Let’s be honest: Getting the job is all about staying on the interviewer’s good side. But even the best of us can annoy the hiring manager without even realizing it. Example one? Talking way too much.
Sheryl Bender, senior HR representative with the Port of Long Beach, Calif., calls people who gab incessantly “the bane of an interviewer’s existence.”
“We understand that you want to answer the question fully, but being concise — as long as you’ve answered the question — is truly okay. The longer you talk, the higher your chances of turning the interviewer off to your answer,” she said. “Also, pay attention to social cues; if the interviewer frequently has to cut you off in order to move on, you’re probably talking too much.”
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