How to Answer in Interview

Initiating the Interview Confidently

Interviews can be won or lost in the first five minutes. If you appear to be confident and enthusiastic from the outset, your answers are more likely to be reviewed positively, as people's perception of information is coloured by the feelings they have towards you. It is useful to have a strong opening line prepared. When saying your name, try to halve the pace and double the volume to ensure that the interviewer is able to hear how to pronounce it. This will make you both feel more comfortable.

Answering Questions

  • Listen to the interviewer and clarify the question if you do not understand it. You can't answer a question adequately if you don't understand what is being asked
  • Try to relate your answers to the requirements of the position and the organization
  • Be sure of what you say
  • Pause before answering to consider all facts that may substantiate your response
  • Always offer positive information; avoid negativity at all times
  • Get directly to the point. Ask if listener would like you to go into great detail before you do
  • Focus and re-focus attention on your successes. Remember, the goal is not to have the right answers so much as it is to convince the interviewer that you are the right person
  • Be truthful, but try not to offer unsolicited information
  • Try not to open yourself to areas of questioning that could pose difficulties for you

Concluding the Interview Confidently

Have your own intelligent questions prepared before the interview, as in many cases, interviewers will give you time to ask questions or make further comments at the end of the interviewer. If you have any important things to add about your suitability, do it here

Have a closing statement prepared (e.g. Thank you for your time, it was a pleasure to meet you) so that you leave a confident and enthusiastic impression with the interviewer.

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