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Effective listening is a concept that is integral to receiving gainful employment. Being an attentive listener may seem pretty straight forward, but when it comes to listening in an employment environment, it’s imperative that you’re exceptionally attune to everything that is being communicated. An interviewer will be conveying a lot of information to the interviewee and it is in their best interest to be the best listener that they can be.

Listening is something that comes as effortless as breathing in and out, but there are ways to be better listeners. First of all, eliminating any distractions will be helpful to increase focus. These could be looking repeatedly at your phone, picking at your nails, spacing out, or practicing the next thing that you’re going to say in your head. When your interviewer is speaking to you, try your best to look them in the eye and utilize body language and facial expressions that signify that you’re engaged with what they’re saying. Another action to avoid would be to interrupt the speaker while they’re talking to you about their company or the position that you’re interviewing for. This may seem pretty obvious, but even a harmless moment of speaking out of turn as a result of wanting to add in an anecdote can come across as disrespectful to the interviewer. Asking questions is a wonderful move on the interviewees part because it illustrates that they’re really paying attention and want to fully understand the ideas being expressed. Also, summarizing key points that the interviewer is saying shows your ability to appreciate the information being conveyed and your understanding of it, too.

Practicing effective listening not only will benefit your professional life, but your personal life as well. When you’re able to communicate meaningfully with those around you it allows you to be understood, and to understand others as well. There’s nothing better than that! If you want to learn more about becoming a better listener, check out this great resource I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you stay safe and sound as we begin the Fall season. See you in October! 

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