How not to answer tricky interview questions

22 June 2012 at 12:47AM Leave a comment

Interviewer: Tell me about a time when you didn’t get on with your colleagues.
Interviewee: Time? How long have you got? I’ve got plenty of stories where that’s concerned.

Over on RecruitingBlogs.com, Alasdair Murray shared a post about “20 tricky interview questions…and how NOT to answer them!” His point is to showcase the flip answers that some people give during an interview.

Interviewer: Are you prepared to relocate?
Interviewee: Certainly. Where would you like me to sit?

While some of Murray’s examples are over the top, anyone who’s been in recruiting for any length of time has heard at least one of these. Murray’s insight is good, and his examples are stellar.  Check it out!

Interviewer: How do you cope with change?
Interviewee: I put it in a piggy bank and buy myself something nice with it at Christmas

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