Prepare to be questioned
3/5/2013 9:17:00 AM
Job interviews used to be pretty basic. The interviewer would look at your resume, ask you about your strengths and weaknesses, then want to know when you can start. Well, maybe not quite THAT basic, but still - you could pretty well prepare in advance and feel confident you'd be able to handle the questions that came your way.
Nowadays, some interviewers are getting subtly psychological with the interview process, throwing curveball questions that have no right or wrong answer. Theoretically this process gives them a chance to evaluate how you might handle a difficult, unexpected situation. In reality, I'm not sure that asking someone, 'What state in the U.S. would you get rid of?", will accomplish anything more than getting you to reveal a location where you might have had a bad vacation!
But, if they're asking, we have to be prepared to answer, whether the questions make sense to us or not.
Here are some other unusual interview questions that have been documented, along with some ways to respond without talking yourself down the rabbit hole!
These are the top five Most Common job interview questions you'll face:
1. What are your strengths?
2. What are your weaknesses?
3. Why are you interested in working here?
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
And here are the other 45 Most Common interview questions, along with tips on how to knock your interview out of the ballpark.
By the way ... the tips come from Forbes - and they ought to know!!