Attorney Job Search: Tips For Active Listening During An Interview

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Attorney Job Search: Tips For Actively Listening During An Interview

Research shows that the average person only retains 50% of what they hear because they are not actively listening. Failure to actively listen during a job interview can be costly, leaving a bad impression and even costing you the job opportunity. Below are a few tips on how to actively listen during a job interview.

  • Clear your mind. There are a lot of things to think about before you step into an interview—how you look, how you feel, what you’re going to say, and whether or not you will get the job.  Before you step into the interview room, take the time to clear your mind from all of the mental distractions and just focus on the current moment. By focusing on what is happening now, you will active listeningretain more of what you hear the interviewer said.
  • Do not formulate a response. One of the reasons people fail to really hear what the other person is saying in conversation or even during an interview is because they are formulating their response while the person is talking. Instead of formulating your response while the interviewer is speaking, formulate it afterward. Take a deep breath, and take your time to think about what you’re going to say.
  • Look at the interviewer. Having some kind of visual cues can help prime your memory so that you retain more of what is said. Avoid looking at the floor or anywhere else but the interviewer. You don’t need to stare them in the eye or even stare non-stop, but keep a soft and consistent gaze that falls somewhere on their face.

If you actively listen during an interview, you will retain more of what the interviewer is saying and give responses that address their questions and concerns. Subscribe to the Leopard Blog for discussions on job search tips, law firm insights, and other relevant topics.

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