How good are your observation skills? Most people could stand to sharpen theirs a bit.
They can help you know when to talk and when to listen. For example, if you’re doing all the talking in a networking conversation (and asking few questions), you’re not getting the information you need, and the other person is likely to tune out of the conversation.
Observation can be used to help you make good career decisions, such as when to accept an offer. Use observation skills to listen and watch for mixed messages. Do you see impatience on the part of the hiring decision-maker? Are the employees you encounter smiling? These can be cues to the workplace culture.
Here are some things to observe:
- Silence and non-verbal cues
- When to stop talking and listen
- How loudly you should speak
- Corporate culture
- Dress code. Is the company casual or is everyone wearing a suit?
Would you say you’ve got these things nailed down?