A job interview is the gateway to landing a job, so you should prepare for the possibility of receiving an interview question you don't know how to answer. This can even happen to people who have done thorough research on a prospective employer and possess extensive experience in the occupation for which they are being considered.
Audra Bianca has been writing professionally since 2007, with her work covering a variety of subjects and appearing on various websites. Her favorite audiences to write for are small-business owners and job searchers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Public Administration from a Florida public university.
There is such an abundance of rude questions – and people who ask them – that you could spend all day thinking of answers and quips. Instead of wasting your valuable time, have a few standard replies that work in a variety of situations.
Many single men and women in their late twenties and early thirties have heard this one. It’s a question generally asked by a well-meaning relative or close friend who wants you to be happy. However, hearing it over and over will make you anything but happy.
Links should point directly to information that helps answer the question, rather than the generic home page of a site where the reader will have to look up the information over again. Additionally, a short answer should be included whenever possible rather than just saying "see link below." The goal is to inform by directly addressing the question—not merely redirecting the contributor to another site.
Because of this, including your name or personal information (email address, phone number, physical address, etc.) in the answer to any question is inappropriate. Also, please do not use phrases like "I hope this helps" or "Good luck." Although these phrases are very kind, they often clutter up the answer area, making it harder for the reader to find the specific information needed.
Many answers do require research, and if you research an answer, you should add the link to the specific page that you used for research to the "Sources and Related Links" area. Using links rather than copying pages of text from another site helps readers get unique and specific answers rather than having to look through a whole article in order to find what they are looking for. If more information is desired, related links allow the reader to go right to the source with context rather than reading material that is often copied without context or regard to the validity of the original site.
This can turn into a competition where the questioner keeps repeating the question and the other person keeps avoiding. If the avoider is determined, then they can easily win, making this a possibly unsuccessful strategy.
People such as politicians often play games around questioning, refusing or answering differently. A simple approach to game-players is to names the game, showing them that you can see what they are doing.
Perhaps the easiest way to avoid the question is to be quiet and just look back at the questioner, or maybe elsewhere. This is not always easy in practice, but when you become comfortable with it, then it is only the other person who feels discomfort.
Some interview question and answers aren't designed to probe you for real information, but to put you on the spot and see how you respond. You will need to rely upon your wit and sense of humor to get through these questions without showing your sweat.
I would go with "I don't know, but my educated guess is as follows...". That way, you can still tell that you don't know, and avoid wasting their time. But at the same time, you can show - or try to show - that you are willing to learn, and have overall understanding of the issue. For example, in programming, you could tell briefly how same thing is done in different language.
Suggested answer: "I want to secure a civil engineering position with a national firm that concentrates on retail development. Ideally, I would like to work for a young company, such as this one, so I can get in on the ground floor and take advantage of all the opportunities a growing firm has to offer."
Suggested answer: "As I'm sure you're aware, the economy is tough right now and my company felt the effects of it. I was part of a large staff reduction and that's really all I know. I am confident, however, that it had nothing to do with my job performance, as exemplified by my accomplishments. For example..."
Suggested answer: "My former colleagues have said that I'm easy to do business with and that I always hit the ground running with new projects. I have more specific feedback with me, if you'd like to take a look at it."
Suggested answer: "I'm the best person for the job. I know there are other candidates who could fill this position, but my passion for excellence sets me apart from the pack. I am committed to always producing the best results. For example..."
"Getting an honest answer to the question requires persistence, though. I usually have to ask it a few times in different ways, but the answers are always worth the effort. For instance, I interviewed a sales candidate who said she didn't enjoy meeting new people.
"The question, as obtuse as it might sound to the interviewee, is the beginning of a story, and in today's world of selling oneself, or one's company, it's the ability to tell a story and create a feeling that sells the brand--whether it's a product or a person.
"I love asking this question really early in the interview--it shows me whether the candidate can think quickly on his or her feet, and also reveals the person's level of preparation and strategic thinking.
Off the skins and remove the cores. Leave whole or cut into halves. Put the tomatoes in a large saucepan and heat to boiling, gently mashing from time to time to create some juice. Boil gently for 5 minutes. Stir to keep them from scorching. Put the tomatoes and juice into clean jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice per quart to acidify. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart. Adjust the lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 90 minutes. The water level should be 1-inch above the tops of the jars. Remove from canner, and let sit until they seal.
If you love to play tricks on your friends or family members, lead them to a computer and introduce them to Peter. Have them choose a question, type it in, and Peter will amaze everyone in the room. But you alone know the key to Peter's success! Here is how to do it.