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LEADERSHIP 2/27/2015 @ 1:02下午 23,581 views Smart Answers To Ten Stupid Interview Questions
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If you have been job-hunting lately, you’ve probably heard many or most of these ten ridiculous job interview questions. They are silly and pointless for reasons I’ll describe in a moment, but you still have to answer them!
Here are non-traditional answers to ten common job-interview questions. Your answers will make the job-interviewer think, something he or she may not have done a lot of lately.
When HR folks, hiring managers and recruiters stop and think, their brains turn on. They have to get off the standard interview script. That’s good for them – and for you! You will make an impression. Sadly, that is one thing most job-seekers forget to do. They sit in the chair like a good little Sheepie Job Seeker and they make no impression at all. A day later the interviewer may well have forgotten the interview entirely!
Shake up your next job interview with your own version of one of our non-traditional answers to the silly interview questions below.
Stupid Interview Question One: What’s your greatest weakness?
Why is this a stupid question? It’s insulting, for starters. Why would anyone assume you have weaknesses – and if you do have some things you’re working on, why would they be a stranger’s business? The interviewer is not going to tell you his or her deepest darkest concerns and shortcomings.
You’re an interviewer. You’re not my therapist or my minister!
How to Answer: You can have a little fun and say “Chocolate!” or you can say “I used to stress and worry about my weaknesses, but over time I realized that I should focus on my strengths, like technical writing and instructional design.”