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7 scary interview questions and how to face them

  • Published at 12:38 pm August 21st, 2016
  • Last updated at 05:02 am August 22nd, 2016
7 scary interview questions and how to face them
Hiring managers across the world, especially in transnational firms, often ask candidates things that they had never even thought about in their lives. While you fumble in your mind, thinking about how to answer that random question, the interviewers in front of you wait patiently for a smart answer, making it even harder to prepare a witty reply. Here are a list of questions that were designed to throw candidates off balance, and to challenge their ability to handle the interview pressure. What makes you happy about work on a Saturday evening? The objective of this question is pretty straightforward: understanding how you react to the prospect of working extra hours. This can be a typical case for production or supply chain jobs. All social media and digital marketing jobs will also fall under this category. Hence, you will need to prepare an honest reply, but one that does not hurt your chances of getting the job. What career advice would you give to a room full of people, aged between 15 and 45? This is a tricky question. It is safe to assume that your age is between 22 and 30, so what advice do you give to a room full of teenagers and people of various age groups? Some of them may be a decade older and more experienced than you. In this situation, you can use a useful management quote from some celebrated personality, which will make it credible. Add that you’re sharing this only because you have found it to be highly relevant. Tell me a secret, something that you wouldn’t even tell your best friend You can tell how ironic this is. You just met these people. They are not your friends. In fact, they are the ones who are judging you. They have the power to hire you or reject you. How do you tell them your deepest secrets? In such situations, it is best to make up a random story and tell that to the eager recruiters. Make sure you don’t make up any story about some illegal activity you carried out; that would cost you the job. Tell me a joke As soon as you hear this, you either get a brain freeze, or several dirty jokes in mind; the ones that you usually laugh about with your friends. No decent (interview appropriate) jokes pop up in your head. It is useful to think of one or two funny one-liners beforehand, just in case. [caption id="attachment_11631" align="aligncenter" width="2789"]Cartoon of businessman interviewing a dog who is on a leash, the businessman says his resume is impressive and asks if he has any problem relocating. Cartoon of businessman interviewing a dog who is on a leash, the businessman says his resume is impressive and asks if he has any problem relocating.[/caption] What do you hate most about your former boss? You know what the interviewer is doing as soon as you hear the question. The underlying objective of this question is to know how you talk about your former employer, and if you have respect for them. This is based on the assumption that your past is a good predictor of your future attitude. You should tread this question very carefully, and be honest. Explain the situation to the interviewer, but make sure you are not disrespecting your former employer. How would you explain your career trajectory to an eight-year-old? Explaining anything to an eight-year-old is a challenging task, let alone your career plans. But you still have to try and do it when asked in the interview. This is actually a test of how you can communicate with a person who has far less knowledge than you do. Simplify the information and tell them the gist of what you have done so far, and what you plan to do in the future. Try to include some examples, because young people are good at capturing things more easily when given vivid details. Teach me something new This is very interesting and challenging. Choose a common trick to teach. Choose something that is easy to teach or easy to learn. It can be an interesting marketing trick, or a useful programming formula that is rarely used of in this part of the world. It will depend mostly on the type of industry you work in. Article was reprinted under a special arrangement with www.grad-insights.com
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