5 Ways To Appear Smart in Your Next Job Interview

Interviewing is an art as much as it is a science. The idea is to impress your interviewers, and one of the best ways to do that is by appearing as competent as possible in the interview.

The best interviewers know how to answer questions clearly. They practice their answers but don’t memorize them and ask intelligent questions at the end of the interview. These basic interviewing techniques work to get a lot of people their dream jobs.

Here are five ways to appear smart in your next job interview.

The questions you ask in an interview are more important than you might think. Good questions signal to your interviewers you’re an active participant in the interview process and are taking it seriously.

Ask Smart Questions

For instance, have a couple of stories about struggles you encountered in the past and how you overcame them.

Use Stories To Describe Experiences

You’ll often be asked why you want to work there during the interview. Answers like, “Because I need a job” or “Because this place looks interesting” aren’t good. Instead, try to answer this question by describing your current role and challenges.

Play the “I Didn’t Feel Challenged” Card

This might sound counterintuitive, but don’t try to sound smart by using big words or taking several minutes to give a simple answer. Instead, always simplify your answers as much as you can.

Speak Simply (Don’t Try to Sound Smart)

Remember that you’re not giving a presentation here. You’re answering questions from your interviewers. The more natural you are, the better your chances of getting a job offer or callback for another interview.

Don’t Over-practice

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