Most Valued Interview Skills

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Even though most jobs don't require smooth talking skills, getting through the interview often does. You don't have to answer every interview question perfectly, but you can improve your interview skills. Here are 10 interview skills that will help you land the job.

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for their job interview. Why do you ask? Interview skills are learned, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. These 10 interview tips will teach you how to answer interview questions and convince the hiring manager that you are the one for the job.

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Communication Skills

Employers want to hire people who are able to communicate effectively with those inside and outside of the organization.

The communication skills category includes both verbal and written communication skills. That means being able to get your point across in discussions both in-person and virtual.

It’s not enough to be well-spoken. Writing skills are now critical for almost every job because email has become such an important means of communication (and an email is often your first or only impression on a colleague, client, or partner).

In most roles, you must be able to tailor your communications to different audiences. You have to be able to provide the big picture to senior executives and then get down into the detailed instructions for the technical experts. You may be writing directly to customers while simultaneously speaking the right lingo with your coworkers in different departments.

As an employee, you may also be called upon to write reports, newsletters, blog posts and articles, summations, employee reviews, and more. Without adequate (or stellar) written communication skills, your career could suffer.

Why Are Communication Skills So Highly Prized by Employers?

Strong communication skills make you more productive and more effective.

When you communicate well the first time, you save a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted on clarifying, answering questions, correcting wrong perceptions, chasing people down, and fixing mistakes.

Great communication skills can set an employee apart. At the very least, they can mean the difference between the potential for advancement and a stagnant career.

Communication skills are also key to getting hired in the first place. After all, the way you communicate your strengths and what you bring to the employer’s table in your resume and during your interview plays a huge role in whether you get hired — or not.

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