Communication has been around since the very beginning of time. Back in the old days, cavemen would lumber around possibly ‘oooing’ at one another and would become entranced by little things, such as fire or rain. We have long since progressed … and digressed from that time. Why digressed? Let’s face it, our sophisticated language has become rather simplistic with using the letter ‘r’ instead of taking the time to spelling out ‘are’ and forgetting various capitalisation rules. We also have to remember that using emojis, although fun, are not entirely helpful in day-to-day life – especially during the interview process and certainly difficult to use once we eventually are highered, (🤔👍😍🤷). So, you may be asking yourself, what is the proper way of communicating – that is, without the need of tea, crumpets and the Queen?
Clarity: It’s important to stay brief and specific. This is true for written and verbal communication. No one wants to hear a long story of how you went from point A to B with I, J, K, in the middle. If you truly have problems communicating, don’t forget you can always resort to smoke signals.
Body language/nonverbal communication: Body language and nonverbal communication is another important feature when it comes to interviewing and the workplace. Everything from your posture, crossed legs, mannerisms, even facial expressions can be interpreted to what kind of person you are. Think about it, are you more likely to hire a person who is a slouch and wrings his fingers or someone with their shoulders back perceiving to be relaxed?
Eye contact: Eye contact is a must. Anyone who cannot keep eye contact is typically classified as deceitful. Eye contact tells the interviewer or boss that you understand the requirements of the job and are trustworthy. Meanwhile, if you are on team shifty eyes … well, let’s just say you may soon have a permanent home in the local police precinct.
Confidence: While questions are always good around future employers. You should keep an air of confidence around such inquiries. Confidence is a way of informing coworkers and others that you truly understand the principles of the thingamajig that you just mentioned.
Note: If, by chance, you truly are lost. Either fess-up(!) or keep it together until you have reached your desk and do the massive research needed to get on board.
Friendliness: Above all else, it’s important to be friendly. Although it worked for Grump in Snow White, no one really wants a sourpuss in the workplace. The workplace should be a peaceful and happy environment where everyone works together in harmony.
Feedback: It doesn’t matter if you are a polished professional, feedback is part of the job description. Everyone gives it and everyone receives it. When such occurrences happen, it’s important to remain neutral and absorb in a happy fashion. If you decide to torch the comments later and keep the homeless men warm at night, that is your choice. But also know that you could, maybe, possibly, learn a thing or two from your abnormally new young boss. Which brings us to ….
Open-mindedness: One important trait to remember is to always remain open-minded. Meaning, when you are given a new task, rather than allow your impulsive self to take over, take a breath, count to three and remember that this may not be as hard as you think. Who knows, perhaps your new task will be something that you will truly enjoy and long for in the future.
Listening: While it is critical to keep all the above in mind, it’s important to also remember to stay silent at times and not simply listen but absorb what your partner is saying. Otherwise, you could find yourself accidentally agreeing to go to North Sweden for a business trip over your sister’s wedding. (Don’t forget to bring a coat!)
Proofread: Another good point to mention is always proofread your work – even if it’s simply an email or SMS. Common errors can easily be fixed by an extra 36 seconds of your time.
Equality: It doesn’t matter the position you or your fellow coworker hold. Everyone has a job that must be filled and wants to be treated equally. Just because someone does different work than you, doesn’t mean you have to show it in daily life.
Memory: No one’s memory is perfect. This is why having a pad of paper and pen handy is a good idea. It’s great to write things down, that way you can refer to them at a later time instead of being like American Detective Columbo who constantly returns with another question.
Time Tidbit: A good habit to get into is send your boss – or partner in crime, a friendly follow-up email after meetings. This will show your enthusiasm for the project and sneakily allow you to double check your task.
Hopefully, after successfully reading this article, you now have a better idea of the proper etiquette for interviewing and your new career as a slave – worker in your chosen industry. … Hopefully, you no longer feel like this: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. For more information on how to respond to teamwork interview questions, click here. Or, take a peek at specific communication-related questions on TalentLyft’s Communication Skills blog page.
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