There are few things in life that can bring as much pressure as job interviews. The more technical or prestigious a role you’re applying for, the harder the interview process is. And while you may have a well-decorated resume, how well you answer job interview questions in real time can have a heavier weight on whether or not you get an offer. Here’s four tips on how to ace complicated job interview questions.
Know What to Expect
While it’s impossible to know what specific questions are going to be thrown your way, there are several non-technical questions that interviewers use often enough that it’s worth reviewing. For instance, the question “how do you handle stress?” is commonly asked to interviewees as companies want employees who don’t crumble under pressure and rigors of day-to-day work. Other commonly used questions involve any positive and negative management experiences you’ve had in previous jobs, reasons for leaving your last job, and reasons why you’d be a good cultural fit for the company.
Be Consistent With Your Answers
Employers may ask the same question twice only in a slightly different version to see if you answer it consistently. A change in response can make you look dishonest from your interviewer’s point of view. Furthermore, if they call you on it, internal panic may set in and that can easily show in your facial expressions and body language. Always be honest with your answers. Don’t be afraid to tell your interviewer your shortcomings and weaknesses.
Think Out Loud
If it’s a complicated technical interview question, there’s usually multiple steps involved before you get to the answer. It’s best to think out loud while you’re solving the problem rather than go quiet and solve it in your head. Interviewers want to know how well your problem solving and critical thinking skills are. Start with the fundamentals and work your way up.
Listen More Than You Speak
It’s your interviewer’s job to lead the conversation with his/her carefully curated set of questions. And while you might think that talking incessantly makes you sound more qualified and competent during the interview, it’s best to keep answers concise. Use more of your time and focus to listen to the interviewer’s questions including context, body language, and intent.
In addition to the four tips aforementioned, preparation is key to doing well in any job interview. Get a good night’s rest, eat right, and do practice runs in front of a mirror or with a close friend.