Fully answer the interview questions


Quick Tip # 6 from The Gov Geeks: Fully answer your interview questions by taking notes, asking clarifying questions, and connecting your responses to both the job and your experiences.

Hiring managers know what they're looking for. They create interview questions to see which candidate has the best chance of doing well in the job. With so much on the line, be sure to fully answer their questions!

Demonstrate that you understand what they're looking for and explain why you don't have it or what comparable experience you do have. Next, make sure you understand what they're looking for. Be sure to briefly write down what they're looking for then ask clarifying questions if you need them. Maybe they could phrase it differently to help you better understand what they're looking for. It's also a good idea to jot down a few ideas to touch upon for your responses. This way you can answer the questions and give great answers. Be cautious here though, you shouldn't be spending the whole time writing notes and not answering questions. Simple short hand notes that you can reference or check off as you go will do just fine. While you're at it, you should also write down the names of panel members so you can refer to them by name in your conversations. They have your name right in front of them so why shouldn't you.

The key to all of this is to give them the answers they're looking for in the best way possible. You should stand out in their minds as a top contender if not the obvious choice. With your great qualifications and fit for the job, why shouldn't you?

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