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Communication Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Rate your listening skills from 1-10. What would your coworkers say about your listening skills?

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    Rate your listening skills from 1-10. What would your coworkers say about your listening skills?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you rate your listening skills, and how your rating would compare to how others would rate you in return. Avoid giving yourself a 10, as nobody is perfect, and you do not want to come across as someone who is unable to accept feedback. Alternately, avoid giving yourself too little credit. You do not want to paint the picture that you are a terrible listener! Stay in the 7.5-9.5 range and back your rating with a comment you have received from a coworker recently.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would say that my listening skills are a 9/10. My supervisor recently mentioned how much he appreciates that I do not check my phone in the middle of a conversation as many people do."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am certainly not perfect so that I will rate myself an 8/10 for listening skills. I could be more present at times, especially when a conversation seems to be dragging on an on, or a meeting is running past time. I think my current boss would rate me around the same, if not a bit higher. I do have a penchant for recalling small details which seems to impress him quite often."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I will rate myself as an 8.75/10. I have solid listening skills, primarily when it comes to learning about my team and their needs. Being involved and available is a fundamental part of making my team feel important and listened to. In a recent performance review, my team has let me know that they appreciate my listening skills."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "Listening, and discovering everything there is to learn about our clients and their audience is the most important part of creating a marketing strategy that works. We must understand and absorb everything that we can to best form and communicate an effective brand story, for example. I am proud of my listening skills and will rate myself as a 9/10."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I spend my day listening to my customers, and their needs. I have been well trained and would rate my listening skills as an 8/10. My customers often thank me for listening to what they need and making accurate suggestions."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "To make a sale, and a repeat customer, I need to utilize second-to-none listening skills. I have had many clients comment on my ability to listen, and remember what they have to say. My sales manager has also complimented me on my abilities in this area. For that reason, I will rate myself as a 9.5/10!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My students often comment on how well I listen to them. When we are in class, and one-on-one, I make sure to eliminate distractions and give them my full attention. I will rate my listening skills as a 9/10. There is always room to grow, and I am sure to embrace any feedback that I receive from my leadership team or a student."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Electrician Apprentice Interview

      "I would say that my listening skills are a 9/10. My supervisor recently mentioned how much he appreciates that I do not check my phone in the middle of a conversation like many people do."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Food Service Manager Interview

      "I am certainly not perfect so that I will rate myself an 8.5/10 for listening skills. I could be more present at times, especially when a conversation with a coworker seems to be trivial. I think my current boss would rate me around the same, if not a bit higher. I do have a penchant for recalling small details of a conversation, which seems to impress him quite often."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I will rate myself as an 8.75 out of 10. I have good listening skills, primarily when it comes to learning about my team and their needs. Being involved and available is a fundamental part of making my team feel important and listened to. In a recent performance review, my team has let me know that they appreciate my listening skills. Also, when I started working with the previous organization, my supervisor mentioned how much he appreciates that I do not check my phone in the middle of a conversation, as many people do."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Checking your phone is a fantastic example, as that is the complaint of many hiring managers. Specifics like this will definitely earn you points in an interview!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My coworkers would say that I am approximately 8 out of 10. I sometimes may miss a detail if a meeting drags on, someone doesn't get around to making their point quickly, or if someone is jumping around the topic."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try to avoid phrasing like 'drags on' etc. as it could sound negative or sarcastic. I have offered an alternate answer, below.

      "My coworkers would give me an 8 out of 10 for listening skills. I am a keen listener in meetings; however, I have the room from improvement in situations where meetings are not as concise as they could be."

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