I was approached recently about publishing a guest post on improving listening skills. Though this was written to help you understand how listening is important when interviewing for a job or admission to a college I feel they’re important in every aspect of life.
The following is a partnered post prepared by Scholar Advisor
Whether you’re giving a job interview or you’re trying to get a place in a college, you’ll always have to speak well. It’s like fighting your case – you’ve to make them understand why they should approve your job or admission application. However, the interesting thing is that you can speak well if you know how to listen well. It means you need to prepare yourself considering the admission requirements, and listen carefully to what your recruiter say to answer effectively.
Here are a few tips to improve your listening skills.
- When you sit in front of your recruiter, make sure you maintain eye contact. By doing this, you will manage to keep yourself focused and involved.
- It is very important that you focus on content. Don’t pay a lot of attention to the delivery of content, or else you’ll fail to listen effectively.
- One of the issues most people face is that they get too emotionally involved in listening, and often fail to hear effectively. In this situation, you only hear what you want to hear, not what the other person is actually saying. It is therefore of immense importance to remain open-minded while communicating with your recruiter.
- Before going for an interview, practice a bit and take listening as a serious mental task. You may go online and find a site with an education portal. On these portals, you can find streaming videos to improve your listening power. Not only this, it’s also possible to find a good education portal where you can find interesting tips to prepare yourself for a job interview. You may also watch TV shows or movies and hone your listening skills.
- Finally, be willing to show you’re listening – you can do it through your body language. You may smile and nod occasionally to show you’re involved. Also, maintain an inviting and open posture to make your interviewer feel that you’re a confident person.
Being able to explain your interests and life experiences is one of the most important admission requirements, and you can always impress your recruiter if you have good listening skills.