When two or more questions come at you in the same breath…
…listen carefully to what’s being asked and then pick the question you like best and answer that one
It can feel like the rat-tat-tat of a Gatling gun. A barrage of questions for you to sort through. More often, it’s typically two, maybe three at one time, or with enough of a pause between each for you to react and barely start answering, only to be interrupted again with another barrage. (Interviewing evaluates the close cousin to Multiple Questions, the Interrupted Answer, next month.) In normal conversation, you’d probably make sure you answer each one, or all the ones you can remember. But in interviewing, there’s another technique, more favorable to you.
First thing, remember, this is not a conversation. Otherwise, you can get sucked into the speed and flow of the situation and answer reflexively, instead of thoughtfully.
A classic case in point happened a few years ago to the Toys-R-Us CEO at the time, John Eyler. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto to talk about very good news regarding company earnings, Eyler got caught in verbal buzz saw.
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