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How You Can Prepare for the Unpredictable

October 30, 2017

To an extent, a person can prepare almost for everything. You may have no concrete answer, but you can have some strategy, even if it is just to take a deep breath to organize your thoughts. Not every question given below is unpredictable, but they represent general issues which, if not expected, can easily throw you on the day.

Situation #1

What are your ways to deal with anxiety?

If you realize where the anxiety comes from, it is already half of the battle. However, you have to take control, and a great way is to concentrate on what you would like to say instead of on what might happen. If you are worried about what questions an interviewer could ask during the interview, read thoroughly the job description, write your own questions, and practice them.

Situation #2

If you get offered a job, but are going to go to one more interview soon, how will you tell the first employer about this?

You might consider telling every employer the truth from the beginning. Say that you are applying for several jobs so that every employer is prepared. If you decide to do so, do not tell them that you are looking for the best offer, so that you are giving them the impression you are hesitating and cannot decide what to do. So, if you want to be open, remember to stay calm and polite. You can ask the employer for time to think about his/her job offer, but emphasize you are interested in it.

Situation #3

If you do not have enough knowledge of certain issue but have the capacity to learn it, how are you going to convince the interviewer of this?

This is the field where your ability to demonstrate evidence of skills is vital. Your task is to brainstorm the maximal number of examples where you have had to learn and apply new knowledge. Tell how you approached it, whom you enlisted to help you, what the result was.

Situation #4

How to deal with an aggressive interviewer?

The “hostile interviews” have already gone to the past. You have to realize that there is a huge difference between a person who does not smile during the interview, has a stern tone of voice and interrupts you when you waffle for too long and a person who is actually aggressive. The limited length of most interviews also means that many questions might be delivered very briskly and sometimes it feels uncomfortable, especially if you are not well prepared. Besides, academic interviewers will probably ask you to back up your arguments in quite a brusque form. So, the best advice is to concentrate on what is being asked instead of how it is being asked. You can get prepared by asking your friend to put you several questions in a formal and business-like manner.

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