What to Say When You’re Stumped in an Interview

November 2, 2017

Career Advice

There’s nothing worse than getting completely tongue tied in the middle of an interview. But no matter how much you’ve prepped, you’re bound to get a question that throws you for a loop. And with an already nervous disposition, it’s not like you’re fully capable of crafting the perfect answer on the fly. However, “I don’t know!” isn’t a great answer.

If you need to buy yourself a little bit of time after a tricky interview question, here are a few things you can say:

“Great question. I would have to say that…”

“Let me think for a minute on that one.” [Pause for a moment.]

“That’s a tough one. Can we move on to the next question and then come back to this one?” 

“Can you repeat the question one more time?”

“Just to clarify, are you asking if I…”

“That question reminds me of a time…” [Redirect to something similar you feel more comfortable speaking about.]

“I’m sorry I just can’t think of an example at this moment. Is it ok if I follow up afterward?” 

Image via Image Catalog/Flickr.

 

 

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