3 Ways to Stay Composed Even through Tough Interview Questions
As much as you prepare for an interview, there’s no knowing what tough questions will be thrown your way. You can think in advance of what those questions may be and how you will address it, but what about that one question that you didn’t think of?
Tough interview questions are asked not just to see what your answer will be, but also to see how well you respond under pressure.
Whether it’s talking about your weakness, how you would respond to a particular scenario or discussing a sensitive area, follow these tips and techniques to ensure you remain composed and leave a positive impression.
- Don’t restate the weakness.
If the employer asks, “What’s one of your major weaknesses?” Avoid responding with, “My weakness is…” Your focus needs to be on the positive, so don’t restate negative words or feel awkward about having to answer the question. Just speak of what you’ve done to improve in the specific area so that it comes off as not a weakness anymore.
- Reveal your thinking pattern.
When given a scenario and asked how you would resolve it, approach the topic with confidence regardless of whether the scenario is reasonable or unusual. The interviewer is simply trying to see how you approach issues or think creatively. It’s not really about what’s the right answer – if there even is one, so don’t respond with “I don’t know” or appear flustered over the question.
- Speak positively.
Whether question arises about the long gap between employment on your resume or why you left the employer (which you were fired from), avoid placing blame on any one thing or person. Focus on the positive, like what you do during the time of unemployment. Perhaps you spent the time volunteering for a good cause, went back to school to get more training in an area that is important for the job or traveled the world and gained an enormous amount of knowledge and experience that may be applied on the job. The same goes with speaking about past employers. Prospective employer don’t want to hear how much you hated working at your old job. Just focus on what you’ve learned and realized from the experience to improve upon your future.
If you want to express to an employer that you are the best fit candidate for the job, you have to show them you are confident and competent, regardless of what is thrown your way.