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Ten Tricky Job Interview Questions to Watch Out For
No matter who you are, in order to land your dream job, you’ll have to undergo a job interview. To guarantee you get hired, author Joyce Lain Kennedy advises that you take some time to prepare for these ten tricky questions.
Hoboken, NJ —With an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, there are a lot of job seekers out there, and they all come from very different walks of life. There are experienced workers who’ve just been laid off from the job they’ve had for 25 years. There are college grads seeking their first “real” job. There are still-employed workers seeking greener pastures. There are white collar workers and blue collar workers. There are folks seeking professional and managerial positions and those seeking less traditional opportunities.
But despite all these differences and despite the drastic changes the job market has undergone over the past few years, the way these potential employees will get hired hasn’t changed much at all. It still starts with the dreaded job interview, says Joyce Lain Kennedy.
“Job interviews are still those crucial meetings that seal the deal on who gets hired and who gets left on the outside looking in,” says Kennedy, author of the award-winning book Job Interviews For Dummies®, 4th Edition (Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-1181-1290-8, $17.99). (Earlier editions of Job Interviews For Dummies® won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Career Book given by the Independent Book Publishers Association.) “And with any good job interview come questions that always seem to trip us up.”
So, you ask, what’s the best job interview response to all questions?
“It’s the one that adds up to ‘Hire me!’” says Kennedy. “But recruiters report that high numbers of job seekers blab negative information without realizing they’re making a farewell address to a job opportunity. Hang in there! With the proper preparation, you can begin to give slam-dunk answers to any interview question.”
Following are ten primetime tricky probes and advice on how you should answer them to land your dream job:
Why have you been out of work so long? How many others were laid off? Why you? This quizzing could cause