What to Do If You Don’t Understand A Question in an IT Job Interview

So you’ve put in the preparation with IT recruiters and practice for an interview for IT jobs.  But maybe there’s a question you just don’t understand.  Maybe it’s a on a technology your technical recruiters and IT staffing agencies didn’t know you’d be asked about.  Or maybe you just don’t know what kind of answer the hiring manager is looking for.  Take a deep breath and don’t worry.  You can use these tips to help yourself answer the question and avoid embarrassing yourself and your IT recruiting companies and IT staffing firms.

  1. Don’t be afraid to take a beat.  If you’re thrown off by the question, feel free to ask for a moment to think.  It’s not going to hurt you, and it may help you relax and answer the question better.
  2. Ask for a little clarification if you’re unsure what the hiring manager is asking you about or for.  They won’t mind, and they may appreciate seeing that you’re thoughtful and thorough.  These are good qualities in IT professionals.
  3. Lastly, don’t try to fake an answer.  If you don’t think you can answer the question at all, be honest.  If you do think you can start to outline how you’d get to the answer, and then do that for your interviewer.  Sometimes, just demonstrating your thought process and resourcefulness will help.

Try these tips the next time you’re asked a stumper in a job interview.  Your IT recruiting firms and IT staffing companies will appreciate it—and it might just land you the job.


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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.