Communication skills in Entry Level Interviews

It really is necessary to hammer this point in about interviews, and since you're at entry level, now is the time to learn how vital communication is.

Doesn't matter how good you are; if you can't communicate, forget it. Interviews are based entirely on communication. Never mind good body language, or astrology, or other strange rituals which many people seem to think are so important in interviews.

You must get your points across, clearly.

At entry level, this is even more important than normal job interviews.

You don't have the luxuries of a good work history, professional publications, a Nobel Prize or anything else to make yourself conspicuously better than other candidates. The only thing that can make you stand out as a candidate is your communication.

Remember, you're talking to professionals.

Do not ever underestimate the ability of any professional interviewer to see straight through lousy communication and low grade information, however sophisticated it might sound. You can kill yourself in the process of garbling a few comments. You get some tolerance at entry level, but it's not infinite, and people who make repeated blunders just wipe themselves out.

This is where you need to develop your own professional standards, and that's quite a lot easier than it sounds.

You will have noticed in your training and studies that not all professional textbooks are written by Shakespeare. Some parts are done very badly, and you had to do your own checking and translation to decipher what you were supposed to be learning.

The information was there, just horribly expressed. By the time you'd read it, you weren't informed, just tangled up in a mess of facts very poorly put together.

That is exactly what you need to avoid in an interview. Simplicity of expression to get a point across is the best way to handle any interview question.

Now- Have a look at the essential criteria, the position description, and anything you've picked up from the contact person.

How do you best express your knowledge, simply, including everything?

Sometimes you can go into detail, but that can be an own goal.

If you think you can improve your answer, remain clear, and add some value, you can do that.

But- Ask first if they want extra detail. It may not be necessary.

There are time factors in any interview, as above, and if you're about to launch into a three hour monologue, they may not be too enthusiastic. They'll appreciate that you thought to ask them, anyway.

Be brief, but concise, in your answer, and any additional information.