Sherrie Suski Presents: What Do You Do When You're Stumped In An Interview?
Getting stumped in an interview is never fun.
But, take solace in the fact that you are not the first
or the last person to get stuck.
Here are some tips to make get through those
rough patches when an interviewer’s question
leaves you reeling:
S TAY C A L M &
B R E AT H E .
• Try not to let yourself get worked
up into a panic. (Once panic sets
in, it’s hard to think clearly)
• Don’t immediately blurt out “I
• Take a few deep breaths and
give yourself a moment to think.
• Remind yourself it’s okay to not
know the full answer, & come up
with a response that is at least
A S K
Q U E S T I O N S
• You are absolutely allowed to
ask for clarification if a question
• Tech/Developer interviews
usually have a whiteboarding or
pairing session where questions
• Did You Know? - Talking
through a problem out loud
actually helps with your thought
K N O W W H E N
T O L E T I T G O
• If you’ve exhausted all
options and you really cannot
come up with a viable answer,
then be okay with saying so
• You’ll be able to feel out
when the interviewer feels as
though enough time has past.
• In this event, promise that
you’ll find the answer and
reach out via a follow up
F O L L O W U P !
• No matter what, a follow up
email should be sent after any
• But they are especially important
if you promised an answer.
• Show that you did your research
and actively worked to
understand the concept/
question that stumped you.
• Always thank your interviewer for