How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions

Each interview has at least one, a question that you really donít know the best way to 

answer.  It is the one that you agonize over for days and keep going over it and over it in 

your head and you ask others how they would have answered.  There is not way to avoid 

these types of questions but you can answer them with confidence to give yourself peace 

of mind until you get a call back.


Do not feel that you have to answer immediately after you have been asked a question.  

You are not on a game show where the fastest contestant to answer wins.  Your 

interviewers will appreciate that you have taken time to formulate your answer.  If you 

are concerned by a prolonged silence ñ donít be, it is normal.  If you have been asked a 

question that you do not know exactly what to say, ask for a moment to think of an 

appropriate answer.  This is preferable to taking a long time to answer without explaining 

what you are doing.


If you really canít think of an answer off of the top of your head, ask if you can come 

back to the question in a moment ñ keep trying to think of an answer.  Donít think that if 

you get to the end of the interview and you havenít answered the question that you are off 

of the hook.  Even if your interviewer doesnít ask again, it has not gone unnoticed that 

you didnít respond to a question.  The best case scenario is for you to bring the topic back 

to the question and answer it accordingly.  Thank your interviewer for giving you the 

extra time to come up with the right answer.  


If it is a lengthy question that is broken into parts, break it down into, donít try and 

answer it all at once ñ you can always ask for parts of the question to be repeated.




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