Katharine Hepburn once famously quoted, “Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.”
It is no secret that many people hate job hunting. The entire process is tedious and consists of one of the most annoying experiences someone can go through – the interview.
The job interview is a criterion where the company evaluates and decides a candidate’s eligibility and competency towards a particular vacancy. (And obviously, it cannot be skipped).
The main reason why individuals hate the interview process is because of the questions that interviewer/s asks at times.
Here is a list of several frustrating (yet mandatory on the part of recruiters) job interview questions that you would otherwise prefer not answering –
“Tell me something about yourself”
This is usually the first question they ask you and it just makes you want to cower down the desk and never come back up again. An open-ended question, it is something that would normally have you look back in time to find the answer. Unfortunately, the interviewer cannot give you three decades to answer that question.
“Why did you quit your current job?”
“More money”, is usually our thought, but we have to sugar-coat your answer with reasons like better career opportunity or willing to work with an established brand.
“Why do you want to work here?”
“Umm… I need a job”, is your psychological reaction when you are unemployed. But again, since your interviewer cannot read your mind and the answer would not justify the purpose of you attending the interview, you cook up career-related answer.
“Where do you see yourself five years from now?”
If you mean in the mirror then maybe a few lines staring back at me. As long as career goes, you cannot tell what will happen in the next five minutes, leave alone answering something five years down the line.
“How much do you see yourself earning in the next five years?”
Beware. This is a trick question. You set the benchmark too low and the interviewer will think you undermine yourself; set the bar too high and they will perceive you as thinking too high of yourself.
“Do you have personal transportation?”
No. I have been raised in one of your office closets, by a coven of witches that you have never seen. On a serious note though, I have legs and manage transportation really well.
“What are your weaknesses?”
Hire me. You will know it firsthand.
“Why did you quit your last job?”
Remember. It is never a good answer to negative about your previous employer. If you were laid off or fired, do not mention that either. A downsizing reason can always work in your favour.
“What is your expected salary?”
Are you willing to give me one lakh rupees per month even though I do not have much experience with the profile? I’ll take that.