Your interviewer might seem nice. They might shake your hand, tell you they’ve been looking forward to meeting you and that you should relax but don’t trust them. You don’t know what nefarious tactics they have up their sleeves and every job interview has some sort of trick interview questions designed to separate the competent from everyone else.
Writing for JobMob, Amy Chambers highlights some of these dastardly lines of questioning with the sole purpose of catching you out and mugging you off in front of everyone. Well, maybe not that last past.
Most of these questions seem harmless enough on the surface but it only takes a little bit of extra reading to see that they are loaded more than a double-stuffed Oreo.
Here are five trick interview questions and how to deal with them!
1. What are your weaknesses?
A pretty standard question nowadays in interviews to test honesty and self-evaluation. The key to not slipping up is to be honest but not too keen to be deprecating. Also, don’t try to compliment yourself through the back-door by spouting nonsense about being a ‘workaholic’.
2. Why should we hire you?
Seems simple enough, in fact it pretty much distills the entire interview into one answer. This could basically be one of those trick interview questions that tests your preparation. They’re looking for answer relative to the role, not just you talking about your strengths.
3. Why did you leave your last job?
What the snare is here is the temptation to launch into a disrespectful tirade about how much you hated your past place of employment. Do not do this. This is a chance to show your determination and attitude toward your career.
4. Can you give an example of when you have become angry at a colleague?
Get behind me, Satan! It would be so easy to tear down all those annoying co-workers of your past but that would swan-diving right into a pitfall. It might seem as if your interviewer is being human with you but it’s better to come off a little too professional than make yourself look bad.
5. What would be your ideal job?
Maybe the most volatile of these trick interview questions, the key here is to be realistic but passionate. Don’t just settle for ‘this one’, show that you have career goals and are determined to achieve them.