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It doesn't matter if you are interviewing for a position as a writer, production artist or art director; the one thing you don't want to do is talk too much. In an interview it is expected that you will answer questions, elaborate a bit on answers and ask about various details. This is all considered within the bounds of reasonable behavior, but going on and on disturbs the natural flow of information that should be going back and forth during the interview.
You may find that the urge to chatter on endlessly hits you at times like this--after all--you are probably a bit nervous. If you find you are a real talker during interviews, you may want to practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and visualization before you go in to help yourself stay calm. If you suddenly realize you have been talking for a long time, just bring your current thought to an end and wait for the other person to speak. It really is that simple!
Another great way to curb your desire to talk a lot during interviews is to practice. Try having a friend interview you. Schedule several interviews and practice; even if you may not ultimately wind up taking the position. Once you have some strategies under your belt, it will be a lot easier to feel comfortable when you are talking with someone about a job.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|