When you can’t answer an interview question?


You have that all important interview and your nerves are frayed. What if the interviewer asks a question you can’t answer?



Don’t panic



The first thing is to remain calm. The minute you let the stress get to you, the worse it becomes. You start to sweat and your hands get clammy. Your heart is beating like a drum and you are sure the interviewer can hear it. Your brain gets muddled.



Breathe deep



Take a deep breath. Feel yourself calm down and allow yourself a moment to think of a coherent answer. Breathing deeply will allow your heartbeat to slow down and give your mind a “breath of fresh air.”



Ask for clarity



Ask the interviewer to clarify the question you can’t answer. Saying “I don’t know” or waffling some nonsense is not the way to go. Asking for clarity will give you time to think about the question in depth.



Show initiative



After asking for clarity and you still cannot answer, then explain what steps you would take to solve the problem in a real time situation. The interviewer will appreciate your honesty and your initiative. However if you still cannot answer the question, explain that you will research the answer after the interview.



Post interview follow-up



Be sure to follow-up with an answer as soon as possible after the interview to instil confidence in the interviewer of your ability to act upon your word and come up with solutions.


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