Some people don’t perform well in job interviews. Yes, the pressure of being broken down by another person in a formal setting can be quite unnerving. This is normal however; some people find it a breeze. Well, the best way to cope with the pressure is to know how to answer the questions your interviewer will throw at you. This is especially the case when the HR department screens you first before forwarding your resume to the specific department that needs you. To help you through the process, here are some things that you should keep in mind.
- Preparation is key. HR departments are usually skilled when it comes to interviewing since they probably interview dozens of people everyday as part of their recruitment tasks. Hence, they will not stutter and already have set questions that they will throw to each applicant or candidate. Now, if this interview is the screening interview, then you should expect the common interview questions such as “what can you tell me about yourself” or “what are your strengths and weaknesses”. You may also hear the typical questions such as “what can you bring to the company if selected” or “what are should the company expect from you”. These are some of the common questions you will probably encounter. So, with these in mind, it is imperative that you prepare for them. Search Google for a list of common interview questions and prepare the answers for each one before the interview. Now, you don’t want it scripted so make sure to simply get the gist of the answer instead of memorizing it word for word.
- Don’t stutter. Alright, some people can’t really help stuttering or stammering when answering the questions asked by the interviewer. This is probably due to nervousness and anxiety. Now, to remedy the situation, always take a short pause and a deep breathe before answering. This will relax yourself as well as allow you a few seconds to compose yourself and organize the answer in your thoughts before saying it. This is a fantastic technique that will reduce the amounts of blunders in your answer. In addition, if you usually speak with a lot of “umms”, breathing and relaxing yourself can help you subdue it.
- Answer with confidence but without arrogance. During an interview, it is important to exude confidence enough to let your interviewer know that pressure does not faze you but not too much that it will make you seem arrogant and obnoxious. When answering the questions, always say it in a confident but respectful tone with a hint of passion, honesty, and sincerity. Remember, these people are trained to detect “BS” or cons a mile away.
- Always insert your skills and experiences in each answer. When a question is thrown at you, it is highly recommended to insert and focus on your skills and experience as you answer it. Presenting some analogies of your experiences to answer a question or discreetly placing some of the skills you are good at will market yourself better to the interviewer. This will mix it up as well since these people often expect robotic and typical answers to some of the most common questions they ask.
During the interview, always remember to be friendly and smile. When answering, always maintain eye contact with your interviewer even if he does not offer you the same courtesy. Furthermore, start the interview with a firm handshake to make you seem that you mean business.