ANSWERING QUESTIONS EFFECTIVELY
The key to being successful in an interview is to answer each question well, with strong content and credible delivery. To do this, you must anticipate and practice what to say, display confidence and enthusiasm and show that you have a positive attitude. The way you deliver your responses can be just as important as what you say.
Look directly into the interviewer’s eyes; give short, crisp, smooth answers that don’t sound memorized. Put energy and ‘texture’ in your voice.
Consider one of the following guidelines in answering questions relative to your communication strategy…
- ANSWER the question.
- Highlight strengths, giving examples as appropriate… plays to behavioral interviewer style and tactics. Minimize weaknesses.
- At least address the issue of the question before
- Answering in your terms
- Confronting or changing the subject!
Behavioral interview questions
Many employers are moving away from a resume-driven style of interviewing to a behavioral format. Behavioral interviews are very probing in nature and are based on the concept of “predictable future behavior.”
In other words, what you have done in the past strongly suggests what you will do in the future. It is about patterns of behavior, both good and bad.
Navigating these interviews well requires that you know yourself inside and out. This will require a lot of introspection and soul-searching on your part. You must be able to:
- Know why you have made the decisions you have made that have brought you to this point in your life… and be prepared to explain and defend your decisions.
- Provide concrete, specific examples of where you have demonstrated the proficiency employers are seeking.
Do you have any questions?
Have at least two questions ready. They could relate to: the procedures; the systems; reporting relationships; size of working group; equipment; or immediate goals of the department or position.
Do not ask questions about benefits or holidays until you are close to a job offer.