Be Specific When Answering Questions In A Job Interview

Be Specific When Answering Questions in a Job Interview

For most of us, job interviews are intimidating. You're on the spot, and you want to respond with impressive, convincing answers. To make this happen, avoid vague replies to your interviewer's questions.

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For example, telling your interviewer, "I'm skilled at SEO" doesn't really mean anything. They might wonder how you'll use that skill on the job, or what exactly "skilled" means to you. On the other hand, if you tell them you used SEO to help increase a site's traffic by 100 per cent, that's something they can work with. It tells them right away what you're capable of.

U.S. News & World Report further explains:

Interviewers are trying to understand exactly what you've accomplished in the past and how you operate. If your answers are overly vague, you're going to make it very hard for them to assess whether you're the right fit for the job.

In preparing for your interview, it helps to have a few specific examples on hand for every potential question you think they might ask. And for more interviewing tips, check out the full post below.

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    I've been on the interview panel selection side for 30+ interviews and this article gives good advice. If you are asked what would you do if..answering with a previous example is what you want to do rather than a theory answer. Be prepared to give examples of: being creative or innovative, dealing with difficult people (colleague, team member, customer), overcoming obstacles, how you managed your own frustration or anger, how you've sold an idea, managed conflicting priorities, created particular outputs. Don't use examples where you failed but "learnt from it" as that just isn't good if other applicants have given examples. When asked about why you want the job respond with positive forward looking things, not backwards negative things about your past jobs. Positive language is really important because it helps indicate how you perceive and react to things.

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