There may be times when you get stuck on an interview question. This can happen to anyone, especially when interviewing for a highly technical position that includes complex concepts and definitions.
You might have difficulty creating a response if you get stuck on an interview question. Fortunately, you can take steps to provide an answer and move forward.
Implement these tips if you get stuck on an interview question.
Maintain a Professional Appearance
Remain calm as you prepare to answer the interview question. Smile, take deep breaths, and make eye contact with the interviewer.
Consider asking to take some time to consider the question and get back to it later. Or, mention that you can answer part of the question but would like to think about it more and return to it later.
You might get stuck on an interview question because there is not enough context or clarity about the information being requested. If so, ask for additional guidance. For instance, if the interviewer asks you to tell them about yourself, you could ask whether they want to learn more about your education, professional experience, or personal interests.
The interviewer might ask a question about a technical process or another topic you lack a thorough understanding of. You can respond by expressing your sincere interest in learning more about the subject. Include the details you have and how they relate to the role.
Detail Your Learning Process
Describe how you would find the information needed to answer the question you are stuck on. This shows your problem-solving skills and dedication to learning and development.
Wait until the end of the interview to answer the questions you got stuck on. If the interviewer does not bring up the question again, you can follow up on it in your thank-you email.
You also can use your thank-you email to follow up with questions you forgot to ask during the interview. This demonstrates your genuine interest in the role and organization.
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