Small talk in interviews

Small talk in interviews

We are often asked how much small talk you should make in interviews, particularly English ones. We feel that small talk is especially important in an interview as the tension is often high as you are nervous. So small talk is a good way to see how you react under pressure as well as check out your social skills. Stick to safe topics such as the weather, travel and location but be careful not to overpraise as it will look obvious you are trying to get the job. Comments like “Is that you son in the picture, he looks gorgeous” are rather over the top J. A good tip is AAA – Answer, Add and Ask back. Showing you are sincerely interested shows a good attitude (and is a good conversation tip) but avoid bringing up anything related to the job itself, such as salary or past jobs. Often coincidences come up in interviews such as going to the same university or living in the same town, and these can be nicely turned into short conversations. Good luck!