Listening at interviews

Listening at interviews

Listening at interviews is important. To be able to listen well is a skill.  And it is a skill that you need in job search at interviews.

What matters at interviews is that you really hear the question asked. That question is the one you answer.

It is all to easily, particularly when you are nervous, to hear headline words. You hear just the “keywords” and respond to them.  For example, you hear the word “experience,”! Then, you don’t stop to think, you just pour out all your experience.  You don’t take in that the question was about a particular part of your experience.  Or perhaps, more importantly, you don’t answer a question about how your experience is relevant to this role.

So, try to settle any nerves before you go into the interview room. There is relaxation exercise you can use at this link.  Then to determine to listen carefully to all the words in the question. Take the time needed to put together a response in your mind before speaking.  If you need to, ask for clarification. Much better that then to take a wild guess and give an inappropriate answer.

Listen carefully, pace yourself and answer the question asked!  The extra time you take will make you a far more impressive candidate. Remember how you answer will tell the panel a lot the qualities of both your judgement and your decision making ability.

If you need advice preparing for an important interview, then get in touch – working with a career coach can make all the difference.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link


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