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Demonstrate Your Positive Approach By Tackling Problem Solving Questions In An Interview

January 06, 2020 | 3 minutes Read

Ritu Raj Das

Behavioural and Personal Interviews

Imagine if problems could send an invitation letter or a notice before arising. We could throw them away and keep ourselves stress-free. However, they come suddenly and create chaos all around without giving us any time to respond.

As a result, recruiters look out for those people who think on their feet, anticipate a problem and solve it proactively instead of crumbling under pressure.

If you have a positive mindset, conscious intent, and systematic approach towards difficult, unusual, and challenging situations, you will be a valuable asset to any organisation.

Here are some common questions which recruiters ask to gauge the problem-solving ability:

  • Describe a situation where you faced severe challenges in completing your job responsibilities sincerely. How did you solve those challenges?
  • You have delayed in submitting the project, which has made the client angry. How will you handle the situation?
  • Was there a situation where you were caught off-guard by an unanticipated problem? Did you react or respond? How did you tackle it? What was the result?
  • If you ever have to choose between revenue or ethics while dealing with prospective clients, what would you prefer?
How to prepare for these questions?

A problems-solving question does not have a predefined correct answer. We all have our own ways of addressing and solving a problem.
As said above, approach and mindset are the keys to success for answering problem-solving questions in an interview -

  • Demonstrate your skill of anticipation - If you possess the ability to identify a problem before it becomes a severe issue, you will be a valuable asset for the company. 

Describe a situation where you noticed red flags, took some timely steps and safeguarded your organisation or yourself against a problem or a vital issue.

  • Describe your thought-process - Do you run after finding a solution as soon as you encounter a problem? Or invest enough time in identifying the root cause, examining probable consequences, and choosing a permanent solution over a temporary one? Both approaches are correct, though. 

You should explain your preferable approach and give enough “Why” (reasons for a particular approach) to support your answer. Tell an event from the past where the selected approach fetched positive results for you or your organisation. It will be like the cherry on the cake.

Remember what Gerhard Gschwandtner said, “Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity”

Think creatively and give appropriate answers to the hypothetical problems asked in an interview. Meanwhile, you could solve the interviewer’s immediate problem - finding a more appropriate candidate than you for the concerned job position. 

Speaking of problems, if you face a problem in preparing well for your interviews, Skill Prodigy is here to help you. Come to us, and let us together find what works best for you.

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Morihei Ueshiba delineates the importance of body language, “A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.”

No matter what, if your body language is not correct, you cannot impress the interviewer. During a video interview, it becomes even more crucial. The interviewer is minutely watching your stance and hand & eye gestures. 

What is body language?

According to Wikipedia, body language is a type of nonverbal communication. Facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch, and the use of space together constitute body language. 

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Why and how do interviewers assess a candidate’s body language?

“Actions speak louder than words.” Sometimes, you cannot communicate your thoughts or connect with someone by speaking words as much as you can do by showing positive intent. While working in a company, you have to constantly interact with your team members, superiors, juniors, customers, and vendors. If you have a positive body language, you sound more approachable and confident, which impacts your conversations as well. 

Hence, every recruiter closely observes the body language of candidates at various stages during an interview. During a video interview, right from when you start the conversation until you press the “END” button, the interviewer keeps a vigilant eye on your body language and stance. 

How to show positive body language during a video interview?

 

  • Maintain friendly eye contact - Keep a soft, natural eye-contact throughout the interview. Neither stare nor wander your eyes. Gently look into the webcam (not at the screen) to maintain good eye-contact. In between, look-away for a few seconds and reconnect when either of the interviewer or you are speaking.
  • Sit straight and all the way back in your seat - If you sit on the edge of the chair, you sound nervous and low on confidence. But, sitting too comfortable is even more harmful. So, keep your back straight and touch it gently against your chair. Avoid Sofa or beds for sitting.

 

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  • Let your hands talk - When your hands move as you speak, it shows that you are confident and open. But, again, the hand gestures should be smooth and measured. Avoid interlocking of fingers or folding of arms as it gives a negative impression. 
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When you adopt a natural, unforced body language during the interview, you can be relaxed and feel more confident. To be natural, you have to practice beforehand, so the tips mentioned above can get inculcated into your daily habits. 

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