How You Say Things Are Equally Important as What You Are Saying
In an interview, prospective employers evaluate your personality, attitude and skills. This is an opportunity to “sell yourself” and convince the employer you are the best person for the job. You may be sharply dressed and have a great attitude, but if you are not able to convey yourself clearly, you may not get the job.
Never underestimate the importance of being articulate. Your smartness, sharpness, quickness and brightness are all attributes that are evaluated based upon your verbal articulation. Do not mumble; speak clearly and enunciate your words, but do your best to sound natural. No one wants to listen to a robot talk. Refrain from using slang terms or elusive words such as like, kinda & y’know to portray your thoughts and feelings. They can make you sound lazy, uneducated or noncommittal. Use only words you know the meaning of and are comfortable using. Interviewers can easily tell if you are using a vocabulary that you do not understand.
Would you like to learn more about what is expected in an interview? Do you need to practice your interviewing skills? Sign up to attend the Effective Interviewing workshop or sign up for a mock interview with one of our staff members by calling (530) 822-5120 or 711 TRS/VRS.