What exactly does the interviewer mean about generalized and hypothetical answers?

My career counselor told me that a recent job interviewer sent feedback stating my answers to his questions were "generalized and hypothetical." What went wrong and should I take his comments as a helpful way to improve OR was I simply not the one he wanted? I am tired ot the rejections--its messing with my self esteem. I'm too old for this.

Asked By: Goodadvice - 2/18/2009
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By "generalized" they probably meant that the answers you gave them were not really specific, or the exact answer they were looking for. By "hypothetical" I'd say they meant that the answers were not really realistic. Like when people say, "Hypothetically speaking..." it means like, in a made up situation....what would... More
Answered By: ToBeLoved - 2/18/2009
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Interviewers will ask what you would do in a specific scenario, your response should be first person. Instead of saying, if this happens, you should... your reply should be "I once had that come up, and I handle the situation in this manner..." Give full detail, be confident in your approach to the given situation.
Answered By: ontheqt - 2/18/2009
Generalized means your answers could apply to anyone, and hypothetical suggests that you created scenarios that asked the question, "what if?" In other words, the interviewer was under the impression that you were making a lot of things up, and didn't come across as sincere. Whether this was true or not, I can't say... More
Answered By: gldjns - 2/18/2009
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