The secret to answering curve-ball interview questions

What interviewers are really looking for when they ask an usual question

There are interview questions and then there are interview questions that will make you yearn for this one.

The Daily Muse's Suki Shah examined several doozies, including our favorite:

Explain the Internet to an 8-year old in three sentences.

And by "favorite" we mean, "In no way do we ever want to encounter this question in any form."

Shah notes that when it comes to tough questions, the interviewer isn't interested as much in the answer as he or she is in how you arrive at and communicate it.

"He wants to determine how quickly you can think on your feet, how you’ll approach a difficult situation, and, most importantly, whether you can remain positive and proactive and make progress in the face of a challenge," she says.

The key in answering these questions - regardless of topic: "Talk the interviewer through your internal thought process, so he can gain insight into the way you think and analyze information," Shah adds.

When you're prepping for your next interview, concentrate on your communication skills (voice, tone, eye contact, confidence). And remember if you're thrown a curve ball, they want to see how you will react: will you get flustered and flushed or will you be cool, calm and collected?

Click below to check out several other interview questions you won't want to meet in a dark alley at night.

via The Daily Muse

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