5 Techniques on How to Respond Effectively in Job Interviews

Marlon Mai January 24, 2017 3 mins read

Giving a series of insightful responses during a job interview will not necessarily guarantee that you'll get the job; however, it's indisputable that the quality of a candidate's responses is a major contributing factor in the outcome of an interview. Keeping in mind the following five tips during your next interview will effectively increase your odds of success.

1) Ask intelligent questions

Asking well-placed questions will show your interviewer that you are good at thinking analytically and that you are interested in the company. Generally, an interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask questions at the end of an interview, so it is important to prepare a few good questions beforehand, such as: "If I'm accepted for the position, what are some things that I should focus on the short- and long-term?" "Compared to the last person who was in this position, what would be some of the things that I would need to pay attention to if I get the job?"

2) I'm flexible

Whether it is in regards to the job's responsibilities, the date when you start working, or the time and date of your next interview, emphasizing the flexibility of your schedule will give the interviewer the impression that you get along well with others. Try to keep to your meeting schedule open and keep to the decisions you have made. With regard to salary, don’t be so easy-going, otherwise the company will think anyone can do this job.

3) Use language that is specific to the company

Before the interview, spend some time familiarising yourself with the company's website and documents, paying particular attention to the language they use. Which words and concepts do they usually put emphases on? Use these keywords during the interview. These keywords may include "team", "leadership", "simplification", "culture" and "growth". Slipping these words into your responses will subtly imply the interviewer that you have already adapted to the advertised position.

4) "Interesting question."

Should the interviewer pose a particularly baffling questions, instead of blurting out, "I don't know", you can use the phrase “interesting questions.” Remarking upon the pertinent nature of a question can buy you some extra time as you think of a fitting response, while at the same time giving the interviewer something to feel pleased about. Avoid as much as possible phrases such as "I don't know", and obviously, don't lie about your job experiences and training.

5) Your reasons for applying for the job

Understanding what motivates a candidate is of great importance to a recruitment manager. During the interview, discuss the ways in which you are suited to the job, how the job fits into your future career path, how it corresponds with your values, and what you believe you can learn from it. Discuss your impression of the company and what you are capable of contributing to it. These opinions can demonstrate to the interviewer what kind of a person you are, and are therefore beneficial to their judgment of whether or not you are suited to the company's corporate culture and values system.

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Managing Director | Finance & Accounting, IT, Sales & Marketing Recruitment
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