Don’t you hate it when you draw a blank? Usually it doesn’t happen while you’re watching tv or hanging out with friends in a relaxed setting. It happens while you’re in a stressful situation like during a presentation or a sales pitch. You know, when you’re expected to be at the top of your game. So how do you handle this when you are in an interview and this happens?
If you haven’t experienced this, please share your secret because I have been there many times. I would be in the middle of answering a question and as I was talking, I would forget where I was going with my story or what the question was in the first place. I still vividly remember freaking out in my mind, racing through thoughts to figure out where I was going with what I was talking about and stressing out. It is really nerve-wracking.
When this happens to you (and it will) it will be unexpected, but you can have ways on how to deal with this so it’s not so bad. Here are a few things you can do to help dig your way out of that uncomfortable situation. If you have any other tips, please share them below!
– Take a deep breath. You don’t have to get into a yoga stance and meditate, but just take breath. That second or two can sometimes clear your mind and bring you back to what you were talking about. It will help you focus and relax so that you can be more natural.
– Ask if your answer made sense or if it answered their question. It could be that you misspoke because you did not understand the question in the first place. Or maybe your mind did go blank. Either way, if you use this tactic, you can redeem yourself by getting a second chance.
– If you just have no idea what to do, ask to come back to the question. You aren’t expected to know every answer right away. If you respond with this, it ends up one of two ways: the interviewer forgets the question so you don’t have to answer it or he or she comes back to it and you have had more time to think about how to respond. The employer will respect the fact that you don’t want to answer off-the-cuff and just say the first thing that comes to mind, so don’t feel bad if you have to do this.
– Attend my upcoming coaching call. Do you know how to answer the toughest interview questions? If not, join me TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 at 7:30 pm (Eastern). When you’re prepared, you are not as nervous and you’l
l be less likely to draw a blank. During this 30-minute session, I will be covering resumes and going over some tips on how to have a better interview. It’s absolutely FREE, so sign up today!
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