The Death of Conversation: “r u there?”

I am wondering what is happening to the art of conversation. The other day, I saw two students sitting together in the cafeteria having lunch. That is not unusual; however, both of them were texting on their cell phones and not speaking to each other. Be honest, how many of you have been in that exact situation, or prefer texting someone over speaking to them? Regardless, today, most job interviews are face-to-face, and some interviews start with a telephone interview. Skype interviews are also common in today’s environment. All three types of interviews share one major thing: they involve conversation. The two students sitting there could be conversing with each other on a variety of topics to help them prepare for the interview process.

Additionally, always remember, if you are going to a job interview, turn off your cell phone. It is not appropriate to be talking (or texting) with a friend in the waiting room and discussing your social life. The receptionist can and most likely will, report back to the employer about your behavior.

To succeed in the interview process, we recommend that you have excellent eye contact and be able to highlight important answers to the questions-“Tell me about yourself” and “Why should we hire you?” My concern that we may be texting/ emailing /using technology too much, causing our social and conversational skills to weaken. Networking is also important for the job search process in today’s environment. Being comfortable talking about yourself to others and verbalizing your career goals and aspirations is vital to finding a job. Take each opportunity to sit and talk to friends and acquaintances. They may be the ones that help you find that dream job.

Kathy Forkin

Kathy provides individual assistance with students and alumni on their resumes, cover letters and job searches. She conducts workshops on resumes, interviewing skills, technology, networking techniques, and facilitates employer recruitment of students and alumni by identifying, locating, and referring eligible individuals for job placement. Kathy promotes the Career Development Center by making presentations to clubs, classes, student residence halls, and parents. She also assists in the collection, tabulation, and analysis of outcome information.



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