Job Interview Diction

Job Interview Diction


Often out of 300 applicants only 6 candidates will be interviewed. In most interviews, but this varies depending on the job sector and employer, you will be asked around 10 questions during a 45 minute interview.

The key to passing job interviews in preparation and practice, this sounds obvious but is often overlooked with the average interviewee spending around only 60 minutes preparing for their job interview.

With a job interview due in a couple of weeks, you have spent your time preparing and writing your well researched interview answers. After answering each interview question, using prepared and well researched answers, you are surprised that you rarely revive job offers, why is this?


It doesn’t matter how much effort you put into your interview preparation, if the interviewer cant understand your point, communication or perspective, you will fail to win over any employer.


Professional interviewees practice their diction, tonality and the delivery power of their voice. This creates an a confident, persuasive and charming interview.


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Job Interview Diction 

With a well prepared interview, you may believe that your answers will go down well. But, unless the interviewer can clearly hear each word, your well prepared answers wont hit the mark.


These are 3 key reasons why audiences turn off when listening to a poorly delivered interview answer


  • Nervousness speaker, lacking in confidence – people mumble during the interview when feel emotionally stressed 


  • Talking to fast – with a lot top say in such a short period of time, the interviewee may rush to get the words out 



  • Poor diction – rushing words or not pronouncing words clearly can leave the interviewer thinking “What did they say?”  





How to Improve Diction Before a Job Interview

A great technique for improving your diction, to practice talking slower and to boost your confidence is to use Tongue Twisters.


Here is a famous example to use as a practice tool “I am the very pattern of a modern Major-General; I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral; I know the Kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I’m very well acquainted too with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news, With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. I’m very good at integral and differential calculus, I know the scientific names of beings animalculous, In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.”    

3 Steps to Improve Diction Prior to your Job Interview



Step 1 – Start by practicing your diction using tongue twisters before practicing the diction of your forthcoming job interview


Step 2 – Start by saying the tongue twister out loud slowly, ensure each word is said clearly and that each word is crisp at the word start and end.


Step 3 – Once the statement is communicated clearly, repeat the tongue twister faster and faster, repeating the paragraph if a word is not said cleanly.


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