What To Say When You Don't Have A Good Answer In An Interview

Interviews are difficult. Everyone, no matter how confident or talented, struggles with an interview; after all they are designed to put you on the defensive justifying everything you have ever done in your life. Hence, it often happens that the interviewers are bound to ask you a question for which you don’t have an answer to. Now, you are really in a bind. You can’t not give an answer, but you are also afraid to give the wrong answer. So, what to do? Here is what you can say when you don’t have a good answer in an interview.

Don’t stay quiet

First things first, don’t just stay quiet; you need to give an answer. Just staying quite, or mumbling a half thought out answer, or trying to leave the room undetected will not work, and will just make the situation awkward. You can take some time to think about your answer if that is what you need, but you do need to answer. The primary question here is what to answer.

Don’t just say what you think they want to hear

Another thing you should not do is make some answer based on what you think they want to hear, or something that does not apply to you. Don’t base your answer on their expectations and definitely don’t lie. If you lie, you are bound to get caught, and if you just say what you think they want to hear then they have already heard that answer a dozen times and know that you are just trying to please them.

Acknowledge that you don’t have an answer

So what should you do? If you really don’t have an answer you can tell them so. Acknowledge that you don’t have an answer and why. If the question is in appropriate in some manner, you can refuse to answer it on moral grounds. If you think that the question does not really apply to you or your field, then tell them that as well as the reason why you feel that way. Instead you can direct the conversation towards something you think is actually relevant.

Talk about relevant situation or experience

The best way to answer a question in such a situation would be to acknowledge that you don’t have a perfect answer and instead talk about something that is related to the question but something that is actually relevant to you. Perhaps talk about a situation you had to face or a decision that you had to make which shows off the aspects of you that you like. Try to gauge the reason that they asked the question in the first place, where they trying to see how you would react, or looking for some particular skill or talent. Use that to your advantage and talk about something that shows that or something related to that. The point is to leave them thinking not about the skill that you do not have, but to highlight the skills that you do have; after all that is what will differentiate you from the other candidates, and that is what really matters.

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