There are several reasons why you may find yourself stumped during a job interview. Maybe you didn’t prepare for it enough. Or maybe you were asked a question you didn’t expect. But regardless of why, you ought to be able to handle the situation in an appropriate manner.
“Remain calm while thinking about your answer. Don’t say ‘I don’t know’ or make things up on the spot,” advises Wendy Heng, associate director of sales and marketing, supply chain and procurement at Robert Walters Singapore. She adds that you should clarify the question if you want to give it a go.
“But if you really don’t know the answer, you can be frank about your lack of experience,” she says. “And instead of making a blanket statement such as ‘I’m willing to learn’, tell them about how you’d approach the challenge.”
That said, you can significantly reduce your odds of being stumped during your interview with adequate preparation. Wendy shares five tips on how you can go about doing so.
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