We could give appropriate responses during job interviews by understanding the true nature of the questions given. Inevitably, we get questions that directly related to our weaknesses. Although few of us are so self-destructive to clearly admit that in the interview, the hiring staff also doesn’t like it if we don’t yield straightforward responses. Hence, we could start a never-ending cycle of trying to unearth hidden information from interviewees.
Hiring staff has a legitimate right and need to accurately screen candidates for specific actual abilities and behavioral abilities to determine possible job performance. On the other hand, candidates have the need to present themselves in favorable light, but they must still be within bounds of honesty. Even within this boundary, still lay myriad of possible questions and responses. It’s no wonder that among popular web searches in this topic is about how to properly answer questions in job interviews. Over time, experts have come up with multiple fruitful ways to answer those run of the mill questions that relate to our expected salary, strengths/weaknesses and things about ourselves. There are also questions on how we should deal with a specific situation or things we did in previous events.
Interviewers know that they can’t just asking us straightforward questions like how trustworthy or reliable are we. They simply take snapshot of our professional lives and try to get a clearer picture about us. What we could do is to better prepare our professional self or also known as our professional brand. Beyond that, it may be impossible to memorize or prepare ourselves to any legitimate questions in any interview process. However, it is more likely that we have a successful interview session by stepping back and taking perspective about our experience and provide employers with legitimate information. This way, we could more effectively address any hidden meaning in each question.
1- “Do you follow rules?” or “Are you ethical?”: Naturally, people will respond these questions in the affirmative and some could a bit more indignant that the interviewer actually raise such a question. Interviewers could also ask differently to detect slightest hint of dishonesty. As an example, they may ask us what we would do when the time runs out and we haven’t fulfilled an important quota, but we know that we would significantly exceed the objective in the next time period. Would we report reports the figures as they are or we just report the total number for both periods? They would ask whether such a practice is ethical and whether it would save us from embarrassment. Probably, a good answer to this question is by reporting the figures as they are and with a note describing why we miss the target and how we will exceed the target in the next time period.
2- “Will we bad-mouth a superior or the company when things don’t work out well?”: Interviewers could also ask differently, such as asking when we felt disappointed in a boss or co-worker in previous companies. In this case, we shouldn’t put ourselves into a position of judging our former employers, even if we had experienced discrimination, horrible work experience or simply a boss from hell. Just because a question seems to relate to our bad experiences, we should spill our guts. We should remember that the present and future are too precious to be contaminated by negative feeling caused by bad experience in the past.
Interviewers would know it’s a lie if we say that we never had bad experiences in previous employments. Job seekers should focus more on the future and learn from any experience, positive or negative. So, we can use this as an insight for future success. This allows us to discern the real meaning that lies behind each question, so we are able to respond much more effectively. Once we do this, we are on our way to achieve interview success through positive interaction.