How to Answer Interview Questions on Computer Experience

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Regardless of the type of job you are seeking, there’s a good chance you’ll need to possess some sort of computer experience to meet the job’s expectations. Many interviewers will gauge your experience with computers by asking you a few questions about general computer knowledge. Even if you don’t have much computer experience, you can hide your lack of experience by strategically answering the questions.

Speak coherently. If you’re unsure of your experience with computers, you may stutter and fail to form a complete answer to the question. If you know your material well, you may inadvertently speak quickly and incoherently, without realizing you’re doing so. Take your time and think about what you’re going to say.

Talk without excessive technical jargon. If you have a lot of experience with computers, it’s best to avoid a slew of technical terms when you speak. By relaying your knowledge in non-technical terms, you show the interviewer that you can express yourself without the use of phrases and words that are foreign to the general public.

Talk about your general experience with computers if you don’t have a lot of prior experience. For example, you could bring up how you have owned a computer for 10 years and how often you use it. Include any software that you regularly use, such as word processors and spreadsheet software.

Include information about how you've worked with certain types of software or computers. For example, if you’re asked a question about using a certain type of word processor, you could start by saying, “I worked with XX program in my previous position” and then go on to answer the question. Doing so conveys your experience to the interviewer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the interviewer asks you if you know how to use a particular program and you're unsure, answer honestly.

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