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Asked by Tiffany on November 19, 2016

In the last year I have had 5 interviews, no call backs. Not sure what i'm doing wrong, but it is a learning experience. My question is: I seem to start stuttering, or get tripped up in my words. I try to speak slowly, but I am so aware of it, i feel dumb. what can I do?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on November 21, 2016

Hello,
This is a problem that many people face. The best thing about going into an interview is that you are the subject matter expect on yourself- you know the answers to all of the questions that are going to be asked, it may just take a minute to recall them. I would suggest making sure you are prepared; research the company and the position, and make sure you come  with questions. You should also practice your answers; google common interview questions and come up with answers for those. Utilize "STAR": Situation, Task, Action, Result- explain the entire situation and how you got to the end result. Most importantly, be confident and remember to breathe. If you can't think of something off the top of your head, ask for a moment to think; if you do not have an example, ask the interviewer to come back to the question at the end. 

Best of luck!  

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Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on November 23, 2016

Hello!
When remembering some of the best interviews I've conducted, they all have three similar components. The first is that the candidate was obviously excited about the role, the company and speaking to me. If you think your demeanor during the interview is holding you back, some positive self-talk can really help with this. Here is an article that can get you started. https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-steps-to-positive-self-talk/ The brain is remarkable, it’s amazing how you can train certain behaviors.
The second component of great interviews is that the candidate had the right experience. If you are applying for the right jobs, this should take care of itself. Academic and extra-curricular activities can help in this area if you don’t have the work experience, just make sure you have specific examples lined up to speak on.
The third component, possible the biggest one for me, is that I remember liking the person a lot and I zeroed in on how they accomplished that. They naturally got me talking about myself. People tend to like you when you are interested in hearing them speak. So, whenever they ask a question, try to ask a question after answering. Here is another article that can be helpful to accomplish this. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141124074017-64875646-job-interview-the-5-questions-you-must-ask Just make sure you do save some questions for the end of the interview. More importantly, get your interviewers talking about themselves and their personal experiences with the company. Smile (this can take practice alone with a mirror) and relax.
Best of luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on November 30, 2016

You are not alone! This is an issue a lot of job seekers face. The most important thing to remember is always be yourself. You know your background and experience more than anyone else so know that you can't give the wrong answer when talking about yourself. I think it's also important to know that the interviewer wants you to do well. They aren't hoping you come in and blow the interview. Most interviewers want you to feel relaxed and comfortable and they want to get to know you.
Also, don't be afraid to ask for a minute to collect your thoughts before answering a question. Don't feel like you need to answer every question as quickly as possible. Take a minute to collect yourself so you can confidently deliver your answer. If you start to stutter, take a second and breathe.
Lastly, don't be afraid to practice interviewing with yourself or with a friend. Ask someone to conduct a mock interview with you. Or, practice interviewing yourself in front of a mirror. You can search common interview questions on the internet and ask yourself those questions over and over until you feel confident in the delivery of your answer. The STAR method is also a great format to use while interviewing. It is structured and will help keep you on track and ensure you fully answer every question.
Good luck!

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Answered by Wendy, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on December 1, 2016

Ask the recruiter what you could have done differently during the interview to help you going forward. Sometimes we trip up because we are trying to over compensate. Be true to what you know and it is ok to take deep breathes between questions. Pause if you need to!

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Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on December 9, 2016

Interviewing is always a stressful experience, no matter how good of a communicator you are. I recommend using a "cheat-sheet" during your interview to help you remember your speaking points. Write down a few notes that will help you remember your accomplishments or any other touching points you'd like to share during an interview. There's no problem referring to your notes, especially if your notes include questions you have prepared for the interviewer.

Best of luck,
Patsy Jensen

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Answered by Cory, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on January 26, 2017

Hi there- I understand no call backs can be very frustrating. The best piece of advice I can give is to be sure during the interview that you gather your interviewers' names and email addresses. That way you can write a follow-up note, and also so that if you never receive a call back you can ask for feedback. Being nervous during an interview is understandable and you are already trying to do the right things to not trip up on your words (i.e. speaking slowly), so maybe it has more to do with your content. You can try and guess what they are thinking, but you never really know until you ask! Reach out and thank them for their time and ask if they had any feedback of things you can work on. Also remember, practice makes perfect! Practicing your interview questions outloud and in a mirror will help you not trip up on your words during the actual interview. Good luck!

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