What you need to think about is what the hiring department is encountering. Hour after hour, they’re getting people who walk in the door who are talking themselves up. And since people are feeling like each interview is the end of the world, they talk A LOT.
You need to be different so you not only stand out, but also that you make a lasting impression (in a good way).
This isn’t a suggestion to be silent, but rather this is a suggestion to be as brief as possible while still saying what you need to say. Before you answer any question, think about what the question is asking and then answer in the fewest words possible.
The interviewer can always ask you for clarification or for more details.
When you talk too much about yourself, you may present yourself as being self-centered and possibly even a little arrogant. Confidence is one thing, but being (or seeming) too smug is not going to win you any points in the interview.
Before you enter into an interview, think about the main things you want say, and then if you don’t say them within the question session, add them at the end.
But when you’ve said what you need to say, thank them for their time and leave. Saying more isn’t going to make you the one to hire. Your resume already introduced you and the interview session is about finding out more about your personality.
Don’t be the chatty one that had a lot to offer to the company…until they couldn’t keep quiet. (Practice your interviewing skills before you walk in that door!)
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