What to Do During an Interview
For better or worse, interviewing etiquette is an essential aspect of getting the job. Learn all about it here.
Answering questions well
The largest part of your interview will be spent answering questions, so you will definitely want to know how to answer questions well.
Here are seven simple rules for answering any interview question:
- Ask for clarification if needed. An interviewer will not be put off by your questions; in fact, he or she may be impressed that you took the time to ask.
- Be honest. Never embellish your past accomplishments or claim a skill you do not have. If you believe you are lacking a critical skill, tell the hiring manager that you haven't had the opportunity to use that skill yet, but that you are eager to learn.
- Stay true to your message. Focus on the reasons the company should hire you; what skills and qualifications do you have that can be put to good use by this company? Use the STAR method to answer behavioral interview questions.
- Always answer questions with your audience in mind. If you are interviewing for a job in a different industry than you have previously been in, the interviewer may not understand some of the technical terms you use. Explain where necessary.
- Avoid topics that can get you into trouble. These typically include things in your personal life, such as your marital status, age, religion, or political beliefs.
- Use clear and concise language. Speak slowly and carefully to make sure your words are being understood.
- Seek feedback. Ask the hiring manager if you have provided the level of detail needed to fully answer the question.