A company would always like to hire a person with an all round personality for the job position that is available in their company. Therefore, employers could ask several questions aiming to find out more about one of the most important positive factors required in the workplace today which is interpersonal abilities – i.e. good and effective communication skills.
Though there are some profiles that require better communication skills and some that do not require that much of communication, there is no job that does not require communicating with others at all. Therefore, the interview may ask you a direct question wanting you to describe how you communicate with other or to tell more about these skills.
Here is how you should answer this question:
Communication Skills – Interview Questions
Are you people oriented?
If you are, than describe how well you communicate with others (colleagues, teammates and co-workers) during your day to day work. Sell some of you positive traits, for example: How good listener you are, how well you give an help to others when needed, how you share thoughts and ideas, how you maintain a positive discussion, how you organize & prioritize people work, how well you convince others, how supportive you are,how you interact/consult with others when solving problems, and how you show an interest to what others are saying.
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Are you a social person? What are you interpersonal skills?
Whether you are a social person or nor is one of the first interview questions on communication skills that are asked. Being social does not mean just making profiles on social networks, but actually getting down and have healthy professional and personal social relationships with most people. Being social can be positive trait, but being too social can be detrimental to you and the company. Therefore, when answering, you should say that while you are social and do take out time to interact with others, you ensure that it does not disturb other important missions in you professional life.
Are you a team player? How do you work in a team environment?
This is more of a team management question, but is sometimes asked in a bid for you to describe your team communication experience and skills, if the prospective job requires working in a team.
You would be best equipped to answer this question because effective teamwork requires good working relationship between team members in order to increase the performance – profitability and productivity.
Teams are organized for achieving company goals more effectively- “more heads are better than one”, as opposed to working alone. If you are a good team player, you should express how well you collaborate, communicate and cooperate with close friends in the team to achieve the team goals.