How to speak fluently during interviews?
Have you ever thought that you don’t stand a chance of getting that job you desire if:
- You sometimes get stuck for words when speaking in English;
- Using the right English tenses during a conversation
- You don’t know how to sound professional during important events such as job interviews and meetings
Don’t worry! Today we would be providing you some great tips in which you can clear your interview rounds at ease. Now, What to be done Before the Interview :
- Review the oral rating scale so that you know what the examiner will be checking for.
- Practice beforehand by having a friend or colleague interview you with questions found on our recommended websites or other resources. You may want to record this and have a native English speaker listen to it with you to identify ways that you could have answered more naturally.
During the Interview:
- Relax: You are not expected to be perfect – just to be fluent enough to function easily in an English-speaking office.
- Keep talking: Try to give more than a 3-word answer to each question. The examiner wants to hear you talk more than the interviewer. The examiner cannot easily give you a score if you only say ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
- Speak slowly, audibly, and clearly. If you tend to speak fast when you’re nervous, try to speak slower. You’ll be understood better. If you usually have a soft voice, make an effort to speak louder. It’s impossible for an examiner to give you a score if she/he can’t hear you.
- Feel free to take control of the conversation. Interviewers have been advised to avoid talking about politics or other sensitive topics – but have not been given exact questions to ask. Thus, the content is not as important as your appearing ‘fluent’ – and a fluent conversationalist sometimes changes the subject
- Don’t memorize – or give a lecture. Remember that this is meant to be a conversation, not a recording of you reading, saying something you memorized, or giving a lecture to your interviewer.
In our view, there are a few other things you can do to improve your verbal facility, which includes:
• Practice reading a short passage or an article from your daily newspapers or magazines. Tape-record it, so that you will know where to make adjustments and corrections. You can even invite a good buddy to listen so as to give you candid feedback.
• Randomly pick up a photo or picture and proceed to articulate as much as you can, about what you see in it
• Every time you have finished watching a movie or reading a storybook, do your best to articulate the key ideas and salient points to yourself. As usual, you can tape-record and/or get a friend to listen.
• Read a lot. Newspapers, novels, your textbooks, watch youtube videos etc. If you don’t understand a word then the internet is your best friend .. search for it and hear how it is pronounced.
• Think in English (or the language you want to learn)
• Always participate in extracurricular activities even if its for a small part, this way you can talk to more people.
• Go for seminars and watch the speaker’s body language and try to ape him..Slowly you will know your style what works for you.
At last, we would summarize as don’t be too concerned about your stuttering. Just focus on your objective to practice speaking fluently, and proceed to speak naturally. Yes, it takes an iota of personal courage, but that’s the process of natural learning. Also remember, fear is essentially a perceived notion, and always a transient event. It will pass.
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