Active Listening

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone where you feel a strong connection, that they are 100% invested in what you are saying? That is the power of active listening.

Some key tips to help you be an active listener*:

  • Neutral and nonjudgmental
  • Patient (periods of silence are not “filled”)
  • Verbal and nonverbal feedback to show signs of listening (e.g., smiling, eye contact, leaning in, mirroring)
  • Asking questions
  • Reflecting back what is said
  • Asking for clarification
  • Summarizing

On your next interview active listening will make the difference between it being a good interview or a great interview.

*Topornycky J, Golparian S. Balancing openness and interpretation in active listeningCollected Essays on Learning & Teaching. 2016;9:175-184.