Response strategies to Interview questions

The thought of handling an all-important job interview might give you the nerves initially. But as you go through the entire process of interview preparations you would actually end up realizing that facing a job interview with due tact is an immensely challenging proposition as well. Now, you might as well be thoroughly prepared for the interview, but all your preparations and the belief of cracking it will only hold good if you are able to respond to your questions well. Learning about the interview response strategies remains important. You might as well be among the best prepared candidates out there. But lack of desirable responses owing to fear, nervousness and anxiety can turn to be real game spoilers. Here are a few response strategies for interviews that might turn out to be of help.

Be Specific: Yes, this is one of the most sought-after virtues in candidates today. You might as well think that answering a string of common interview questions like, "Tell us about yourself" or "Tell us about your five-year goal" might be very easy. But here lies the tricky part. In reality, it becomes very difficult for candidates to judge specificity when asked these questions. For instance, you might as well want to keep on saying things about yourself when asked questions like "Tell us about yourself". But remember, you're not actually supposed to do so. The entire answer should be limited in just one or two sentences about your hobbies, while the rest of it should concentrate on your passion (which again is relevant to your job), and skills--- stuff that would help your recruiter judge your suitability for the job.

Give Examples: Make sure that you are supporting your claims by providing due examples. For instance, if you have just ended up saying that you have full faith in your problem solving abilities, make sure you are highlighting particular instances from your professional life that helped you to consolidate your faith in this capability of yours. Make sure how you relate instances whereby you were able to iron out differences between colleagues and also incidents when you were able to come up with feasible solutions for work related issues. Try to follow similar method for other such questions as well.

Try To Study Body Language: Studying the body language of your interviewer and reacting accordingly is also a crucial part of your response strategies. While you might be too busy in getting your own body language right, don't forget that you will be getting crucial hints as to whether your recruiter or interviewer is pleased with you or not by studying his body language. Here are a few tips

  • If he's looking at his watch frequently then he's clearly bored of the rendezvous and wants it to end as fast as possible. Be quick to turn the conversation in to something interesting (and of course, relevant) to grab his attention back
  • If he's smirking, be rest assured that he is not ready to believe what you're saying. In that case, ask him what you can do in order to make him believe you.

Learn about similar body language tips and response strategies and you're good to go !

Last Updated On: 27/09/2013

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