The following job interview questions bug almost every candidate yet recruiters love asking them! Many of these questions are so dull and tedious that candidates avoid them when practicing for their interview. But these are the questions that almost always make an appearance in the actual job interview and most applicants answer them spontaneously and often don’t notice how honest they are in doing so. And this is probably the exact reason why these questions are firm favourites of many HR bosses.
With a lot of job interview questions, it is often not the question that is important but rather the answer and the candidate’s ability to formulate an argument. Anyone who reacts to a boring interview question with visible disinterest will make a poor impression on the selection committee. Rambling on and giving an exaggerated answer to a dull question will appear cocky and inauthentic. If you don’t have a good answer prepared in advance, you might find yourself stuttering or making statements you didn’t want to make. The good thing about boring and annoying interview questions, however, is that if you do give an original and authentic answer, you’ll be a step ahead of the crowd.
10 expressions and attitudes to avoid during a job interview
You can bring out your dark side with friends and ex-colleagues because they know the real you and they’ve seen you at your best. But first impressions count and during a job interview, they are even decisive. We’ve come up with a list of the 10 worst messages you can give during a job interview!
1- What’s this about? Have you really not had time to research the company you want to be part of, and not to mention, dedicate most of your productive time to? Not knowing if the company sells apples or designs planes is only going to reveal your lack of interest. Yes, yes, that’s called lack of interest.
2- I just want a job. What you’re really saying is: “Hi, I’m desperate to get a job and I don’t care what I have to do. In fact, I haven’t even assessed whether I’m suitable for the role or thought about the responsibilities involved. Just contract me and we’ll figure it out later.” It may be true, but telling the world will not help in making a good impression – because that just makes us seem like jellyfish floating along on the tide.
These aren’t like the usual tests you’ll find on the internet. You know the one’s I’m talking about; What kind of pizza are you? Who is your 90’s diva? Which Disney character is your alter-ego?
The tests I’m talking about are the psychological or personality tests recruiters are using to hire! They’ve been around for decades but as each year passes, personality tests are becoming more accurate, cheaper, and thus, more frequently used by companies.
If you’ve never had a phone interview in the past, get ready, because they’re in full force and they’re heading your way. Phone interviews have become the new way to screen applicants before an in-person interview. They’re becoming more and more popular as the job market becomes global, and considering the time and money saved by making a mere phone call to a candidate, phone interviews are the way to go.
Though you may think phone interviews are informal and a little more relaxed, think again. The phone interviewer is probably your first human contact with the recruiter, you’ll want to be prepared and make the very best first impression.
We say it all without saying a word. This sentence, although it oozes mass romanticism, contains scientifically proven truths. According to research by psychologist Albert Mehrabian on factors involved in persuasion, 55% of the effectiveness of speech lies in body language, followed, at some distance, by tone of voice (38%) and lastly, by the words used (7%). Knowing this fact, we cannot allow ourselves to be negligent of our appearance, posture and gestures because others are obviously not!
Not long ago, we spoke about the importance of preparing first impressions at a job interview: we only need 7 seconds to build an opinion of another person. During a first meeting, our body language takes on the main role. Did you know that we can produce almost a million signs, over 200,000 facial expressions, almost 1,000 different postures and 5,000 different gestures? Heads up! We must be careful with cultural differences; the same gesture or expression may differ from country to country, understanding your cultural surrounding is essential. Your intuition is your best aid in adjusting or enhancing your body language in these situations.