So, you need to get a new job. Of course, this comes with a job interview. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of anxiety that pops up in the world of job interviews. A lot of times, these anxieties can be founded in reality. There are interview questions that are, by nature, designed to trip you up. Let’s take a look at some of those and some strategies to overcome them:
1. Ethical Questions
Questions about morality and ethics are always difficult to answer, particularly framed within a workplace setting. Attempt to diffuse the ethical quandary. Always frame yourself as someone who remains calm in difficult situations and attempt to find some sort of compromise in the ethical area.
2. What is your biggest weakness?
The first thing to do is not frame this as a sort of hidden strength. Be honest. Tell them your workplace weaknesses. Don’t draw the answer out or explain it too much. Explain some things that you’ve done in the past and that you can do at this job to help reduce the strain that these negative traits can cause. The important thing is to not overemphasize the strategies that you use to cope with these weaknesses nor to drag on the discussion of the weakness for too long. Try to keep this answer as short as you possibly can.
3. Why do you want to work here?
Let’s be honest. You want to work here to get money. Let them know that you need money and that that is one reason you want to work there. But frame it with some things that you legitimately believe that the company does effectively and perhaps some things that you like. You might believe that you’d have fun working there. Mention that. Perhaps you’ve heard some secondhand knowledge from people who have worked there or currently work there. Utilize that knowledge.
4. Discussions of pay.
So these are hard. As a general rule, start your immediate offer higher than what you actually want. Negotiate with the employer but do not turn it into a battle. Look up some things about the usual pay of an employee here and try to get a little higher than the average if you can. If you can’t, settle for the average. But, if the employer goes below the average, respectfully inquire as to why. Be respectful and honest.