top of page

How to answer multi-tiered questions and crush the interview

During an interview or public speaking event, people may do this on purpose...

They may ask you multiple questions together.

Building this skill and enhancing your personal brand--what people say about you when you leave the room--can be the difference between getting the job, addressing the audience with a thorough response, or not.

How can you show them you're a rockstar and crush the interview?

Here’s a strategy I shared with one of my private coaching clients, which I believe will serve you.

Master the Skill of Listening

When you are on an interview, on a panel, or any venue where you’re answering questions, what typically happens is that instead of listening, your brain immediately kicks into hyper mode trying to figure out what to say next and, in the process, you forget to listen carefully.

What will support you the most is to focus on becoming a master listener instead and connect the questions to something in your head that will help you remember them. Here’s an example:

If I were to ask you, “Why did you look for a coach? What was it like to go through the process? And what will you take with you?” Notice I asked a three-part question.

As you’re listening to me, remember each of the questions using this trick...

Find a “trigger sentence”—a phrase in your head that reminds you of my questions. This could be your little mental trick. When I say, “Why did you look for a coach? Your trigger sentence or prompt can be “Why a coach?”

If you can, use your fingers to connect your trigger sentences to the questions-your index finger to remember question #1 (under the desk or below the virtual meeting camera). Sometimes the physicality of holding out a finger that only you can see/feel reminds you of the question.

For question #2, hold out your middle finger, and your trigger sentence can be, "What was the process like?" And finally, with question #3, "What are my takeaways?" hold out your ring finger to remind you of the third one.

In your mind, you now have three anchors for each of the three questions. After the person finishes asking the questions, start answering them, one by one. Here are sample answers in this example:

  • The reason why I hired a leadership coach is, etc.

  • The process was supportive for me. I met with my coach regularly and had somebody that I knew would hold me accountable, etc. What am I going to take away is the things that I learned during coaching? I’ll apply them with my team and my family, etc.

Why is this skill of answering multiple questions important?

Suppose I'm interviewing you and I ask you a multi-tiered question, and you remember the questions in the heat of the moment of an interview, under those circumstances of high stress. In that case, that tells me volumes about how you operate under pressure.

An interview can be a stressful situation. If you can remember the multi-tiered questions that I ask you and answer them, I feel more confident that you would handle stressful situations and stay calm, cool, and collected.

It also shows me an organized thought process and helps you communicate using the language that your interviewer uses, which allows you to connect more as they hear their own words.

How will you remember this skill?

Here’s an image or metaphor to support you.

The key is to forget about answering first and instead focus on listening.

Imagine your body being the shape of an entire ear, listening on all levels.

Your focus is on listening. Come up with your trigger sentences to remember what they asked you, and then off you go, answer the questions.

If you find this strategy valuable, share it with your friends. And if you need support navigating a transition to a new leadership role, gaining more confidence, and articulating your value to land that role, increase your income, and get out of survival mode, reach out to me at

In the meantime, be fearless! (act despite the fear)

Coach Ginny 💕


Whenever you're ready, we want to serve you with what you need support the most! Here are some ways in which we can do this together: #1 - Increase your confidence and leadership skills to overcome the limitations holding you back and magnifify your superpowers: Learn the #1 success secret to becoming the highly impactful, influential leader you are meant to be without sacrificing your well-being. We start soon and only a few spots remain. Get the details here. Email with any questions: #2 - Learn how to get the job you want with our Personal Branding Mastercalss: Our virtual course will show you how to stand out in the job market, confidently. Create a magnetic resume and LinkedIn profile, grow your professional network, and articulate your value, especially during interviews. Get the details here: #3 - Get out of survival mode and advance your career when you create your 12-month action map in our Visionary Leaders Circle monthly program: Acquire the tools, strategies, and structure to navigate the challenges of a corporate envrironment, advance steadily, and develop leadership competencies, virtually, with other leaders on the same journey and your own leadership coach. Find out more and register here: #4 - Coach with us, virtually, privately, one-on-one: Join one of our private coaching programs, designed to address your specific challenges and goals, flexible to your busy schedule. Our clients earn promotions, higher pay, transition into new roles they love, and enjoy a higher level of financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They "do the work" and see the results! 100% virtual, get started with a complimentary session here: #5 - Read our books: (NEW!) Healing Leadership: How to Lead, Love, and Thrive in Business and Life & Fearless Women at Work: Five Powerful Strategies to Thrive in Your Career and Life! Healing Leadership will transform the way you view your role as a leader, how you lead yourself and contribute to others. It includes 41 industry experts who also share their years of experience and insights with you. Visit to order your copy and download the Companion Workbook, for a limited time only. #76 - Read our book, Fearless Women at Work: Five Powerful Strategies to Thrive in Your Career and Life! This book’s sole purpose is to ignite your personal power to pursue the life of your dreams by applying five practical strategies in a unique process named C.A.R.E.S. Get your copy and BONUS Book Club Guide companion today at #7 - Subscribe to our Podcast, the Visionary Leaders Circle! Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and others. Develop your edge to become an impactful leader. Learn from distinguished guests, leadership experts, and your host, Dr. Ginny A. Baro. Leave us a five-star review so others can find us. And to be our guest, email us at Enjoy:

#8 - Follow us on Social Media! Click the buttons at the bottom of this email to follow us and enjoy the content we share on our social media channels. Send me a connect request on LinkedIn to grow your network, and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, where you'll find our dynamic and inspiring Weekly Micro-Learning series.

#9 - Want to become our partner in populating the world with great leaders? Here is how! If you know someone in your trusted network who can use the support of a leadership, check out my 10% referral program. Get the details from our Affiliates & Referral Partners page.

About Dr. Ginny A. Baro

Dr. Ginny A. Baro is a sought-after international motivational speaker & leadership coach, a career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work.

Ginny specializes in partnering with organization to develop leadership teams at all levels of management. And she supports individuals navigating a corporate hierarchy or moving into an entirely new phase of their career. She has successfully facilitated live and virtual leadership training and coaching programs for individuals and Fortune 500 companies with over 140,000 employees and delivered keynotes impacting international audiences larger than 7,000. To learn more, visit ExecutiveBound.

Join our community and receive valuable strategies delivered to your inbox (we don't spam). Read other articles in our blog, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Here's how we help!


bottom of page