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10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

Jeff Hindenach | HRPeople

February 02, 2010

Too Many Long Pauses



Problem: Thinking through your answers is always a good idea, but if it takes you longer than10 seconds to start talking, you’ve passed the point of being comfortable. Taking too long to consider a question could imply that you’re mentally slow or aren’t able to handle stressful situations. You need to show that you can roll with the punches.

How to Fix It: Even if you don’t have a solid interview answer prepared in your head, begin with what you do know and expand on it. Once you start, talking can lead to other ideas. Just be careful not to resort to thinking out loud. Slow your speech so that you have a few seconds in between thoughts to consider ideas before you articulate them.


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