When you respond to interview questions, listen carefully to the questions, take time to phrase your responses, and ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you’re not sure what they are asking.

Be brief and don’t ramble when you respond. However, do be sure that your responses answer the questions, are focused, and highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job. Do your best to get the hiring manager on your side during the interview.

Keep in mind that your responses are your sales pitch. You’re selling the interviewer on yourself as the best candidate for a second interview and the job, so be sure you focus on your relevancy, i.e., why you are a good candidate, how you can do the job, what you can contribute, and how you will benefit the company if you’re hired.