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

1 of 20 Communication Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on April 19th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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!"

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Electrician Apprentice
Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 08/11/2018
Last modified on: 04/19/2019
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