If you're hit with a Killer Interview Question as part of a job interview, the temptation is to clam up in order to stop making an idiot of yourself. What may be more productive in terms of securing a new job is to keep talking out loud.
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That's the theory of Big Interview cofounder Pamela Skillings, who notes that curly interview questions are all too often not a case of sorting out exactly how many jelly beans can fit into a 747 or what you actually think of Hitler but instead a matter of showing off your problem resolution skills.
As such, talking your way through the problem, even if it momentarily throws you is the ideal way to demonstrate your skills on the spot. As Skillings puts it,
"The key is to show that you can approach a problem logically, ask the right questions, consider all of the key factors, make reasonable estimates and calculations, and arrive at an answer that makes sense. That’s why it’s important for you to think out loud when you answer."
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