Today’s post is short and hopefully sweet.
When being interviewed, particularly on the telephone you need to get to the point quickly.
Life today is fast paced. We ‘tweet’ in 140 characters or less. We consume fast food, drink coffee on the go and get frustrated in traffic. We know what we want and we want it now.
Yes, I believe this evolution to be damaging our life experience somewhat. I really feel that just five minutes of silence everyday just to smell that coffee, taste that food and take calming breaths can be enormously beneficial. Yet that’s not the point of the post (see what I did there?) so back on track.
The Recruiter is trying to get something from you be it your experience, point of view, motivation etc. You need to give it to them whilst they’re still listening.
Our attention spans are getting shorter (Are you still reading?) Acknowledge your audience. Watch their body language, look out for nods of approval or listen for encouraging and reciprocal tones. Make and maintain eye contact. If you’re not receiving anything you can always ask if you should go on, expand further or clarify anything?
They could be completely engrossed in what you have to say or in the cityscape they’ve been doodling complete with miniature people, cars and window boxes. If you don’t pay attention to them you’re making it harder for them to pay attention to you.
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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket