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Communication

  • Being able to be clearly understood when you speak, and the ability to listen to and understand what others say are clearly important, particularly given that speech remains the form of communication most often used.
  • As a job applicant, these skills are clearly important in interview situations, and ultimately in the workplace. The more opportunities you take to practice these skills, the more confident you will become. It is worth remembering that you will develop these skills in a variety of contexts. These include activities you undertake outside the curriculum, including any paid employment.
  • Speak more slowly than you would normally. You will probably have good public speaking skills from lecturing experience and giving conference papers, but because you are unusually nervous you might speak too quickly
  • If you are faced with a question that you are unsure of, admit it. Do not try to bluff your way out of it ‘politician-style' by changing the subject or answering a different question. It is much more professional to ask the speaker to rephrase the question, or to be light-hearted and admit you don't know the answer. Your interviewers will respect you more for being honest.
  • Even if you feel the interview has gone badly, try to leave on a positive note. Thank the panel for their time and say that you look forward to hearing from them soon. Perhaps say that you have found the day very challenging but rewarding. Give a firm handshake and look the panel members in the eye. This will linger in their minds and will leave a better impression than slinking off with barely a word.

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