‘Tell me about yourself. What brings you here?’ When you hear this question during a job interview, do you think your interviewer wants to know everything about you? If you presume this, then you are wrong. Take it easy! This question is not a cue for you to babble non-stop for minutes.

No matter how many times you are invited for job interviews, each session always comes as a surprise and a daunting experience for most people. Some of the most common symptoms of interview stress include sweaty palms, dry throat, nausea, pounding heart, and even trembling hands. However, interview anxiety might affect differently to different people.

When they are nervous, some people can be extremely shy to find difficulty in arranging their words and answering to questions. On the other hand, some people become very talk-active when they are tensed, to end up talking too much.

Neither being overly shy or talkative is good for your image during an interview. When you close yourself, the interviewer will not gain much information from you. However on the contrary, if you showcase your gift of gab way too much, you might lose out on the opportunity to land a dream job too. Some job seekers are screwing up on interviews because they don’t know how and when to stop talking. The moment they open their mouth, they keep going on endless and revealing too much information (even the irrelevant ones) until the interviewer is finally bored.

Here are some things you can do when you find yourself going garrulous during job interview:

Ask for clarification. Sometimes, job seekers end up talking way too much because they do not understand the question in the first place. There might be ambiguous and unclear questions that could leave you puzzled on mind. If you face a similar situation during the job interview and are not sure of what is expected in response, don’t be afraid to seek clarification from the interviewer. Don’t assume and respond. Only when you understand what the real question is, can you provide better answers.

Ask the interviewer. The question is thrown and you have given your answer accordingly. However, the interviewer says nothing and keeps staring at you. In such a scenario, you might think that they demanded some more information from you. Therefore, you start expanding and babbling. If this happens, don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer if they want further details. If they say your answer is not sufficient, explain the necessary details, concise and straight to the point.

Ask a question. Indeed, there are some questions that require long answers. Nonetheless, it is inevitable that sometimes interviewers are distracted and lose their focus. To avoid rambling too much without the interviewer’s attention, you should make sure that they stay engaged in the discussion. You can ask questions such as, ‘Do I make myself clear?’ or ‘Would you like some details?’ The purpose of such questions is to keep the interviewers alert with your answer.

You might think that a job interview is the perfect place where you can sell yourself to the future employer. However, it is important to make note of the fact that an interviewer is a human, only at the other side of the table.

As the old adage goes, ‘less is more’, and this is apt in case of interview scenarios. Rather than going on endlessly with irrelevant explanations, long and pointless mumble, it would be better if you could communicate your answer effectively in short, brief straight points.

As you are not the only one on the list of candidates to be interviewed for a potential job role, you should stay precise, control venting emotions and make sure to retain employer attention even post the interview rounds – to leave a positive impression on their minds.

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