When your boss, supervisor or professor askes you a question that requires a detailed response, it can be intimidating even if you know the answer. If you get spooked and jump right in to answer it in a rush, you have already lost control of the narrative. So what do you do?
The answer is simple, really. Look them in the eyes and acknowledge the question by either nodding/saying ''okay''. Take a deep breath and then start answering. You are not being evaluated on how fast you start responding, this is not a rapid-fire buzzer round. Authority figures want to see your control over the situation and your quality of response.
When you take your time to answer, you are simply acknowledging the fact that it takes more than a pointed question to destabilise you. Now THAT is a quality people are looking for.
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