Listening Matters on the Job and in the Job Search

February 9th, 2016 | Food for Thought, Hiring Resources, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »


Listening is sometimes an underrated concept. There has been much focus on making yourself heard and having a loud presence and so on and so forth…but what about listening? Have we forgotten that listening matters also? When it comes to doing well in a team setting at the office listening matters. When it comes to interviewing for a new job…you guessed it…listening matters. You get the point.

We have conversations everyday and we are all very busy people with busy minds and a long list of things to do. With busy lives comes distractions. Think about this concept…do you really listen when people are speaking to you? Maybe you get so used to your home life and the people that are around you everyday that you don’t need to REALLY listen. But this is not a good thing to do…you need to listen! So listen up now…well read up and pay attention.

The interviewer in your next job interview will want to know that you are listening intently. So, look them in the eyes and focus and pay attention. Do not look at the plant on the file cabinet in the corner of their office. Do not look out the window in the conference room you are in and start seeing what birds you see in the sky. To listen you need to focus your eyes. Listening intently involves your eyes and your ears.

Let’s look at some other expert tips on how to listen with purpose so that you can accomplish more of your personal and professional goals and be the best version of yourself.

  1. PURPOSE – It matters – think about the purpose of the conversation you are having…why are you having the conversation? What project are you discussing? What job are they talking to you about and why is it important? 
  2. PAY ATTENTION – This is self-explanatory, but it is true. You need to focus. Having eyes open and ears open is what matters to really pay attention.
  3. EXPRESS THAT YOU ARE CURIOUS – You should be interested in the topic you are discussing and listen when the other person is talking about the key points to the topic. If you are truly interested in the project at hand or the position you are interviewing for, you need to show to you are truly curious and that you want to know the details.
  4. DO NOT INTERRUPT – Be considerate. Practice good manners. Listen and do not speak until it is your time to speak and the other person is done talking.

Some information and listening tips taken from/inspired by this article by Inc. Magazine