Stupid Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them
Often out of 300 applicants only 6 candidates will be interviewed. In most interviews, but this varies depending on the job sector and employer, you will be asked around 10 questions during a 45 minute interview.
The key to passing job interviews in preparation and practice, this sounds obvious but is often overlooked with the average interviewee spending around only 60 minutes preparing for their job interview.
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- Job Interview Question 1: Tell me about yourslef?
This job interview question is asked to put you at ease, but also to uncover a little about your experience, values and skill set. Answer this simple job interview question by relating only to employment facts rather then discussing your hobbies and interest. First give an overview of your employment history and follow this with 3 key “selling” points.
- Job Interview Question 2:What don’t you like about your job?
Take a simple negative and then reframe this as a positive. An example is “Having work assigned to me last minute because someone else cant complete the task isn’t the best (negative) but what I do to meet the deadline is…A, B C (positive)” Rather then the employer focusing on your negative they now hear and focus on your solutions, this is a great way to reframe any type of negative interview question.
- Job Interview Question 3: What is your worse career experience?
Start with a positive “I was tempted to say, when I’m given a tough challenge, but I actually enjoy challenges….” This starts the question off with a big positive “….so, I would say when we transferred to a new data system. We were all so use to the old system that the new system was seen as a problem which affected the amount of work we could deliver in a day. To overcome this I asked if I could take the test system home to play with, over the weekend I figured out how to use the system to by advantage which actually increased my work flow.” Pick a barrier and explain how you found the solution, now we have a positive structure – positive, barrier, positive.
- Job Interview Question 4: Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Recruitment is highly expensive and many career professionals job hop. This is question is designed to catch people out. If the employer believes that you will jump ship in a year or two, you will unlikely be offered a position. Instead answer this question in such a way that the employer believes that you would stay. You can achieve this in two ways. First by explaining how this career is the career you have always wanted, and how the career meets all of your employment criteria, you love this job so much that if you were employed in another sector, you would most likely volunteer in a similar role (don’t get to carried away!!). Or two, you can discuss how you have always wanted to work for their company. The reputation of the business is so good, that you have even turned down a higher paid position to work here.
- Job Interview Question 5: What makes you stand out?
Your competition will have the same experience and qualifications. This question is about your unique selling point. Describe a skill that you possess that others won’t. What knowledge will increase profit, what strengths is invaluable,…why should they employ you? You need to answer this question with an answer that makes you really stand out from the crowd – think what is my unique selling point?
- Job Interview Question 6: What is your favourites colour?
This question is asked more then people think (normally by emotionally driven employers) Colours have unconscious meanings; red = danger and blue = calmness. In the workplace think about the emotional environment and use a colour that describes the ergonomics of the workforce. In the finance sector you may say “green as this is the colour of money and profit” in the customer service sector you may answer with “yellow as this is the colour of a warmth and friendliness”
- Job Interview Question 7: If you were going to be stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take with you?
Questions of this type are designed to luck at your logic. Rather then simply list 3 items water, shelter and fire. Explain the logic behind each item. “To survive you need water, food, fire and shelter. with out water you die within 3 days, without food you die in 2 weeks, which shows that water is more important then food…”
- Job Interview Question 8: How many gas stations are there in the USA?
This is a maths and logic based interview question. With these questions the accuracy of the answer is not important, what you need to consider is your reaction to the question, the speed of your answer and the logic you use to come to a conclusion. An example would be to say “To answer this question accurately, I would first check with the tax department how many registered gas stations are in operation…” or “on average there are X amount of gas stations in a 50 mile square radius, the USA is X miles square radius….”
- Job Interview Question 9: If you were an animal what animal would you be?
There are lots of variations of this question. The employers wants to work our your personality preference and strengths from the metaphor you give. First think about the potential workplace, is this a team environment (pack animal) do you need to a good memory (elephant) is the employer looking for a fun employee (monkey) or someone who can blend in (chameleon) or someone loyal (tortoise – explain how you will stay with the company for many of year) It doesn’t matter which animal you pick as long as you the reason given meets the strengths/traits required by the employer. It is also good to name an particular animal with a unique talent such as a crow. “I would consider myself to be a crow, crows are very intelligent and have leant to drop pebbles into bottles of water to raise the water level in the bottle to a height that they can drink out off”
- Job Interview Question 10: Do you have any questions for me?
Good interview questions to ask interviewers at the end of the job interview include questions on the company growth or expansion, questions on personal development and training and questions on company values, staff retention and company achievements.
Many people are afraid of job interviews. The truth is if you prepare for your job interview, by predicting the job interview questions, you can easily prepare your job interview answers. If your job interview answers highlight your unique selling point, are stated in the positive and are said in a confident manner, then you can influence the job interview to increase job offer.
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