In the pressurised environment of an interview it is quite easy to start contradicting yourself directly or contradicting something you have written down, either on your CV or on Social Media. Below are 3 good tips to avoid interview inconsistencies:
1. Ensure that there is a natural flow between your LinkedIn profile and your CV
Your LinkedIn profile will generally outline your responsibilities whereas your CV will go into more depth in regards measurable accomplishments associated with these responsibilities. Ensure there are no contradictions between both prior to interview or an astute interviewer will question you about this inconsistency, something you may be totally unaware of.
2. Practice and Remember
There is a high probability that you will be involved in a series of interviews; pre-screening, first round, second round (etc.). Even if you are being interviewed by different people at different stages who are continuously asking the same questions, it is important to give consistent answers to the same questions at each stage of the process. For example if you describe yourself as a team player in a first round interview to you prefer working on your own initiative in the second interview, not only will the interviewer become confused but your credibility will come into question as they invariably will have access to notes from the first round interview.
Remembering your answers and continuously practising should prevent this unfortunate occurrence materialising.
3. Don’t wing it
Preparation and practice are key. If you are “winging it”, chances are that you will forget forget your answers from one round to another (or even in the same interview!) and start contradicting yourself.
This will be viewed as unprofessional and may even be perceived as disrespectful as it is obvious that you didn’t bother to prepare.
In essence, avoiding interview inconsistencies is critical in maintaining your credibility in interview situations.