Avoid These Interview Bloopers Part 4

10. Failure to match communication styles: It’s almost impossible to
make a good first impression if you can’t communicate effectively with an
interviewer. But you can easily change that situation by mirroring the
way the interviewer treats you. For instance:



  * If the interviewer seems all business, don’t attempt to loosen
him/her up with a joke or story. Be succinct and businesslike


  * If the interviewer is personable, try discussing his/her
interests. Often the items on display in the office can offer a clue.


  * If asked a direct question, answer directly. Then follow up by
asking if more information is needed.


Allowing the interviewer to set the tone of conversation can vastly
improve your chances of making a favorable impression. You can put the
interviewer at ease — and make yourself seem more like him or her — by
mirroring his or her communication style.

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