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How to Answer
Difficult Questions

in an interview


Preparing for a job interview can be stressful, especially when it comes to answering difficult interview questions. No one likes to feel cornered or out of their depth but don't worry - with the right attitude and preparation, you can ace even the most challenging interview questions.


That’s why we've come up with 5 ways to handle tough questions that will help you stay professional, confident, and in control.

Be honest, but strategic


One of the common mistakes that people make while answering tough questions is deflecting, exaggerating, or straight-up lying. Instead, you can maintain your honesty and be strategic about your response. You can say, "I don't have the information right now, but I agree it’s an interesting / important point so I’ll get back to you on this." It shows that you value the question and the person asking it, and you are willing to take the time to come up with a thoughtful response.


Repeat the question


This is a simple but effective technique that politicians and public speakers use all the time. Repeating the question gives you time to think about your response, and it allows the interviewer to further clarify what they’re asking. You can say, "That's an interesting question, could you repeat it for me?" or "I want to make sure I understand what you're asking."


Focus on what you DO know


You may not have the exact answer but the likelihood is that you do know something around the subject the interviewer is asking about. So find an angle that allows you to show your knowledge even if you have to zoom out a bit.


Give a concise answer (and then bridge to a related topic)


Sometimes the best answer to a difficult question is a short and concise one. Don’t evade the question completely, but offer a short response and then bridge to a related topic, which allows you to redirect the conversation to an area that you have more expertise in.


Reflect on your achievements


Be prepared to talk about your achievements and relate them in response to interview questions. Chances are, the interviewer will ask you about a time when you failed or overcame a challenge. Share an accomplishment that showcases your skills and problem-solving abilities. Be specific about what you did and why it was significant.


In summary

Answering difficult interview questions might seem daunting, but with the right mindset and preparation, you can make a lasting impression on the interviewer. You don't have to answer every question perfectly, and it's okay to admit that you don't know something, so use difficult questions as an opportunity to showcase your professionalism, experience, and critical thinking skills. Above all, be confident, stay calm, and use these 5 ways to respond to difficult questions when you need them whilst interviewing at a studio via Plug.

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