How To Answer The Tough Interview Questions And The Best Way To Thank A Interviewer

                         How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions

Each interview has at least one, a question that you really don’t know the best way to answer.  It is the one that you agonize over for days and keep going over it and over it in your head and you ask others how they would have answered. There is not way to avoid these types of questions but you can answer them with confidence to give yourself peace of mind until you get a call back.

Do not feel that you have to answer immediately after you have been asked a question. You are not on a game show where the fastest contestant to answer wins. Your interviewers will appreciate that you have taken time to formulate your answer. If you are concerned by a prolonged silence – don’t be, it is normal.  If you have been asked a question that you do not know exactly what to say, ask for a moment to think of an
appropriate answer. This is preferable to taking a long time to answer without explaining what you are doing.

If you really can’t think of an answer off of the top of your head, ask if you can come back to the question in a moment – keep trying to think of an answer. Don’t think that if you get to the end of the interview and you haven’t answered the question that you are off of the hook.  Even if your interviewer doesn’t ask again, it has not gone unnoticed that you didn’t respond to a question.  The best case scenario is for you to bring the topic back to the question and answer it accordingly. Thank your interviewer for giving you the extra time to come up with the right answer. 

If it is a lengthy question that is broken into parts, break it down into, don’t try and answer it all at once – you can always ask for parts of the question to be repeated.

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The Best Way To Thank A Interviewer
You may think that it is best to follow-up with an interviewer to thank them for their time and keep your name in the forefront of their mind. While this may have that affect on them, it may not be in the positive way you are looking for. An interviewer takes time out of their regular job to fill vacancies in a department.  It is an extremely busy and stressful time for them and they do not want (nor have time to) take calls from everyone
that they have completed interviews with.

But this is not to say that sending along a thank you is a bad idea, it’s not. The method that you thank your interviewer is going to make a difference. If you received a business card, send a quick e-mail to thank them for their time and that you are looking forward to hearing from them. Quick and to the point and leave it at that. Do not expect a reply because you probably won’t get one and do not follow-up on your e-mail to make sure they received it – you will become an annoyance.

Second to sending a quick e-mail, you can send a short and professional thank you note (this means no scented stationary or something too cutesy). The message should be similar, thanking the interviewer for taking the time to sit down with you, express how much you enjoyed speaking with them and learning more about the company. It is a nicety that while not necessary, can be an added touch to a strong interview.

It may not guarantee you the job, but thank you notes, if done the right way, may open doors for you in the future.  If there are openings in the company at a later time, the interviewer may remember you and think of you before others.

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