Listening - Are you a good listener?
First off, you’ve got to understand the task you’ve been set, and especially when starting a new job, you’ll have to listen and learn to the ropes. In many job roles you will be required to understand and process important or complex information and not listening effectively can lead to potentially costly mistakes. Employers commonly complain about their staff’s inability to listen effectively – what can you do to ensure this isn’t about you? What examples do you have of being a good listener?
Written Communication – Can you write accurately, clearly and concisely in variety of styles?
Some job roles will require an element of writing skills. You may be required to adapt your writing style frequently, producing reports, press releases, marketing materials, letters or emails, and you may have to write for the web, for customers, shareholders and colleagues.
Think about when you’ve had to write in a certain style at school (probably for English), have you had to write stories for different age groups? Or what about when you write a professional email rather than a text you’d send to a mate?
Verbal Communication – Can you speak clearly and dynamically in a variety of situations?
The third part of excellent communication skills is your spoken language – employers require strong spoken communication skills, especially when it comes to things like health and safety. If you’ve told someone to do something, you need to know they have understood you – this is all down to how you have explained it to them.
Have you done any presentations or talks at school? Are you polite and inspiring? Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is a great skill to have!