Often we are too preoccupied, distracted, or overwhelmed by the interview process to listen properly.

You may have noticed when chatting to someone in a business or social setting that we drift off in our thoughts. Insert nerves and this situation compounds.

In many cases, we wait for the other person to shut up so we can say what we want to say.

If we do this in an interview setting we will miss vital clues as to what the company or hiring manager is looking for.

How will someone tell? You stare too long, fake smile too much, don’t react to the nuances of the other person talking.

Your body language will also give you away, you won’t pick up on the cues given for you to interject, provide input, your turn to speak.