During job applications, a lot of jobseekers lose the opportunity to sell themselves and don’t get hired by missing 5 simple things during an interview. A common example will be to give a one line response to an open ended question. Sometimes these responses don’t even last for 5 or 10 seconds. This is a bad way to make use of the opportunity to sell yourself even if you’re someone who is capable of doing the job.

In reality, it doesn’t really matter if your answer was long or short. What’s more important is that you were able to express yourself and that you gave your best answer.

A goob job interview usually involves a healthy exchange of information. You and the recruiter should enjoy the communication. As a job applicant, you should set aside all your worries that you may not get the job and just go with the flow of carrying out a good conversation.

Here are some best practices that you can adopt to pass your job interviews:

1. Talk Natural

Although an interview is a professional form of communication with a recruiter you may treat it as a normal conversation with a friend to lessen the tension, because when you pretend that you are having a conversation with a friend you will be more confident.

2. Give time for interviewer to Speak (and vice versa)

Let the interviewer speak, this is especially important if you are a talker. People who speak a lot may not notice that they are dominating the conversation and not giving the interviewer a chance to speak.

The reverse is also true for people who are shy or do not talk much. In order to avoid being short for words, give examples of what you are trying to convey. For example you are talking about a previous job, give an instance where you are able to help a customer or a co-worker.

Listen closely to what the interviewer is saying, that is the most important thing to do during an interview. If you don’t understand the question you won’t be able to answer the question properly, so be attentive, focus on what the recruiter is saying.

3. Provide relevant answers

Give a relevant answer to the question. Your response should be clear and avoid giving an inappropriate answer. For example, if you are asked about your previous job experience, you should answer this by enumerating your past work duties and responsibilities.

4. Show. Don’t just tell.

Demonstrate examples when talking about your skills and accomplishments. This will give a better picture of what you can do for the organization. Showing concrete examples will establish your credibility in the eyes of the recruiter.

5. Highlight your skills which are relevant

Match your skills with the job description while talking about what you can do for the company. Not all your skills will be a good fit, but your traits that are a good fit should be highlighted.

Remember to always be conscious of the time you spend talking. Let the interviewer speak too and do not give out one line responses to open ended questions. Ask questions related to the job you are applying for. Ask what kind of workers they have and their culture. Ask pertinent questions to give you more information about the company that will also give an impression that you are truly interested to work with them.