Are you the type of person that asks and answers your own questions? If you are this type of person you need to make some adjustments to your style when interviewing.
I’ve discussed many times how important it is to ask questions when you’re interviewing. Some of you are good at this and some of you are not. Anytime you’re asking a question it’s important to be silent once you have asked the question. Don’t continue to talk, or answer your own question! Be silent and let the interviewer answer your question.
I bet some of you don’t even know you’re doing this, right? I’ve been with candidates that answer their own questions, finish my sentences, talk very fast or non-stop, ramble, and the list goes on. If you are one of these types of people try and slow down. Pause. Breath. Ask your question and then listen for your answer. Don’t let the silence bother you. It’s your friend.
In case you don’t understand what I am talking about, here are some examples “What kind of health insurance plan do you have, is it Blue Cross Blue Shield?” or “What are your working hours, are they 9 to 5?” or “What is your dress code in the office, is it business casual?” or “What is your relocation policy, do you reimburse the expenses?” and there are a ton more, as you can imagine. Just ask the question and let the interviewer answer it.
Silence goes a long way in business and especially when you’re interviewing. It gives people a chance to think. Let the interviewer think and digest what you just asked. Some interviewers are just as nervous as you are! Let them gather their thoughts and answer your question. Silence is good. Learn it. Love it.
There are so many things to consider when you’re interviewing, isn’t there? As petty as this seems, this stuff can make the difference to your interview. It can mean success or failure. So, remember, silence is your friend. Don’t feel you have to fill in the quiet time with useless chatter. Besides, you might end up saying something you really shouldn’t. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!