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Interview Question Database

Skill Specific

Skill specific questions are asked to determine if you have the knowledge and skills to sufficiently perform the required job. When answering skill specific questions, demonstrate that you are capable and the best fit for the job.

Communication

QUESTION INTENT

An employer may ask you communication questions to verify your ability to:

  • Clearly and succinctly communicate with colleagues and target audiences
  • Listen and respond to instructions
  • Convey a genuine interest in the opinions of others
  • Adapt to varied communication styles
  • Determine your communication style and preference

Communication questions allow the employer to evaluate your ability to build strong relationships with work associates, peers, and clients. An employer will likely be observing your communication skills throughout the interview.

TIPS FOR RESPONDING TO COMMUNICATION Q's
  • Demonstrate clarity and fluency of oral communication in your responses and throughout all your communication (including body language) during the interview
  • Describe situations from past work experiences in which you have gone the extra mile to ensure effective communication
  • Provide examples of how you have adapted your communication style to accommodate different people and situations

How would you define effective verbal communication?


Answer Tips

Answer Tips

•  Demonstrate clarity and fluency of oral communication in your responses and throughout all your communication (including body language) during the interview
•  Describe situations from past work experiences in which you have gone the extra mile to ensure effective communication
•  Provide examples of how you have adapted your communication style to accommodate different people and situations

Please demonstrate how you would tell a high-profile client or professor you and your team will not make the project deadline.

Interviewers will be interested to learn how you will communicate challenges to a clients.

Answer Tips

Answer Tips

  • Determine the appropriate and client/professor preferred method to communicate the information  
  • Advise the client/professor that you would like to meet with them to discuss the project status
  • Provide a balanced summary of the project including highlights and the challenge (sandwich technique)
  • Share concrete information on the current status of the project with details on why the deadline will not be met
  • Take responsibility for delays/errors and apologize for the inconvenience
  • If relevant, outline suggestions on how the timeline could be met or propose a revised timeline with details on how it will be achieved

Describe your communication style.

With this question, the interviewer is trying to determine your self-awareness of communication style, as well as if you realize the potential consequences of communication style.

Answer Tips

Answer Tips

Give a few examples of when your style differed, based on the situations you've encountered.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your writing skills?

Whether it's creating marketing plans and brochure material or simply conversing with clients via e-mail, being able to communicate effectively in writing is key. Employers need to know that you are capable of creating such material without extensive editing from others.

Answer Tips

Answer Tips

If you've already secured an interview, give yourself a pat on the back because your cover letter was probably well-written. Now, to impress the employer further, bring some of your best-written work and showcase it in your portfolio. To answer the question, be modest but not too modest. Give yourself anywhere between an 8 and a 9.5 out of 10. If the employer wonders why you didn't brag a perfect 10, reply that everyone, even the best writers can improve and should be open to suggestions. This way, not only are you a pretty good writer, but an honest one at that!

How would you communicate a concern to your supervisor?


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Tell me about a situation that occurred as a result of a lack of communication.


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What are important tips to remember when presenting to an audience?


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