How to Answer Interview Questions

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Interviews are the selling points of your skills and capabilities and determine in large part whether you get the job or not. Although your resume and cover letter could be almost perfect, simple mistakes during an interview could cost you the chance of a lifetime. The importance of preparing well for your job interview cannot be overstated.

Most interviews are comprised of questions used to gauge how experienced you are in the various areas of life and in the job for which you are applying. When answering interview questions, be confident and avoid looking too nervous. Be sure about the answers you give. This is only possible when you take the time to understand the question. Take a little time to think about your answer but don’t stay silent for too long. People who answer questions immediately tend to give wrong or irrelevant answers as they do not allow the question to sink in. Listening to and understanding the questions are the keys to giving the correct answers.

In some instances the questions being asked may not be clear enough for you to answer properly. When faced with such situations, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase the question to ensure that you know what answer is expected from you. It is better to ask for clarification than to give poor answers that could cost you the job. This also shows how confident and cooperative you can be in your day-to-day work environment.

When asked questions about which you are unsure, try not to give a long rambling answer and simply choose to use a yes or no answer instead of appearing foolish. Remember that you do not commit a mistake by not knowing the answer and it is better to acknowledge this than pretending to know. Always use persuasive language in answering the interview question as it will give much needed credit to your capabilities and confidence.

Even though you may have had a bad experience in your previous job, avoid tarnishing the name of the company for which you worked when asked questions pertaining to it. Always go for a simple innocuous answer when dealing with past employers as no employer would want to hire someone who is likely to speak ill of him in future interviews.

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This article was published on 2011/02/15