By Ugnius Kacenauskas. Employment in the media industry. Introduction.
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If your job is more of an office job or a more higher class job, always look smart. The most popular & most respected attire for men & woman are: Men's Interview Attire:-Solid color-conservative suit-White long sleeve shirt-Conservative tie-Dark socks, professional shoes-Very limited jewelryWomen's Interview Attire:-Solid color-conservative suit/Dress-Coordinated blouse-Moderate shoes-Limited jewelry-Neat, professional hairstyle Tan or light hosiery-Sparse make-up & perfume-Manicured nails-Portfolio or briefcaseIf the job is more of a casual job where you might not need to look completely smart you can always add casual clothing, in this case Jeans, a nice plain shirt & shoes would be completely fine. However Ladies & Gentlemen, just be careful on how you wear the smart clothing. Employers don’t like ladies wearing Tight mini skirts or dresses & for men, never wear trousers that are really tight, never wear see-through clothing & always have all your buttons done.
Body Language – Always have positive body language and try to be unpretictable. Your posture is the most important as this will define your confidence. Always sit straight. Always make eye contact when answering questions as this will leave a good impression. Eye contact – Like mentioned above in Body language, always make eye contact when speaking or answering questions. Don’t make too much eye contact and make yourself look creepy. Too much is also not good.Shake Hands – Before the interview & after the interview, always shake hands. Don’t be scared to make the handshake firm if it is a male interviewer as this shows your confidence and positive attitude. If its a female employer, don’t make it too firm. Speak Clearly – Along with your posture, you need to speak clearly. If your posture is high and you speak with a low voice and feel shy, your positive impression will fail. Speak in an energetic and lively voice but dont shout. Along with this make sure you have clear speech so the employer understands.
So how can you improve your interpersonal skills?Learn to listen – You need to make sure you know the difference between listening & hearing. Carefully listen to what others say verbally and non-verbally and make sure you understand the meanining.Choose your words – Be very aware of the words you use while talking to others. You could easily be misunderstood and confuse others. Always practice clarity & always seeks feedback to make sure people understood you. This can be practiced with family and friends. Relax – When we are nervous we tend to talk faster and less clear. Being tense and nervous is also evident to our body language & other non-verbal communication. Instead try to stay relaxed, speak clearly & make eye contact. Clarify – Show an interest to people that you are talking to. Ask them questions to clarify what they said so nothing is misunderstood. Empathies - Understand that other people may have different points of view. Try to see things from their perspective. You may learn something whilst gaining the respect and trust of others. Practice and use these techniques and your interpersonal skills will improve dramatically!