Main Communication Tips for a Job Interview

You might well be the right candidate for the job on paper, but your chances of landing the role won't be helped if you can't communicate effectively at an interview. Being interviewed for a new job can be a nerve-wracking experience. It's a good idea to think about your communication skills and techniques before you're in front of an interview panel.


Make sure you've done your homework before showing up for your interview. Research the company you're interviewing for, the role you've applied for and your interview panel if you know whom you'll be meeting in advance. You won't be able to communicate effectively if you've got nothing to say. Run through the job description of the position you're interviewing for and prepare a few statements about your background that concisely explain why you're the right candidate for the job. It's also wise to prepare a few questions based on your research to ask at the end of your interview.

Greeting and Body Language

Firmly shake the hand of each member of your interview panel while maintaining a broad smile and steady eye contact at the beginning of the meeting. Sit down only when you are asked to, and address your interviewers by the name they use to introduce themselves. If the head of your interview panel introduces herself with a prefix such as Ms., use this when addressing her. Sit up straight and try not to fidget. Doing so will make you appear nervous and perhaps unprepared.

Timing and Manners

Speak in a clear and authoritative voice throughout your interview. Wait for your interviewers to stop speaking before asking any questions and keep your answers no longer than they need to be when you're being quizzed. Resist the urge to waffle, and take care to only include information relating directly to the questions you're asked.


Listen intently to what your interview panel has to say. Pay close attention to the information they give you and make sure you fully understand each question before giving your answers. If you don't understand a question, don't be afraid to say so. This would be preferable to trying to bluff your way through and answering awkwardly or incorrectly.


Stand up straight and shake the hand of each interviewer at the end of your meeting. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and say how much you enjoyed the experience. Send your interviewers a thank you note or email them within 48 hours of your meeting.