10 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
A study of law and order enforcement professionals also backed up this belief that effective communication is essential. The study, published in the International Journal of the Legal Practice & Resources, found that a whopping 80% of interviewees and 80% of officer exam candidates had poor communication skills.
Communication is not just something that courts can do. The communication skills required by criminal investigators and by security guards for example, are needed in a number of workplaces, including: police, security (both private and government), insurance companies, outpatient clinics, temporary employment agencies and recruiters.
Research has also shown that candidates with a better command of communication skills are more likely to be hired. This is because, if communication is part of the skill set they already have, it will be present no matter where someone is employed. It is also an effective method for interviewing, as it allows the candidate to expand on the role they already have while they are being recruited.
For example, if a recruitment agency were looking for a "customer service representative", they would expect someone with good communication skills to apply. Someone who is able to speak in a way that is both professional and conversational will not only be able to speak and listen to questions, but will be able to converse with the interviewer, moving the conversation forward in a way that will be meaningful and interesting.
This is why it is important to find out as much as possible about the communication skills of people you might be interviewing with. That way, you can make a better informed decision about whether or not you want to consider them for your potential employment.
Here are some related questions you could ask a person you are interviewing with:
1. What kind of communication skills do you have?
2. What kind of communication skills do you need to be most effective?
3. How did you become a communicator?
4. Did you find that work, or did you not find it at all?
5. What made it so difficult for you to speak and write well?
6. What are your communication habits and strengths?
7. What works well for you when you communicate with people, and what doesn't?
8. What topics do you feel comfortable talking about, and what topics keep you from speaking about them?
9. What are you most interested in learning, and in pursuing?
10. What are you most prepared to gain from your education? And what could you get from it?
11. How do you make decisions?
12. What aspects of communication do you find difficult to master?
13. What are the most difficult questions you have encountered in recent times? How did you answer them?
14. What was the biggest mistake you have made in your career so far?
15.How would you communicate with your boss if your boss were a person with no experience in this role? If they were, what would they say about you?
16. What are the personal qualities that are required for a person to be good at this sort of work?
17. What are the essential skills for a person to be able to compete with others and win?
18. What are the findings of your recent analysis of your boss's position and the organization?
19. The primary reasons you want to work for this organization?
20. Assess your current status at the workplace and find out how you are doing. What is your analysis as to why you are where you are today?
21. Where have you seen yourself most recently and where are you going to go?
22. By what act or mannerisms do you present and carry yourself in your work and social environments?
23. In what social settings do you feel most comfortable?
24. How do you get along with people who are different from you?
25. Do you prefer to work alone or in groups?
26. What is your greatest fear?
27. What causes alexulousness in you?
28. What relaxes you?
29. What would you like to be learning in school (hours per say)?