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How to Answer Interview Questions: Fact Over Fabrication

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If you do not know the answer to a particular question in an interview, should you say so?

Yes. That’s the short answer.

The longer answer is, again – yes. With an added explanation about your ability to get the job done and your eagerness to learn quickly what it is that you lack at the time of the interview.

It should come as a comfort to you that employers are not just looking for someone to get the work done, with a particular skill set and experience, but also for people who are honest. The fact that you got called for the interview in the first instance means they already thought you could do the job. You’ve been presold for that job. The interview is another step to validate what they suspected all along.

As an immigrant who is new to the country, going for a job interview in a new environment might sound daunting. Often, we feel that we will miss that chance at the job if we say no.

Interviews are a way of knowing you, not just what you know. Show your knowledge, integrity and openness to learning.

The Immigrant Life brings you tips on how to approach interviews:

  • Think of interviews as conversations rather than interrogations. That’s the first step to calm your mind.
  • Truth matters above anything else. Show the true person behind the resume. Who are you behind your appearance or what you are wearing?
  • Your honesty will display your character and integrity which employers value.
  • Show them that you can learn and learn quickly.
  • Demonstrate that you have other similar experiences and skill set and that you can expand on them.
  • However, if what the employer is looking for is something that is out of your knowledge and skill base, let them know that.

Listen to Episode 99 of The Immigrant Life Podcast where the host Dapo Bankole reflects on his personal experiences with similar situations, how he handled them and how they served both the employer and him in the long run.

This article was written by Meena Kaini.

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