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How to Avoid Answering a Question
Avoiding a question occurs daily, of course, you can simply refuse in some manner. That is the easiest way to defer it. But there are other ways to avoid it that require more skills obstruction. One method is to respond with another question to deflect the focus and attention. This works well during an interview if there is a question you seek to dodge. Make sure the question does pertain to the same subject matter. Another way is to respond but talking about something not really related to the what was asked, again, to deflect the focus. For instance, a question is asked you wish to avoid, your response would be compliment them and ask them about it. You can also respond to a question with a response indicating that the question itself is unclear or is faulty in being unclear. Sometimes, a short curt answer will suffice to see if there will be a follow up question. Answering a simple Yes or No, usually leaves "dead air" hanging and if the followup question is also not wanted, one can ask them a question. Employers love to always leave vague answers about job security or potentialities. They always indicate that the possibilities are endless depending on needs etc. Well, you can use the same tactic to many questions, leaving the response "open ended" by being vague or words like, "maybe", "some", "probably". If you are not sure about an answer, toss the question back like, " I'm not sure, what do you think?"
All of the tactics about answering a question can be used in the same conversation, just be creative if you really wish to avoid answering some of them.