How to avoid stammering during an interview?

We often conduct interviews and it comes as a disappointment when we see a bright candidate stammering when questions are put across. Though stammering is often involuntary, it can portray a sense of hesitation, uncertainty, or faltering. It’s easy to see stammers as being nervous people or inadequate speakers — even if they have the most brilliant thing to say in the room. We naturally focus more on charisma than the actual content of the words, a new study suggests.

A study found that if you have a stammer, you may be more likely to be discriminated against when interviewed or applying for jobs. People were more likely to be rejected immediately at interviews due to their stammer. Many participants were told not only of their mismatch for the specifics of the job or the likelihood of a detrimental impact on customers but also of the possible negative impact on team dynamics if they were appointed.

Here are some tips to solve your problem of stammering during an interview:-

  1. You stammer because you get nervous, which is quite natural. My first advice is please try and stay calm while facing the interview. If this happens only during an interview, then it’s because you get nervous.
  2. Secondly, do your HOMEWORK properly before the actual thing. Go for mock interviews. Practice beforehand, that will increase your confidence tremendously.
  3. Practice the words thoroughly you stammer at.
  4. Have knowledge about the content of your interview. This will automatically boost your speaking skills.
  5. Pay attention to your grooming skills.
  6. Keep a watch on your body language. Remember it counts.
  7. You need to start meeting and talking to unknown people especially seniors in your office or professors in your college. Try a one-on-one discussion with them. The idea is to familiarize yourself with speaking to as many people outside your comfort zone so that on the D day, you are at ease. 
  8. Try practicing methods to talk slowly with pauses. Record your voice and listen to it. Look for the words or syllables where you get stuck and speak more and more with emphasis on those particular sounds. It’ll take a while but finally you’ll get used to it. 
  9. Last but not least arrange mock interviews (not with your friends, but with unknown people) to familiarize yourself with the process.

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