Ridiculous? Sure! ─ you won’t get that question in an interview, but how about some others ─ used all the time:
Tell me your greatest weaknesses.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What other companies are you interviewing with?
What are your hobbies?
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
What was your salary in your last / current job?
Some of these are simply ridiculous, others, quite frankly, none of the interviewer’s business. But let’s add to this craziness. There are many lists of these canned interview questions with canned answers that you’re supposed to memorize beforehand. So, your so-called ‘interview’ is really just a play ─ the interviewer is using their script ─ and you’re using yours.
A quick online search will yield list-after-list of Q&A to help you prepare for your part in the play. Top 10, Top 15, Top 21, Top 31,Top 46, Top 50, Top 100, just on the first page of this search!
And they all have one thing in common . . .
They don’t address the job you would be doing and how you’d add value to the company! After all, they’re there to make money (or accomplish a mission for non-profits), and the only reason they should be hiring you is because you will directly contribute to that goal.
Isn’t that what your interview should be? A meaningful conversation in which you demonstrate your previous accomplishments, your thorough understanding of this company and their challenges, and clearly show how you would help them achieve their goals (money or mission).
At The Resume Constructor we guide our clients through this process, and we discuss ways to manage your interview and steer clear of these questions. Reach out to us so we can introduce ourselves and talk about your career goals. Call us at 774-612-3104 or go online and explore our services at www.TheResumeConstructor.com