Way Of Answering
You can never predict every question that you will encounter, so approach the interview with an inventory of important
points. Make a list of the points about yourself that you want the interviewer to know. For example, if you were to
apply for a job as a Sales Representative, you might want to list the products you have sold before, types of
customers (by industry, age, etc.), languages spoken, personal experience in that industry and related knowledge
(perhaps from your academic program).
Consider each question an opportunity to provide some of this information. Don't assume anything.
You will be evaluated on your answers, not your resume. Therefore, ensure you incorporate the relevant
information from your resume in your answers.
Organize your answer:Pause a couple of seconds before you respond to each question, even if you know exactly what you want to say.
Take this time to quickly plan your answer, this helps to avoid misunderstandings and produces much more concise answers.
Ask If you have doubts: If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification. This is expected and is preferable to providing an
unsuitable answer. If you need time to collect your thoughts - take it. When people are nervous they tend either
to "draw a blank" or to babble. It is better to think for a few moments and make sure that your answer is doing
you justice and that there is a point to what you are saying.
Never answer a question with a "yes" or "no."
The interview is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. Don't be afraid to 'blow your own horn.'
As long as you can back up what you are saying with examples which demonstrate that what you are saying
is true, you are not bragging. Third party observations can also be mentioned. For example, "My last employer
told me that I was promoted because of how I handled conflicts with clients."
Be very positive:
Don't complain about anything - from your former employer to the weather - and don't apologize
for experience that you don't have. Just sell what you do have and let the employer decide if you have what he/she
is looking for. Also, avoid negative words. For example, you would not say "I have a little experience...," you
would say "I have experience......"
Don't be afraid to repeat important points. In fact, it is a good idea to do this.