you had entered. Remember, your interviewer is not over till you come out of the room.






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