What can you do to hit a home run on your next job interview?
With graduations upon us, it’s a natural time to start preparing for job interviews. The job market is flooded with millennial generation applicants who are vying for the same position.
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In the Kay household, our kids were naturally prepared for grilling questions thanks to our habit of asking them about their day every evening at dinner.
“What was something good about your day?”
“What did you do at school?”
“What was something bad about your day?”
They were obviously more forthcoming some days than others, but the habit made it more natural for them to talk about their experiences.
This easily translates to job interviews, where prospective employers ask both conventional and unconventional questions.
You have probably already heard about the most common questions, such as ones pertaining to your history, why you’re interested and your strengths and weaknesses.
But every now and then, you’ll get a common question disguised as an uncommon one.
Here are five disguised common interview questions:
1. “What was your best MacGyver moment?”
When an interviewer asks a question similar to this, they’re really looking for examples of your adaptability and resourcefulness.
Have you ever had any unconventional homework assignments or projects where you didn’t have common resources? This is a good time to talk about them.
2. “How many employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?”
This is a unique way to see where you stand on being a team player and if you have problem-solving skills.
Most careers have a fair amount of group projects, so interviewers want to see if you’re a lone wolf (“Just one. Me.”) or if you can work with others (“As many as it takes to do it efficiently.”)
3. “What is our receptionist’s name?”
This could also be a question about something or someone else in the building.
The interviewer is looking to see if you’re observant, paying attention and have a good memory.
Just be aware of your surroundings and you’ll be prepared for this question.
4. “If you were in the NBA, what position would you play?”
Believe it or not, you don’t have to follow sports to answer this question correctly.
The interviewer simply wants to know if you’re a leader or team player and ready to contribute immediately.
Focus on answers that show off your willingness to do anything for the team/company.
5. “If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?”
This is a good opportunity to talk about a variety of things, from your hobbies to who you value. It can be a current or past figure, but should be someone you truly admire.
This is a great way for you to relate to the interviewer and ease any tension or awkwardness.
What will you do to prepare for your next job interview?