I once blew an entire interview after misinterpreting a question. Job search counselors will tell you how to answer questions, ask questions and sell yourself, but they don’t always offer up advice on one of the best interview tools: listening. Here are a few listening tips to keep in mind.
During my botched interview, I assumed I was being asked why I was qualified for the job. Wrong. It’s a mistake to assume you’ll be asked a certain question before the interview even begins. Don’t let that anticipation cloud your attentiveness.
Also, don’t think about the selling points you want to get across while the interviewer is talking. You might end up asking for information you have already been given.
Try saying to the interviewer, “I understand you are asking me to do…” If you don’t overdo this it will slow things down, give you some control and will prevent answering the wrong question.
Make sure you understand everything the interviewer is saying. Don’t get lost in their words. Follow-up questions show that you have an interest in the position.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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