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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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Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

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Communication Interview Questions & Answers

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    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      How to Answer

      In business, it's vital that you are solid both as a written, and a verbal communicator. Your talents may lean one way or another, and that is okay. Discuss with the interviewer in which manner you prefer to communicate and then be sure to discuss how you are improving in the other.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, wires can be crossed, due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I do not lean one way or the other when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I like to leverage both methods of communication when dealing with business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or vice versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am comfortable with both so it would depend on the message, I suppose. Big news needs to be communicated verbally and followed up in written form, but quick messages or simple changes can be communicated effectively through email without the hassle of breaking away from work for a call or meeting."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I am a better verbal communicator. I spend the bulk of my day speaking with customers and training my staff on new sales, policies, or products. I can certainly communicate well in written form, also."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "As a salesperson, I am skilled in both written and verbal forms of communication, but I prefer verbal. I am a great conversationalist and close most of my sales in person or over the phone."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I would say that I am a better verbal communicator simply because I spend most of my day communicating in that method. I can certainly communicate well in written form; however, I do have more experience communicating verbally."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Concierge Interview

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Ryan's Answer for a Dispatcher Interview

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face or phone conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Administrative Officer Interview

      "I am comfortable with both so it would depend on the message, I suppose. Big news needs to be communicated verbally and followed up in the written form. However, quick messages or simple changes can be communicated effectively through email without the hassle of breaking away from work for a call or meeting."

      Clara's Answer for a Call Center Interview

      "I am a strong written and verbal communicator with several years of professional experience using both, though if I had to choose I would say that I am a better verbal communicator. I choose verbal because I really enjoy connecting with others, and I feel that I am able to better meet someone's needs when I can modify my communication in real time. I am confident in my ability to engage audiences and individuals with my captivating, almost storytelling way of speaking and sharing information."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Abdominal Sonographer Interview

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression, and body language. I will always choose a face-to-face conversation whenever possible."

      3 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am comfortable communicating both ways. In verbal communication you can feel the tone and analyze the body language, but there is no way to return back and check what has been spoken in that conversation, so I prefer written communication, as one can always look back on written communication for reference."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good start. You prefer written communication because you have a record. Is it also more effective in some ways? Can you make your point of view more clearly in writing?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am comfortable communicating both ways. In verbal communication, you can feel the tone and analyze the body language, but there is no way to return back and check what has been spoken in that conversation, so I prefer written communication, as one can always look back on written communication for reference and also written communication is a documented proof of your and other parties."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent response--it is great that you are able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing!

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