Tongue-Tied at interviews: Solutions

For some, attending interviews will never be a comfortable feeling. No matter how many times you have attended interviews, it is still very normal to feel anxious and nervous. Some of that feeling comes from the unknown of what you will be asked and some of it from the pressures you attach to the situation. 

With the uncertainty and nerves kicking in, that can lead to candidates being tongue tied at interview and struggling to answer questions. A solution to feeling more relaxed and ready to answer tough questions, is to: be prepared. Preparation for interviews is vital. We’ll be giving you a few pointers to help you tackle tough interview questions in an interview, should they arise. 

Remember why you are applying for the position 
“Why are you interested in this position?” 

By remembering why you are applying for the position, you will find it easier to justify your reasons for wanting this job, or if you’re already employed, a change of role. Some candidates may find this question difficult to answer because they haven’t really thought about why they’re seeking a change or how the position will help them achieve future goals and ambitions. Your reasons for wanting to join the company are just as important as your skill-set.

Understanding The Role
“Which aspects of the role stand out to you?” 

Challenges answering a question like this can often stem from not taking the time out to look at the roles and responsibilities of the job in detail. Understand the position and what it entails. If you’re currently employed seeking a new role, what makes it different from your previous or current position? Is there room for promotion? Is there more training involved? Pick out a few things that make you feel excited about the position and be ready to emphasise them in your interview. 

Prepare your answers

This can be difficult as you never quite know what questions you will be asked, however you still prepare. Questions to do with your previous roles, education and qualities will most likely come up – prepare answers for them. It could be a good idea to write down answers and practice them before the interview, but try not to have a script. 

The interview process can be nerve-racking for many candidates, but ensuring you are prepared for all possible outcomes, will leave you feeling a lot more relaxed and ready to tackle the your interview.