Sometimes in yoga, the instructor may mention to catch your breath.
Or while intense exercising, you may get winded and need to pause, to catch your breath.
But how about during your interview?
Do you make a conscious effort to catch your breath?
Occasionally, I get feedback from the interviewer that they were not able to get a word in during the conversation, which causes frustration and lost interest.
I think it’s natural for us to often ramble to tell the receiving party everything we can, to fully answer a question, maybe even repeating ourselves and not really notice it while it’s happening.
Suggestion: put a post-it on your desk, wall, computer screen, phone, in your interview notebook, etc. in bold to: Catch Your Breath
Or whatever phrase works best to slow down, pause, and to try to reflect on your conversation as it’s happening.
It could make the difference to a better free-flowing interview.
And now, how about a little Sting/Police (1983):
“Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you”