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Interviewing Skills by Tim Hindle

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Honing Listening Skills

Attentive listening is one of the most essential abilities of an interviewer. If you appear to be listening, your interviewee will be encouraged to keep talking. Work at keeping your concentration focused and becoming aware of your body language.

TIP

You have two ears and one mouth – listen twice as much as you talk.

Analyzing your skills

Most people like the the sound of their own voice, yet also believe that they are good listeners. Try this test to find out how good a listener you are. Tape-record a conversation with a colleague, then listen to it objectively. Who talks most? Who talks the fastest? Do you respond to your colleague’s concerns, or merely continue what you were saying before you were interrupted? ...

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