So, you finally have the interview lined up and you feel ready. You have researched the company, investigated who in the company you might be connected to on Linkedin, cleaned up your online presence to ensure a consistent professional presentation, and you’ve had your hair cut. Feeling good.
There is one more thing that you need to do: rehearse answers to interview questions OUT LOUD. Many people think through the answers quietly in their head and frankly, they always sound pretty good there. Go to a quiet room, away from well-meaning but distracting family/friends, and answer a few common (not always the best) interview questions out loud:
- So, tell me about yourself?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you think you’d be an asset in this job?
- Why did you leave your former jobs?
- What is your management style?
- Tell me what you know about the company?
There are at least 100 more of these but if you begin to talk through at least these out loud, you will push aside the cobwebs to hopefully have clear, concise answers that don’t ramble on. When people aren’t prepared, they tend to continue talking. Your interviewer will eventually stop listening, and will miss it when you get around to your actual point. This is all within your control by practicing in advance. Good luck!