Active Listening for Interview Success

In a previous blog we focused on employers boosting their employees’ productivity andActive Listening For Interview Success morale by listening to them. Now we want to discuss how being a good listener as an employee or job seeker can help you succeed within the workplace and in your next interview.

First, it’s important to understand how overwhelming plain-old listening can be. As humans, we can talk at a rate of 125 to 175 words per minute, but we listen at a rate of 125 to 250 words per minute. The fluctuation can create a gap wide enough for missed parts of a conversation no matter how important the information. In fact, we can typically only recall 50% of what someone said immediately after they have said it.

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Improve Productivity & Morale: Listen to Your Employees

We typically take in only about half of what we hear and forget roughly half of that the nextImprove Productivity Listen to Your Employees day according to Business2Community. That means if you aren’t working extra hard to absorb information you could lose 75% of the information overnight. If one of your employees gives you a great idea but you weren’t listening quite closely enough and forget it, you could have a huge problem on your hands.

In a study by John Izzo, author of “Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything,” the number one reason employees don’t take more initiative at work is because no one listens to their opinions when making decisions. And without employees taking initiative, it’s going to be a lot harder to get work done.

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