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.
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.
- 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?
• 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.
- 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