There’s an old saying: “Listening is twice as important as speaking, so God gave us two ears and one mouth.” Even if you wind up doing most of the talking at an interview, the importance of listening can’t be overstated.
Interviewers ask questions for a reason. What you’re being asked can tell you more about an organization than hours of research. At the very least, you have topics to follow up on later in the interview.
Try to understand the reason for each question asked.
If the hiring manager asks about your skills with the Apache Tomcat application server, it’s not because she’s pulled buzzwords out of a book called 101 Hot Buzzwords to Ask Job Candidates. She has tasks and problems, and she wants you to solve them, ...