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We have spent the last 30 days going over questions and answers you may come up against when you are being interviewed. Of course, I am only human and I can’t provide you with the answer to every question, or even the answer to every situation – because sometimes acing an interview is more than getting all the answers right.
Sometimes acing an interview is more about impressing the interviewer with your personality or with your reasoning abilities. Remember that you are probably being hired to work at a company with many other employers, so your interviewer is not only concerned with how much you know but how well you will work in a team.
Even if you are totally prepared and are a great team player, you might also just have the bad luck to have a cranky interviewer, accidentally say the wrong thing, or just have an “off” day. Here is my best advice for situations like that.
We all have bad days, it is part of life. Usually we are just unproductive or make a mistake that can be corrected later, and we can go on with our life. But if your bad day happens to fall during an interview, you may feel like you have ruined your entire life.
Having a bad interview can mean you don’t get the job, and this might have seemed like your dream job. You may beat yourself up afterwards about all the wrong things you did or said, and how nothing will ever go right for you.
The best advice for a situation like this is: treat it like just another bad day. Go on with your life. In the first place, the interview might not have gone as badly as you think. Sometimes the words might not come out of your mouth the way you want them to, but that doesn’t mean you sounded stupid to the interviewer. Keep your head up and think positive thoughts.
If the interview truly went badly and you know you did not get the job, then there is no reason to beat yourself up! The position might have seemed like your dream job – but remember the saying “God’s greatest gift is unanswered prayers.” We can’t see the future, and it may have turned out that you would have been miserable at the job anyway. Above all: do not let one bad interview make you lose your confidence. Keep going on interviewers – the worst that can happen is that you improve your interviewing skills.
Sometimes a bad interview happens because you weren’t prepared. Well, if you have been keeping up with our 30 days of Questions and Answers, then you will probably be the most prepared candidate! That means that sometimes an interview goes wrong and it’s not your fault.
The biggest thing that can be out of control is nervousness. Everyone says “just relax!” but sometimes it is not that easy. If you think you are going to be nervous about an interview, take time before that day to figure out how to calm your nerves. You might need to take a long walk, or just relax with a book or movie to take your mind off of it. Make sure you are well prepared beforehand so that you won’t be trying to cram information into your brain 10 minutes before the interview. Practice relaxing before the interview day, so that you can calm yourself down while you wait in the office or lobby. And, of course, make sure you know how to get to the interview place so that you don’t get lost!
Another thing that is completely out of your control – other people. The interviewer may ask you a question you just don’t know the answer to. This can be something out of your expertise, or a detail about something that you have forgotten. If this happens, do not panic. If you have no experience with the subject in question, don’t lie! Answer truthfully, but also add that you would be willing to learn the procedure, or are planning on training. If it a small detail you can’t quite remember, offer to look up the information and let them know at a later time. Many interviewers will give you a business card or at least a phone number, so you can provide this information to them when you leave the interview, and also look like a dedicated employee.
Not only can you not control the interviewer’s questions, you also cannot control their personality. Sometimes you will simply meet a person who is not very nice. The best thing to do in this situation – be polite and get out of there as quickly as you can! The interviewer may be mean because they are just that kind of person – or they could be testing you. Don’t lose your temper, but answer calmly and demonstrate your ability to deal with unpleasant people. If you are good at diffusing situations with humor, try that. The interviewer might be trying to see how you work under pressure.
Acing an interview can be about more than just knowing the answers to all the technical questions. No matter what your field is, there are certain things you should know before you go into an interview.
The “Difficult” Question
The technology giants hire a lot of people, and by all accounts they are a great company to work for. Their employees are often very smart, highly motivated, and can think outside the box. So how did they end up with such great employees? They ask very strange interview questions!
Imagine going into an interview for a simple engineering position, and being asked why manhole covers are round. You won’t be working with manholes, so why does this question matter? It is a test of how well you can think logically – and under pressure. The answer is: a round cover will not fall through into a round hole, no matter the configuration, while any other shape could twist and fall into the sewer and possibly injure workers below. The answer seems simple when you hear it, right?
More and more companies are learning that these kinds of questions can weed the good employees from the bad. If you are asked a weird interview questions, what is the first thing you should do? Not panic!
Remember, the interviewer does not expect you to immediately know the answer, this isn’t a trivia quiz it is a test of rational thinking. If you blurt out the answer, they will probably just come up with another one. Also, the question might not have a real answer. The best thing to do is sit and think about the question logically, and try to come up with an answer that will show your mental process. It is like in mathematics – show your work!
So – do you feel ready for your interview? I hope your answer is “mostly.” Just remember that interviews are kind of like a test about life. Unlike tests in school, you can never be 100% prepared, because you cannot control life. But if you are 99% prepared, you will be a great interview candidate.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)