:shock: Just went through a phone interview today, and I came across an issue that I'm probably going to have again and again. I had an interviewer (Partner in a consulting firm) ask a fairly technical question, I now I realize that he was looking for a very specific answer.
I walked through my answer the first time in a generic way, describing processes and tools that I would use to perform a specific function. He then rephrased the question and I tried again. I was trying desperately to get what he was after, but didn't have any luck. I even asked him to clarify a couple of his points. Tried a 3rd time, and I still don't think that I was using the words that he wanted to hear.
I've conducted interviews before with a co-interviewer who tried to be this specific. He told me afterwards that he was just looking for the guy being interviewed to say 'X'. My issue was that there could have been many ways of saying a particular thing and still end up in the same place.
I really don't need to discuss the positives and negatives about asking very specific questions. My question is: how do I answer them when I don't have the answer? The first time asked I am assuming that I have the answer. The second time, I now have the feeling that the interviewer is looking for something specific and I don't know if I have the right words that will satisfy them. If we go round and round, I'm worried that it's all that will be taken out of the interview, so I don't want to get stuck.