How to Answer Tough Interview Questions
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, even for the most prepared candidates. It can be challenging when you are asked a question which you aren’t sure how to answer. No one wants to look ridiculous or nervous while in an interview, so it is best to prepare as much as you can. To prepare for potentially tough interview questions, take the following actions before and during your interview.
Search for Commonly Asked Questions
You can do a quick web search for common questions asked in your field. Knowing the potential questions ahead of time will help you prepare.
Ask a Friend for Help
After you’ve created a list of potential interview questions, ask a friend for their help. They can carry out a mock interview with you to help you get comfortable with your answers and receive feedback on how you present yourself.
Remember Past Job Scenarios
It is very common for an interviewer to ask you to “describe a scenario” in which you experienced a specific situation or setback at a previous job and how you reacted. It can be difficult to think of a story on the spot, so do your best to recall past experiences that taught you something before the interview. This can help you tell your story better and avoid awkward pauses during the interview.
If you are asked a question you weren’t expecting in the interview, don’t rush to answer right away. You can give yourself time to think, and if you need clarification, ask for it. They want you to answer the question truthfully, so they appreciate you taking your time when necessary.
Try Not to Repeat Yourself or Ramble
The more you run on in your answer, the more uncomfortable you may appear. Keep your answers straightforward and stop when you have said what you wanted to say. This will help you seem more confident and self-assured in your responses.
Research The Company
Research the company you are interviewing for before your interview. Your interviewer will be impressed if you express interest in and knowledge of their company. This can also help you discover any questions you want to ask during the interview.
Taking these steps to prepare for interview questions can make a positive difference in how nervous you feel and how well you can present your qualifications for the job.
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