This Article is About
barriers to effective communication
communication barriers
interview one
job interview
wrong answer
eye contact
communication skills
7 Barriers To Effective Communication In Job Interviews
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

7 Barriers to Effective Communication In Job Interviews

When you attend a job interview one of the skills you will be judged on are your communication skills. When you’re concentrating on trying to give the best answers you can, coupled with any nerves you may have, you can forget about your communication skills and unconsciously create barriers in the way you communicate with the interviewer or panel.

Listed below are some of the communication barriers that candidates create. Some of these may well resonate with you.

1. Not smiling: If you forget to smile when someone first greets you, it can immediately create a barrier. Make sure that you smile at each person you’re introduced to.

2. Speaking too quickly or too slowly: If you’re one of those people who naturally talk very quickly, this can become worse in interviews. Make sure that you slow down your speech, otherwise people will lose what you’re saying or you may make them feel tired out. If you speak too slowly, just because you’re thinking you will lose the interviewer and they’ll find it difficult to concentrate. You have to strike the right balance.

3. Talking too much or too little: Talking too much can really damage your chances in an interview. It can look like you’re too fond of the sound of your own voice or not interested in other people. It can also give the impression you're not listening. Talking too little can also create a barrier between you and the interviewer. No interviewer wants to feel like they're dragging information out of you.

4. Not listening: Is probably one of the worst communication errors that you can make. Of course if you don’t hear something, you ask for it to be repeated, but you must make sure that you don’t talk over people or not listen to questions that you are asked – if you do you might find yourself giving the entirely wrong answer.

5. Not making eye contact: If you don’t maintain eye contact with your interviewer or members of the panel, they may well find it difficult to engage with you.

6. Directing answers to single member of the panel : Some candidates make the mistake when being interviewed or delivering a presentation of directing their remarks or responses to one or two people that they think are the most influential. However, if you do this you immediately exclude the other people present and they are likely to view you less favourably in return.

7. Attitude: Ensure that your attitude does not become a communication barrier. If you appear superior, act as if an organisation would be lucky to employ you, seem bored, criticise current colleagues or employer you will have no chance of getting the job. Even if the interviewer appears hostile, rise above it and maintain your equilibrium at all times.

If you are aware that you do any of these things mentioned above, what can you do about it? Having more self-awareness is a start, but the best way to conquer any of these tendencies or habits is through visualisation. By using visualisation techniques, you can walk through the whole interview process concentrating on how you will communicate at each stage minimising the chances of you using any bad habits and harming your chances of being selected as the ideal candidate.

Street Talk

Ken Lasch  

Also, the interviewer will like it when you do your homework and they will ask you at the end of the interview if you have any questions. At that point it is time for you to shine and ask questions. Go over your cover letter and resume with a family member or friend. Practice, practice, practice makes perfect.

  about 5 years ago
You May Also Like
Barriers to Effective Communication
The most successful organisations will recognise that communicating effectively with their clients, customers or service uses is key to their success. It’s well known fact that it is much easier to retain an existing customer than it is to get a new one. So why is it that so many…
By: BeverleyIS in  Business  >  Customer Service   May 01, 2011  
  Likes: 1

3 Barriers to Effective Communication
Many people would define effective communication as “getting your message across in a clear, unambiguous manner”; I define it as “getting the result you want from the communication”. We communicate for a wide variety of reasons, from a need to be understood to convincing someone of something, to getting a…
By: Debby Sanders in  Self Improvement  >  Personal Growth   Aug 25, 2011  
  Likes: 25

Communication Barriers And Strategies
Workforce diversity is considered to be inclusive of everyone, and creates a non-discriminatory work environment. Furthermore, it promotes, and compliments the integration of professional differences, without bias of gender, race, social status, e.g. ethiniticiy. The benefit of diversity integration is the enhancement of relationship building, and increased opportunity for positive…
By: Nicole Wagner in  Communications   Apr 19, 2012  
  Likes: 1

