Interview Skills & Public Speaking

Interview Skills & Public Speaking

Putting thoughts into action.

Speaking comfortably in public doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but it’s not difficult to learn how to speak in front of a crowd if you have the right tools and support. Our trained guidance counselors and instructors can provide expert direction on not stressing out about speaking in public, adapting to your audience and becoming a better listener. Armed with these skills, you’ll be ready for any question you might encounter in your next job interview. This chapter includes methods for:

Managing Public Speaking Anxiety

Nervous about speaking in front of strangers? This lesson offers simple strategies for reducing your anxiety before and during public speaking activities like a job interview.

Speaking to Your Audience

The key to effective public speaking is knowing your audience. Our public speaking pros teach you how to focus on the needs of your audience, such as prospective employers, and offer some tips for adapting to your audience’s reactions to your speech or responses to interview questions.

Using Effective Listening Skills

Knowing the strategies for effective listening can help you make a great impression in a job interview. Our instructors offer advice on becoming a better listener and inform you of some of the obstacles that make being a good listener in a public speaking situation difficult.

Persuading Your Audience

In an interview, your job is to persuade potential employers that you’re the right person for the position. Let our guidance counselors teach you some key persuasive strategies, like using contemporary appeals, being understood and being realistic.

Building Credibility

Interviewers and potential employers want to know that you have the skills and knowledge required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Our lessons teach you how to state your abilities with conviction, deliver your presentation effectively and use evidence to support your claims.

Delivering an Impromptu Speech

Worried that you might be put on the spot or unable to answer a question during an interview? Get tips from our experts before you go to your next interview to learn how to prepare for an impromptu speech.