One thing to realise is that just about everyone would find a question or two in an interview which they can’t answer. It is very common to find yourself in this situation, and then having your brain blanked out. You might even panic, and then you might find no way of getting out of it. But there are still a few ways in which you can tackle this situation, and easily handle not knowing the answer to a question. Following are the 5 ways in which this can be done:
This is the most important tip anyone can give you. Panicking will bring you nothing; however, keeping calm and keeping your brain in check will make it a lot better for you. Another realisation that will help you is that other candidates will be facing similar difficulties in answering these questions, and that no one there will really have a perfect profile. A confident answering to the answers that you know, in contrast with being uncertain and panicked throughout the rest of the interview, would of course be more beneficial than the latter.
Whatever you have today, you have to do it in a very calm demeanour. First, take a few seconds to think of an appropriate response. If you don’t see yourself coming up with anything, the first thing you should do is politely apologise for not knowing the answer, and then tell the IO that you will go back and find the answer, and then make sure you speak during the conference. Saying ‘I don’t know’ alone won’t really give a good impression, and might cost you essential points.
3.Express your thoughts:
When you get the question, you might not know the exact answer, but most of the times you will know some other thoughts surrounding that particular topic. Just offer them a piece of something that isn’t quite the answer, but is still very relevant to the question they just asked you. That might give a better impression to the IO, showing that you aren’t completely blank about the topic. Let them know how much you’re aware of to get the bonus points.
4.Don’t make stuff up:
If you try to speak something that isn’t relevant, or something that isn’t proven through any credible sources but is something you’re making up, it might give a very bad impression to the IO. It is also very likely that the IO will see right through it, and know that the information you’re giving isn’t true, which would be deduction of essential points for you.
The very first thing you’ll really want to do is to ask the IO to clarify what he just asked, or maybe repeat the question. This will help you make sure if you really understood what he asked, and you will be able to double check if you are aware of the answer or not.
These 5 tips are simple and easy, and after reading these, you should just prepare to your level best and not worry about whether you’ll be able to answer the questions or not.