Do you feel anxious or nervous before an interview? Well, according to a study, around 8 out of 10 people get nervous before and after entering the interview room or cabin. However, there is one simple method to deal with this nervousness and anxiety. The only key is to research and prepare you well.
If you prepare well, then only you can conquer the anxiousness within you. People who have appeared for innumerable job interviews may very well tell you how important it is to prepare before an interview.
Therefore, job seekers are always advised to prepare for the interview via searching for the possible questions or by playing a mock interview session with a friend or a relative.
Often interviewers ask weird questions to get a better understanding of the viewpoint of the candidate. There are too many ‘how-to’ questions that add to the list of questions during an interview. Therefore, as a potential employee, you need to prepare them well.
Today we will see how to construct a good answer to the question ‘how would you rate your memory?’ Following is a simple way and structure to answer this question. Thus, follow the rules, construct a strong response, and rock your interview.
Tips to Answer, “How Would You Rate Your Memory?”
Let our trail through the following steps, which will give you a better idea of how to build an efficient answer that captures your interviewer’s attention in a good way.
Well, all you need is to capture the attention and the remaining things will automatically fall into place.
Once you have the attention, your interviewer will consider you while deciding upon the recruiting decision.
1. Why do you need to prepare?
Before answering any question, the first thing that you are worked up about is what kind of questions may be asked in the interview. To be very honest, an interview is unpredictable and based on the type of interviewer you are about to encounter.
There are innumerable questions that the interviewer might shortlist; therefore, you cannot blindly prepare for anything of your choice. Instead, start preparing for the entire list of possible questions you may come across. The best way to start the question researching is by listing the possible qualities of an employee in general.
Once you have listed them, then start with listing the qualities you require in a particular job. Once you have listed the required assets and abilities, start forming questions. Not all questions can be predicted exactly; however, when you come up with answers that support your qualities then no matter what question you may be asked, you would be able to answer.
According to a poll, the question that we are discussing stands in the top 25 weird question list. Of course, you cannot predict the weirdness of the question but you sure can prepare an answer that might go with it.
2. Understand and focus on the objective of the question:
What is the first thing that might come to your mind when anybody asks you to rate your memory? Some people may question their selves about their memory. To be honest, that is the worst way of starting an interview answer (especially for this one). These types of questions are to evaluate your presence of mind and your ability to use the question to your good.
Also, this is an ideal question to understand your capability to work under pressure. If you fumble here, you may ruin your possible chance of working at your dream place. The best way to answer this question is by simply going to point #1 and combining it with #2.
For example, let us consider the mentioned objectives as our main topics and form an answer. Stop thinking deeper into the topic and simply answer something along the lines of ‘I have a good memory skill that can help me remember a few tasks and a certain amount of necessary contacts.
Moreover, it also helped me handle multiple tasking in my former job.’ If you did not have a former job then you might say that it helped you in your college assignments or whatsoever. If possible, try to add an example to support your answer.
Now that we have understood the two main aspects of this question and interview in general, let us learn how should you ideally construct a perfect answer. This simple logic might make it easier for you to form a perfect answer. This one logic will give you the insight to form better answers to any question.
How Should You Ideally Construct Your Answer?
People generally can mention two types of memory i.e. Visual photographic memory and Auditory Eidetic Memory to support their answer in the interview. Visual photographic memory refers to the memory through remembering a picture. Also, Auditory Eidetic memory refers to memory through listening.
Imagine having both these memories at its best and walking in an interview after surfing every possible question and answer online. Well, let us get back to constructing an ideal answer. Generally, employees require remembering a certain amount of important dates, or information about clients, meeting timings, commotion lists, etc.
1. Begin by evaluating:
Memory is the core or central concern of the employer as well as the interviewer. Just imagine an employee who meets a client, fixes a deal and forget the name of the client just after leaving the premises.
What a blunder! To avoid blunder as such employers wish for an employee who can certainly remember the minute day-to-day detail. Therefore, evaluate yourself for the example of such skills in yourself.
If you are applying for a corporate job or something that requires you on the front desk, then remembering as well as multi-tasking is very important.
Tip: The most advisable tip is that you should never plainly state a number or give yourself a numerical score to portray your memory skill.
Interviewers these days are smarter enough to come up with a question, which might throw you off guard if you go around with a numerical scale.
