With all the noise in the world, our society has been immensely uncomfortable with silence, and silence in an interview has to be one of the worse kinds of all.
There are two potential times silence can invade an interview. The first is after you’ve finished an answer and before the next question is asked. The interviewer is probably taking notes, processing your answer and figuring out what to ask next. The second is after the interviewer asks a question and before you figure out how to answer.
It’s easy to get nervous and turn the silence into awkwardness, but relax. Stay calm and understand that silence in either situation is simply a moment to collect your thoughts. This way, you’ll appear more comfortable and confident in the interview.