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The communication style you use in your interview is an important aspect to consider for each interview. Many people wonder how formal or casual they should be in their interview, but there are a few factors to consider when answering this question. Below are factors to consider when deciding how formal to be in your communication style.

Formality level of the company

The safest option is to let your level of formality depend on the company. If they are more casual and laidback, then you can reciprocate. However, if the company is more formal, show your formality through your communication, how you address the interviewer and how you dress. If you are unsure, do some research on the company, how the company is portrayed and how formal their customer service is. No matter how casual the company is, you should always be polite and courteous.

Share your accomplishments

In an interview you want to sell the best version of yourself. An interview is a place that’s appropriate to share your accomplishments and strengths, just ensure you do it in the right way. You don’t want to brag, just keep it results-oriented. For example, instead of “I’m the best and fastest recruiter”, try “I’ve been able to complete the recruitment process in X days, which is significantly faster than my team average, without compromising on candidate quality”.

Be clear and relevant

When explaining something to your interviewer, explain it in a way that is clear and simple. Include all necessary details that are relevant to the point you are making or the outcome. Keep it clear and concise, and as a rule of thumb, if you’re asked about a project, the interviewer wants to know what you worked on, who you worked with and what the outcome was.

If you’re unsure of what communication style to use in your interview, you should follow the company’s. Be sure to share your accomplishments to show the company how you are qualified and the best candidate for the job. Clear and concise communication is the best for any level of formality in an interview.