So, you're in an interview and suddenly you're hit with a question you haven't prepared for. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us.
In this blog post, we'll discuss how I tackled a tricky question in a real interview, and how you can use the same approach to handle any unexpected question that comes your way.
“If I spoke with 10 random people in your life, how many of them would dislike you?”
When faced with a question you haven't prepared for, the first thing to do is buy yourself some time. This can be achieved by:
Next, make your own assumptions to create high-level segments, and then further divide them into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
In my case, I split the 10 random people into:
And then further divided them into family (personal), friends (personal), internal teammates (professional), and external agencies (professional).
Now that you have clearly defined segments, tackle each of them one by one, providing reasons for your estimates.
Although my answer wasn't exactly what the interviewer was looking for, they appreciated my clear thought process and passed me to the next round.
The main takeaway here is not the "right" answer, but rather the process you use to arrive at a well-reasoned response.
So there you have it – a practical approach to answering unexpected interview questions.
By stalling for time, breaking the question down, and addressing each segment with clear reasoning, you can demonstrate your problem-solving skills and impress your interviewer, even when you're caught off-guard.
Remember to keep practicing and honing your interview skills, and feel free to reach out for more practical career and interview tips. Good luck!