Take Your Time When Answering Questions

by Luke Miller

Let’s face it. Interviews are awkward. You’re sitting down with a stranger who doesn’t know you, trying to convince them that you’d be the best employee they could ever hire. And they ask really difficult questions! Your answers need to come across as confident, but not arrogant; thorough, but not long-winded. Often, in our quest to show that we know what we’re talking about, we launch too quickly into an answer and end up rambling or misspeaking. 

Relax. Breath. 

It is far better to take your time before answering a question well than to rush into a poor answer. When an interview is over, your interviewer is far less likely to remember that you took a few extra seconds to collect your thoughts than they are to remember that you completely flubbed a response to an important question. And, they probably won’t even notice. 

Take your time, breath, and answer completely.