Remember back in school when you had trouble answering questions? Whether you struggled with your times tables in math, stumbled while spelling those tricky words in language class, or strained to remember important milestones in U.S. History, finding ways to recall important facts & figures became a necessity. In an Interview situation, you need to be able to instantly answer questions with little to no hesitation. Failure to answer quickly, fluently, and correctly means you lose credibility during an interview and lessen your chances of getting hired.

Have you ever been stumped by an interview question? Did your answers leave your lips before you had a chance to fully engage your brain? Do you really and truly have a handle on how to best answer interview questions? Did you hear what's often referred to as "crickets" (so much silence that all you hear is crickets) due to a long delay in answering?

So what's the solution? Flash Cards!

There's nothing fancy about them. A simple 3 x 5 card with a question on one side and an answer on the back is all you need. This is low technology, inexpensive, old school learning at its finest! And talk about portable! You can pop a set of Flash Cards in your pocket or purse and take them anywhere!

The beauty of using Flash Cards is that you can use them alone, or with a trusted Friend or Family Member. Either way you choose to go, you'll want to spend some time thinking about the types of interview questions to include on your Flash Cards. What specific questions should you anticipate? What did your research and preparation reveal in terms of what might be asked during an interview? What question came up last time that got you? Create a Flash Card for each great question you come up with.

So we've discussed the questions, but what about the answers?

On the back of each Flash Card, you'll want to put the best possible answer. You may wish to spend some time reviewing the job description, review your resume, and strengthen your answers so that everything matches up. In other words, your resume and the answers you give to interview questions appear to be an exact DNA match to the job you're applying for!

If you've done your homework on both questions AND answers, you can anticipate the specific questions that will be asked. If you've interviewed recently, you'll want to take some time to assemble a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers from past interviews. Ask informed people who work in your chosen field to help you put together potential questions and answers for your Flash Cards. There's plenty of information available online, in books, and within your growing network that can provide great questions and answers. Create as many questions and answers as you can, practice often, and watch how well you'll be able to impress a potential employer. Then continue to impress them with all that you can contribute to their organization! (And get that next interview, and get hired!) I've assembled a basic set of Flash Cards for you to print and use. Send me an email and I'll send them to you: chazz@fortlivingroom.com. Answering interview questions requires lots of preparation and practice. If at first you don't succeed, whip out those Flash Cards! You'll be back in a flash!