Be Thorough but to the Point. If you love to talk and when you are nervous can go on and on, or if you are the oppositeand clam up when you are in a stressful situation – you need to be conscious of this andnot do either in an interview. When asked a question, an interview wants enoughinformation that will help them understand what you are talking about, but not extraneousirrelevant information.
If you are answering a question using an example from your previous or current job andthere is a lot of jargon or acronyms – try to use more common place term that morepeople are familiar with or explain what you mean in the beginning. If you are asked todescribe a time when you lead a project – explain what the project was about, how manypeople you managed and any key points that demonstrate what a great job you did. Whatyou don’t want to do is get side-tracked and give details that aren’t relevant to thequestion. The interviewer is not going to be interested in a play by play of the entireproject – they want to know your role in it.
Keep on topic; take a moment before answering a question to organize the details in yourmind. You don’t want to start answering, get sidetracked and forget the point you weretrying to make. If you stay on topic and know what you are going to say, you are goingto be able to keep the interviewer’s attention.
If you are a person of few words, practice with a friend or family member before yourinterview. Learn how to expand your answers so you give thorough information withoutliving the interviewer wanting more. But if you are in doubt, less is better – aninterviewer will ask follow-up questions if necessary.