Strategies for answering questions at job interviews

When going for a job interview, do not walk in with a script of precisely what you are going to say. If you do too much rehearsal, you will sound like a robot that has been fed stock answers.

What you do need to do is to anticipate common interview questions and think up ways to answer them without sacrificing spontaneity. You need strategies that will allow you enough versatility to accommodate the unexpected twists and turns that accompany all job interviews.

One of the first things to keep in mind is that you must answer the question that has been asked. Sounds basic, doesn’t it? Yet, many people who turn up for interviews do not answer some of the questions asked of them! This is a real disaster and does them no good in eyes of the interviewer. Just listen carefully to what is being asked (as opposed to what you think is being asked) and respond to that. Never mind if your response is not quite perfect according to your perceptions.

Secondly, do not give yes or no answers to interview questions, while at the same time, avoiding the pitfall of being long winded. Think of how copywriters work. When composing an advertisement, they know that they have a very limited space within which they need to get their message out persuasively. In such a situation, every word counts. Take the same approach in job interviews.

When preparing for job interviews, managing your time well is essential for success. Mastering a few good techniques and approaches to students time management will pay you excellent dividends. Of course, time management is critically important to your job search irrespective of whether you are a student or a busy working professional.

Finally, do not get obsessed over the actual wording of your answers. In particular, avoid memorizing answers to interview questions. That can make you sound canned and artificial, which considerably lowers your chances of landing the job you want.