What would you do if they ask you about the color of the nameplate outside the cabin? Imagine that you gave yourself 8.5 out of 10 but you fail to provide a correct answer to this question. Try to think realistically. Do not underestimate your interviewer.
2. Analytical skills are the most vital assets:
Analytical skills along with the ability to organize are the second important thing in the list. Having a sharp memory that helps you remember most of the things does not hold any importance as long as you do not use that memory skill in organizing the given task well.
Imagine if you are a person with good remembering skills and thus, you were given certain client names and their contact numbers to have a conversation and note down the details. Well, you do what you were asked; however, even after having good memory skills you leave the list of paper all around your desk. A messy desk is a hard place to search for a single sheet of paper. Therefore organizing your work according to the need with the help of memory is the second aspect.
Tip: Make sure to focus on how you have implemented the above-mentioned skill. Well, at one point we all have organized our assignments and notes for the college exams or at some other place.
If you are a homemaker turning into a part time or full-time worker, then you can also add the memory and organizing skills of your household along with how you would implement the same in the workplace.
Do not emphasize on the household more. Your area of focus should be the skill and not the place (as long as you stick in the workplace).
3. Organizing requires the ability to prioritize (typically based on the deadline or the project nature):
The ability to prioritize any work is indeed a requirement when it comes to an employee. As part of a firm, you are acquainted with a variety of things or projects daily. Information regarding any event or probably any meeting with clients is important. Everything has its timing depending upon the priority and the situation.
Maintaining a daily list of tasks is a part of the job. If an employee is assigned 3 assignments at one time, each having different deadlines, it is the sole duty of the employee to remember the deadlines of the assignments and organize them accordingly. However, to organize, he first will need to learn to prioritize the project schedule depending upon the deadline.
Tip: While answering about the priority you may also add the times when you were responsible for a certain task or a few projects that required you to organize and maintain the commotion list. You can also add your college assignments as long as they are some important series that needed to be submitted depending upon the deadline.
4. Example through a demonstration:
Examples are the best way to explain or clarify anything. Similarly, once you have evaluated the question and analyzed your assets, organize your answer depending upon the priority of the job that you have applied. Point out directly at the specific period when your memory skills help you in being positively productive in the workplace. You need to have a vivid skill of defining and putting forth the event well.
Having an excellent memory is another reason because of which our education system has involved subjects that needs you to memorize concepts. Through these techniques, they evaluate the memory skills.
Back in school days, people who were good at writing answers by themselves faced many difficulties in memorizing the entire concept. However, it is during this kind of interview that you realize how important it is to develop memory skills. Let us see how to improve memory power.
How to Improve your Memory Power:
We often encounter people who have mastered the art of memorizing typical details of life. Our memory may be photographic or auditory; however, we can always enhance the power or the intensity of the skill. Memory power is similar to art, which can be mastered or at least tackled over a certain period.
However, there are some people out there, struggling with the memory power and tolling with their abilities. All you need is to improve your memory power and enjoy the fruits of life. Now, how would you do that? Following advice might help you to gain what you desire.
1. Exercise as much as you can:
Exercising does not simply benefit the body but also the mind in the longer run. When you exercise daily, your heart and the arteries stay clean and work properly. Once you stop exercising and start consuming many calories then gradually it might block the oxygen supply to your brain. Therefore, exercise more to improve your memory skills. If possible, at least walk for 20 minutes daily.
2. Nothing works better than a soothing sleep:
Many people these days have complained of insomnia. Typically, an average person with insomnia sleeps for 3-4 hours in a 24-hr day. However, it is important to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep for an average person to have a healthy brain and a high concentration level. Our brain firmly grasps onto our memory while we are in a relaxed mode. Therefore, lack of sleep may affect the memory power.
3. Repeat and/or imagine:
This is the best way to remember things well. Whenever you are told anything, try to repeat it a few more times with a little bit of imagination depending upon the nature of the said thing.
Whenever you apply for an interview, you would always accompany a pool of candidates in your way. Most of the lot might make you conscious about your chance. Therefore, do not start stammering the second, your interviewer shoots a question at you. Instead, take the opportunity to convince your interviewer about your ability. Prove yourself a valuable potential asset of the organization with a simple answer.