Maintain composure and confidence, even when faced with a surprising question. Take a deep breath before responding.
Ensure you understand the question fully by listening attentively. Ask for clarification if necessary.
It's okay to ask for a moment to collect your thoughts. You can say, "That's an interesting question; let me think for a moment."
Relate your answer back to the job and your qualifications, even if the question seems unrelated.
Use a structured approach, such as the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method, to provide a well-organized response.
It's okay to admit if you don't know the answer. Honesty is often appreciated more than attempting to bluff your way through.
Many unexpected questions assess your ability to think on your feet. Walk the interviewer through your thought process as you answer.