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.

For instance, asking a question that can be quickly answered via a Google search isn’t a good question. Good questions are those that dig deeper into the job opportunity.

Ask Smart Questions

Instead of describing your experience by saying, “I have experience with this,” try to use the art of storytelling as you describe your experience.

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. Your interviewers will appreciate that, trust me.

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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