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

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Concierge
Answer example

"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."

Dispatcher
Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 08/10/2018

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