You will come across some tricky interview questions when it comes time to interview for a job. It may seem as though some job interview questions are designed to put you “on the spot.” To a certain extent they are.Peculiar and indiscriminate interview questions may not seem politically correct, but there is always an interviewer ready to throw one at you, and they expect an answer as well.
Here are 10 tricky interview questions, in no particular order, that you may encounter on a job interview:
Tricky Interview Questions
1. “Why should I hire you?”
Real question: “Who are you?”
Do: Stick to how suited you are to the job.
Don’t: Go into your life story.
2. “If you won the lottery, how would you change your life?”
Real question: Are you altruistic? What is your work ethic, values?
Do: Be honest; let them know you would be elated.
Don’t: Say you would work just to have something to do, or you’d never work again.
3. “What do you think about your interview so far?”
Real question: Can you provide practical feedback? How would you do things differently without being too analytical?
Do: Be aware that your resolve is being tested. Answer calmly, and if you can throw in a bit of intelligent humor, they may even start to like you.
Don’t: Get nervous or jittery.
4. “Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Real question: How motivated are you?
Do: Speak about your individual abilities, experience and training.
Don’t: Say you don’t know, or talk about how you “tried” so hard before but now you’re ready.
5. “Tell me something negative you’ve heard about the company.”
Real question: Are you objective? Are you a factual person or a gossipmonger?
Do: Say, “you wouldn’t apply at company that you object to.” It is true isn’t it?
Don’t: Talk about rumors.
6. “How good are you at handling pressure?”
Real question: Are you going to run out on us when the going gets tough?
Do: Keep your composure and speak about the time you aced a project within short notice. Or something similar.
Don’t: Go too far back to grade or high school.
7. “Who do you think is a good role model and why.”
Real question: “How do you see yourself?”
Do: Speak about the individual’s personal characteristics and how they are similar to your own.
Don’t: Get too personal, or say “because we wear our hair alike.”
8. “Have you ever considered running your own business?”
Real question: “Can you work independently? Does someone have to constantly look over your shoulder?”
Do: Speak about how you work best in a company like the one you are applying to.
Don’t: Babble on about how you’d love to own your own business. Even if you do.
9. “How do you feel about your boss’s performance?”
Real question: “Do you take things too personally, or are you earnestly impartial.”
Do: Discuss admiring qualities like how they motivate the team, and make decisions. What if you don’t like the boss’s performance? If you want the job, you may have to “grin and bear” this question.
Don’t: Start dissing your boss, even if it’s true.
10. “What is the last book you read?”
Real question: “Are you the type of individual that can be focused and in depth?”
Do: Speak about a book that reflects your good qualities, preferably by a reputable author. If you’re interviewer has heard of them, that’s even better.
Don’t: Talk about a book you haven’t actually read.