Yes, You Have "Something to Add"

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At the end of most interviews, reporters frequently ask : “Is there anything else you would like to add?”…

Wow! It’s a wide-open opportunity to say exactly what you’d like to say!

Unfortunately, the most common answer is: “No, I think we’ve mentioned everything’’. This is understandable, since an interview can create stress and pushes you in a rush to get over it, even at a cost of refusing to deliver the message!

Here are 4 easy ways to find “something to add”:


1. RESTATE YOUR KEY MESSAGES

You have conscientiously prepared yourself with 2 or 3 key messages that you’d like to deliver. It’s now time to restate them (yes, again!) in order to leave little room as possible for ambiguity. Restating a message at the end of the interview rather than scattered throughout the discussion increases the odds that it will be remembered by the reporter.

2. DELIVER THE MESSAGE THAT WENT UNNOTICED DURING THE INTERVIEW

In the heat of the moment, it happens regularly that one of the messages was not tackled due to lack of time. This is the perfect opportunity to add this message, since the reporter opens the door to add anything you want!

By the way, it is perfectly correct to quickly consult your notes before answering, rather than relying solely on your memory!

3. CLARIFY AN IMPERFECT ANSWER

Nervousness plays tricks, like making us respond in a convoluted way to simple questions. This is the ideal time, at the end of the interview when nervousness is at its lowest level, to take up again an answer that seemed unsatisfactory.

4. ADJUST THE ASSUMPTIONS OF THE REPORTER

The reporter left you with the impression that his idea was already made during the interview? Do you think there are nuances that have not been well understood that could affect the end-result? This is your last chance to correct this situation, even if you have tried to do so throughout the interview. If this is not a guaranteed success, you will be able to say that you have tried everything!

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