Job Interview Question And Answer: How Have You Demonstrated Your Excellent Communication Skills?
Posted October 3, 2013, by Julia Watters
Strong communication skills are a requirement for practically every job. But it’s one thing to say you have excellent communication skills…and quite another to prove it when asked in an interview.
The first thing you need to do is demonstrate the hallmarks of good communication: listen attentively, speak calmly and confidently, and engage with the interviewer, making eye contact and asking questions where appropriate.
You also need to provide an example of a situation where you demonstrated your high-level ability to communicate.
Here's an example:
'I have demonstrated my strong communication skills, both verbal and written, throughout my career. While working for IFS Investments, it was my responsibility to chair monthly company breakfasts, conduct brainstorming sessions, prepare meeting agendas and keep minutes, as well as compile and distribute post-meeting reports. This role required strong diplomacy and an ability to communicate common goals to a diverse team.
In my current role, I regularly liaise with clients to construct marketing plans, and build my client portfolio by networking and delivering sales pitches. I prepare copy for a diverse group of clients and ensure that the message they are trying to impart in their advertising is conveyed to a range of target markets. My strength in communication has directly contributed to my ability to build and maintain my client base and work effectively within a large and dynamic team.'