Do You Ramble in Interviews?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jul 21, 2011 in , , | No Comments


“Can you write an article to teach a person not to ramble in an interview?”

-A group member asked of me on LinkedIn

I think it may be nerves. If you sit down and write out your own answers to the most commonly asked questions in interviews (see other posts here about interviews), that will help you be prepared. Be sure to practice at home with someone or go to a One Stop or Career Center for a mock interview before the actual interview occurs. Ask they point out your errors, be aware of what you are saying–think before you speak. Now, ask yourself what is happening–what are you thinking about–is it nervousness? Are you trying to fill silence? What exactly are you trying to do? Basically, you want to answer honestly of course, but give enough information without it being too much.

By adequately preparing well ahead of time, feelings of inadequacy might be avoided. Gaining confidence is essential and the need to fill silence, or being overly nervous will dissipate. Granted, sometimes an interviewer may throw you a curve ball with an unusual question, but that’s to test you. They want to know if you can think on your feet, so try to keep calm and simply answer the question.

Monitor yourself, before you answer a question or ask one, think carefully about what you want to say. As you self-monitor when nervous, you will choose your words more carefully and edit yourself at the same time. Also, know what good questions you want to ask them. Remember, the interview process is a two way street. Research the company so you can gear questions that are specific to what they do and the job duties for that particular positon.

Don’t bore those you are attempting to impress! More is not always best. Sometimes less is more!


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