There are many reasons for silence in the viva:
- A moment while a broadband router buffers in the background.
- Time while a page is consulted or a note made.
- Processing time while someone thinks through the implications of a comment.
- Thinking time in a candidate’s mind while they prepare a response.
The latter might feel unnerving, but none of these could feel particularly comfortable. Silence invites speculation. Knowing possible reasons doesn’t dissolve fears, it simple gives you something else to wonder about.
Rehearsals help. A mock viva won’t be a way to learn your lines like a play, but can give you the confidence to be in that space. Silence is just silence. The reasons don’t matter in a way. The silence is the space between the discussion. You have to wait for it to pass, or use it to help you think.
Practise and get comfortable with the little moments of quiet that you’re sure to find in your viva.