Answering Interview Questions
A job applicant has to impress his or her interviewer in order to succeed in a job interview. This means that a job applicant must be prepared to answer the interviewer's questions as effectively as possible. Unfortunately, answering an interviewer's questions is not always as easy as it might seem because there may be instances in which an interviewer asks a question that you simply aren't prepared to answer. As a result, it is important for an individual to know how to answer a question that he or she is not prepared to answer. In order to do this, there are a couple of key points about answering interview questions that you should keep in mind.
First, it is important to try stay on target. This means that if the interviewer is asking you a question about a situation in which you failed, for example, you should describe a situation in which you actually failed to accomplish something and not a situation in which you almost failed or a situation in which you succeeded by the skin of your teeth. The interviewer is asking you a specific question for a specific reason so it is important to turn the question to your advantage without changing it or dodging it. In other words, if you're trying to answer a question like the one in the above example, you should make it clear that you have learned something from your previous failures so you won't make the same mistakes in the future.
The second thing that you should remember when you are answering interview questions is that if you don't understand the question, ask for clarification. This is important because one of the biggest mistakes that applicants make is to answer a question based on what they thought it meant or what they thought they heard instead of what the interviewer actually said. Most interviewers will be happy to explain the question or rephrase the question so there is no reason to make the interviewer think that you are dodging the question or that you simply aren't listening.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014