A Path to Personal Growth: Learn a Second Language
Speaking form personal experience, I can say that there are few things that expand a person’s horizons like learning about other cultures. One of the great joys in life for me is the newness of trying new foods, listening to the sounds of new music, and learning about different lifestyles.…
By: Sheldon Gray in  Self Improvement   Sep 09, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Staying Positive With Him
There are several reasons why staying positive with him, (your boyfriend, husband, fiance) will benefit you. You can take your relationship to a whole new level by simply utilizing some of these strategies... We all know stress can cause damage to your internal AND external system. Stress can lead to…
By: Wiliah in  Relationships  >  Communication   Feb 12, 2013  
  Likes: 2

Today, I Should Have Just Stayed In Bed
Some days are so unkind to us that we feel like screaming. If you do scream, someone is going to call the mental ward to take you away. Therefore, we must play this political correct game to maintain our status in society. Everyone should have figured out that we are…
By: ed smith in  Home Improvement   Mar 28, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Dealing With A Hostile Interviewer
Interviews can be nerve-racking occasions, but even more so if you find yourself with a hostile interviewer. One of the problems is you don’t know if the hostility is part of a test to see how you react in a stressful situation or it’s because the interviewer is naturally abrasive…
By:  in  Business  >  Interviews   Aug 26, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Good Interviewing Tips - 3 Awesome Techniques to Help You Get the Job
It can be hard trying to find a job in this day and age, especially with the way the employment market is going with added stress of financial debt. Fortunately with good interviewing tips it can be possible for you to get the job and pass the interview successfully. It…
By: Agielus in  Business  >  Interviews   Jun 10, 2011  
  Likes: 0

The Missing Ingredient From Tips for Job Interviews
If you were asked by a friend to give them some general tips for a job interviews, I wonder what advice you would give them. Some of the most common tips would probably be about being well prepared and knowing about the organisation, the sorts of questions you may be…
By:  in  Business  >  Interviews   Mar 28, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How to Use the Power Of the Mind for Job Interviews
No matter what some people do, from the moment they’re called for a job interview they start to dread the thought of attending. For some, it’s the whole interview process, for others it may be the presentation and for others it’s the exercises or the interview questions. It doesn’t matter…
By:  in  Business  >  Interviews   Apr 19, 2011  
  Likes: 1

How to Answer Interview Questions
I’ve always been surprised by how badly some people answer questions in interviews, particularly ones about themselves. When I’ve given feedback, many people have explained their poor performance by saying “I wasn’t expecting to be asked that” – my response was generally “Why not? “. . Anticipating what will be…
By:  in  Business  >  Interviews   Apr 02, 2011  
  Likes: 0

What to Wear to an Interview
What to Wear to an Interview Going on a job interview is like going on a date only not nearly as much fun, most of the time. Just like you carefully consider what you are going to wear when you are going out for the evening you need to consider…
By: Jess Neill in  Business  >  Interviews   Dec 07, 2010  
  Likes: 18

How To Pass An Interview For A Job - 3 Remarkable Tips
Are you sick of apply for job after job and feel like your efforts are getting no where? most people can go through many job rejections even if they have what it takes, Fortunately never give up there is always away to learn how to pass an interview for a…
By: Agielus in  Business  >  Interviews   Jun 02, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How to Prepare for A Video Interview
You have spent days preparing for your upcoming interview. You picked out the perfect suit, got your hair cut, and practiced answering questions in front of the bathroom mirror. Now, at last, the big day has finally arrived. It is time to get dressed, take a few deep breaths, and...step…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Business  >  Interviews   Sep 04, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Interview Preparation Tips - Amazing Employment Techniques To Get Employed!
Do you feel less confident when it’s time to go to an interview? Just when you think you can be confident your nerves start to get the best of you. Learn some interview preparation tips about what employers think of potential employees. Below are some helpful tips about what employers…
By: Agielus in  Business  >  Interviews   Jun 01, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 8876    Report this Article