Excellent communication skills in the workplace are important. That is why so many resumes contain the words “Great Communication Skills.” But there’s a difference between saying you can communicate and proving it. So when asked interview questions about communication style, it’s important to have a solid answer.
Behavioral Interview Question: What communication style do you prefer to use when interacting with your manager or other team members?
When you are asked about communication style, it’s important to be adaptable. Do not stick to just one communication strategy. Adapt your answer to suit the exact question asked. Hiring managers want to know that you’ve put thought into how you communicate. They also need to see that you can change your communication style depending on the situation.
How to Answer:
“It’s difficult to give an exact communication style since I tend to adapt my communication style to suit the needs of my manager or team. I will say that I employed an open, honest, but respectful communication style with my previous manager. I trusted his judgement and would defer to his expertise, but I also wanted him to know when I had a good idea to contribute, or when I thought I could bring something more to a project. For that, it required me to be confident and authentic.
With my team members, I adapted to their needs. Not everyone is at the same developmental level nor do they communicate the same way. I felt that it was important to get to know them as individuals to see how I could communicate with them in the most effective way.”
With any interview question about communication style, the more specific and thoughtful your answer the better. The employer will feel like you are someone that genuinely knows how to communicate. You simply need to make sure you don’t sound too inflexible with your answer.
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