You can always buy time by repeating or rephrasing the question while you think of an answer (i.e., "What is my experience in project management?").Or, you can respond with a question of your own -- something like, "I want to make sure I understand your question fully. Are you asking me if I've ever managed large groups of people on major projects?" Or, you can answer with an interrogative of your own, "What is my experience in project management? Is that something the person you hire for this job will be doing frequently?" (The interviewer will then answer, buying you time).These time-buying tricks than can help you gather your thoughts, and can make you seem like a good listener, too. Don't overuse these tricks; but using them once or twice to buy a few seconds is fine. 10) It's OK to Be a Little Nervous. It's not easy meeting complete strangers. It's even tougher when they ask you to state -- and justify -- your life's achievements. But remember this: every interviewer, at one time or another, was an interviewee.If you begin to feel extremely nervous during an interview and you are convinced the interviewer knows it, try spinning it this way: "I hope I don't seem nervous. I'm not. I m just excited about having a chance to interview with your company. I'd love to be a part of it."11) Immediate Follow-Up. Never leave an interview without knowing your next step.Your interviewer will usually give you that information. If he or she says nothing, you may ask, "How should we proceed from here?" or "When might I expect to hear from you?" You might also say something like, "If you have any additional questions for me or want any additional materials, please contact me and let me know." Then shake hands, thank them for their time, and leave.Crucial: as soon as you can, write a few notes down about the interview. It s important to write down as many details as possible -- especially about what went well or what went poorly during the interview. This information will be valuable to you if you are invited back for a second interview. Be sure to note what you learned about the company or the field, impressions of the people with whom you met, the correct spellings of their names and titles, your responsibilities as far as any follow-up call, and when you can expect to hear from them. Writing a prompt thank-you note is a must. The note can be brief and should not exceed one page. Use the note to tactfully reconfirm your interest in the job/company, and to demonstrate that you listened carefully to whatever your interviewer had to say.12) There Is No Rejection. Colonel Sanders went to 1,006 different investors before he found someone who would invest in his Kentucky Fried Chicken. He didn't get discouraged when his "interviews" didn't succeed. He kept learning from them, and eventually he became a multi-millionaire.There's a man in U.S. history who declared two bankruptcies and suffered a nervous breakdown all before he was 30. Later, he ran for state office and lost. He may his way into Congress, but lost in his bid to become Senator. He then became President -- perhaps our greatest President. His name was Abraham Lincoln.The point? No one succeeds every time. No one gets hired EVERY time he or she interviews for a job. That's just reality -- don't take it personally!
However, if you follow our twelve interview tips -- and stay positive -- you've got a vastly better chance of getting the job of your dreams. Good luck!