9 Tricky Interview Questions That Trip Everyone Up(How to answer them)
According to a small business report, 50 percent of companies in 2016 say that hiring is the toughest challenge they face. With 50 percent of business hiring, this means your dream job awaits. For the long-term unemployed or those workers looking for a change, getting an interview in today’s market may feel like a win in itself.
During a job interview, employers sometimes ask tricky questions to trip you up – not out of maliciousness, but to get an accurate sense of your candidacy. Interviewers know that you’ve probably practiced all of the traditional questions, so they try to stump you with trickier ones to get a better idea of your background, your communication skills, and how you’ll perform should they offer you the job.
No matter how experienced or knowledge you are, at times, these questions are bound to trip anyone up. Here are the 9 trickiest interview questions design to trip you up, with suggestions on how to answer them.
1.Can you tell us about yourself?
This sounds like an innocent and traditional question. But, it can trick you into diving too much into your personal life. Even though great interviewers use conversation to determine culture fit, you want to focus more on your educational background, career, and recent job experiences.
How to answer: Don’t tell too much about your family or hobbies. Stay on-track by sharing how you can bring value to the organization.
2.Are you the type who checks email during your vacation?
On one hand, you want to frame yourself as someone who is dedicated to their work. At the same time, employers know that employee health and wellness is a key factor to continuous success and want to make sure you’re smart about taking care of yourself even outside of the office.
How to answer:“I’m 100% dedicated to going above and beyond when it comes to fulfilling my responsibilities. I also know that it’s important to take care of myself to ensure my long-term success. I try not to work when I’m on official vacation. But, before I leave for a vacation, I always make sure all my duties are covered before signing off.
3. What’s your biggest weakness?
When employers ask this question, it’s not just about figuring out your weaknesses, but about finding out whether or not you’re aware of them, and if you’re intending to make changes.
How to answer: “Instead of saying your one flaw is that ‘you’re just too committed to excellence or ‘you’re just a perfectionist,’ dig a little deeper .For example, respond with, “I tend to want to do simple tasks first and more complex tasks later, but I know that the reverse is better for my productivity.”
4.How did you prepare for this interview?
The intention of this question is to decipher how much you really care about the job or if you’re simply going through the motions or winging it.
How to answer :the best way to answer is by saying, “I want very much this job, and of course researched for it starting with the company website.” Beyond explaining how you’ve done your homework, show it. Reveal your knowledge of the industry, company or department by asking informed questions and commenting on recent developments.
5. Tell me about your dream job.
In many cases, passion breeds productivity. Dedication leads to success. Employers want to know just how invested you’ll be in the role, or to determine how serious you are about working for this specific organization or if you’re just applying for each and every job opening.
How to answer: Keep it simple by responding with “This is the place I’d like to work.”
6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Employers don’t want to invest in hiring, training and paying an employee who’s not going to stick around, or who’s going to change career paths. Though it’s becoming more and more common for people to spend less and less time at each job they hold, you certainly don’t want to give your employer any doubts about your commitment to the role.
How to answer: While you don’t have to lie, answer this question honestly by saying that you’re looking for a job that is challenging and that you’re passionate about, along with your future goals. If you believe that this position fits those needs, then explain how the organization can help you reach those goals.
7.What are your salary requirements?
This question can make both parties feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, the interviewer may not have the power to negotiate or discuss your salary. The reason that this question is asked is because the company wants to be sure that they can afford you.
How to answer: Do your research and know what the salary is in your industry and market. After that Payscale recommends these two answers to the following questions;
- Question: What salary range are you looking for? “Let’s talk about the job requirements and expectations first, so I can get a sense of what you need
- Question: What are you expecting to make in terms of salary? “I am interested in finding a job that is a good fit for me. I’m sure whatever salary you’re paying is consistent with the rest of the market
8.Why did you leave your last job?
Don’t use this as an opportunity to speak bad for your former employer or company. That will negative impact when the interviewer contacts your references.
How to answer: Be honest. Don’t focus on the negatives comments. Instead, detail what your learned from your previous employer or how the experience helped you grow. The reason that you left, however, was that it was time to explore new opportunities or push yourself out of your comfort zone.
9.If you won the lottery, would you still work?
Admittedly, this one’s a little silly. Even so, it’s another opportunity to underscore your motivation and work ethic.
How to answer:Say that you’d be thrilled to win the lottery but would still look for meaningful work because meeting challenges and achieving make you happy. And say it with a straight face.