Interview Skills / Points of Information

Asking Questions

1. Short and to the point - Don't ramble, it gives your opposition more time to think of an answer
For example: "The Death Penalty cannot be effective because it people still commit crimes like murder even though there is the death penalty, so that means it doesn't work. What do you think about that?"
"If the Death Penalty is effective at preventing crime, why has the murder rate increased even in countries with the death penalty?"

2. Ask questions that require people to take a position. This forces people to defend more things or to be inconsistent.
"If you support the death penalty, do you also support euthanasia? or Suicide?"

3. Give examples in your questions - Force people to deal with facts
"In America, 75% of people on death row are black. Doesn't that show the death penalty is racist?"

Answering Questions

1. Direct Answers - Whenever possible, you must answer questions directly. Give short and clear answers. Do not take a long time answering questions as it removes time from your speech.

2. Structured Answers - Divide your answer into two or three parts, using terms like "Firstly, Secondly" and so on. This gives the perception that you are very reactive and helps people follow your answers easily.

3. Discussion Answers - If you don't know the answer to the question, try to discuss the answer in your speech. For example, if someone asks you "Who is the best President of Korea", you can start by discussing what is the meaning of "best", for example "Well, for me, the best President is someone who best represents the people. Also, because of Korea's unique situation of division, each President needs to bring the countries closer to unity. Therefore, I think the best President is..."

4. Buy time before answering - Give yourself some time to think before answering the question.

  • Praise the question and talk about why it is important
  • Make a joke
  • Make a personal reference/anecdote

5. Use answers to talk about yourself / your position / your team - answers to questions should highlight your strengths. Try to use your arguments/ideas to answer questions. In an interview, always reflect on your strengths or experiences when answering any question.