Caregory:  Job Interview

Added on:  8/16/2013 11:05:00 AM

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Mind Going Blank

Any suggestions for how to deal with a situation where your mind goes completely blank during an interview?  Is all lost, or can things be salvaged?

janica Replied on 1/18/2017 at 5:09 AM

We've all been there – in an interview, in a meeting, even when your son ... Normally it is “just one of those things”, but in an interview, when the pressure ... So, if your mind ever does go blank, here are the 5 Cs of how to handle it. ... oxygen to the brain) and tell yourself that this situation is perfectly normal.


Parag Replied on 11/10/2016 at 5:04 AM

Take a deep breath and try to understand the question.


Riya Replied on 5/19/2016 at 4:56 AM

Take a deep breath and restart again.


Riya Replied on 5/11/2016 at 5:28 AM

If you take yourself back to a time when you have a brain freeze and replay in slow motion, you will notice the following You were asked a question that you cannot answer at that moment, whether it's due to not knowing the answer, forgetting the answer, or simply caught off guardYou spend time trying to think, but found nothing there, so you think harder, only to watch the clock ticking awayThe more time elapsed, the more nervous you get, and the more nervous you get, the more frozen your brain get, which took more time off the clock, which makes you even more nervous, and the cycle continues


Riya Replied on 3/29/2016 at 4:29 AM

Get some tea.Take a walk.Take a shower.Play games.Read.Watch a movie.Chat with a friend about absolutely nothing.Poke about on reddit.Drink a cup of tea whilst showering on a walk with a book held up by some sort of rig that lets me read and turn pages by itself so's I don't have to touch it and get it wet.Poke about on Quora.


Riya Replied on 12/30/2015 at 6:00 AM

It may not rank up there with public speaking as people’s number one fear, but losing your train of thought in a job interview can be a terrifying experience. As well as feeling embarrassed, it can also seriously dent your chances of securing the role.By recognising that this could happen and having a simple but effective means of dealing with it, you will feel much more confident during the interview. Handling the situation with assurance can even boost your chances.Like most pieces of good advice, it’s quite simple. If you have prepared well – researched the company, memorised your CV, jotted down some competency-based examples – but suffer from a sudden bout of amnesia, then follow these simple steps:Remain calm (this is the hardest bit)Take time to collect your thoughts. This is perfectly acceptableIf your mind is still frozen, simply ask if you can come back to this question at the end. The interviewer is unlikely to refuseTake a note of the question (mentally or on paper)


Riya Replied on 12/18/2015 at 5:26 AM

Fortunately, it does not happen too often but, when it does, it is mighty embarrassing. We have all experienced it: Our minds go blank. Zap! We stand there thinking duh. Just like that, our minds are completely void and we could not utter a coherence response if our life depended on it. Assuming that we do not have rapid onset dementia, there must be another reason for this sudden evisceration of brain cells and thought processes that were functioning quite nicely just a few minutes before. One of those reasons is just the natural aging process.


Riya Replied on 12/3/2015 at 5:32 AM

Be the solution, Be specific, Prepare sound bites, Be positive.


Riya Replied on 11/18/2015 at 4:53 AM

Simply say you don't the answer of this question.


aniket Replied on 4/3/2015 at 8:19 AM

If you have experienced it only once, then there is no need to panic as it is fairly normal. But more than once should make you take a closer look.


aniket Replied on 2/3/2015 at 12:51 PM

Counselling, and mock interviews would definitely help you in getting rid of this moment of panick.

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