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
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 listening. Collected Essays on Learning & Teaching. 2016;9:175-184.