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Really dumb and stupid interview questions

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The objective of a job interview is to try understand the skill sets and work style of the applicant, however interviewers often struggle to ask the correct questions. It is very difficult for an interviewer to an individual’s future job performance in the limited time of a job interview.

It is the mission of the the hiring manager to ascertain the job candidate’s talents and skills, but more often than not, the hiring manager does not have the experience to conduct a job interview or know what to ask. There are some interviewers who are very skilled and well trained and ask the right questions. However, the vast majority of interviewers are no skilled and tend to ask very stupid questions.

HR managers and small business owners usually ask the right questions. But sometimes, interviewers try too hard and get creative and ask off-beat, sometimes offending and illegal questions.

There are negative questions which are in fact trap questions. If you answer these then are digging your into a deep hole. Then there are basically dumb and stupid questions. For negative questions, you should try telling a story about a challenge you faced at a previous job and explain you overcame it. For stupid questions, you should just say that you do not have an immediate answer.

Here are some of those questions:

  • What don’t you about work?
  • What is it about that you dread?
  • Is there there anyone else you would recommend for this job position?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • Describe your sex life?
  • Do you have any drawbacks? if yes, describe them.
  • How much do you want to earn?
  • Describe a period in your career that you felt was tough?
  • If you had the chance to invite any historical figure to dinner, who would it be?
  • What was your first love?
  • What do you typically dream about?
  • Do you think size really matters?
  • How does your partner or family feel about you working long hours?
  • What is your race?
  • Are you planning on having children and starting a family?
  • Are you planning on getting married?
  • Are you expecting?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What is the color of success?

Many of the questions asked in job interviews are not actually helpful in predicting how well an individual will perform in a job. Instead of finding the best candidate for the job, they end up finding individuals who are good at selling themselves in job interviews.

Interview success and how to land a dream job

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It is critical when interviewing for a job that you make sure the hiring manager knows you have the skills for the job position and that you will be a good fit for the company. It is also important to convey your enthusiasm and excitement about the new job.

Here is some advise and tips on how to prepare for your next job interview and ace your job interview.

Make sure to show your passion for the new job – When interviewing for a new job be sure to express your excitement and enthusiasm for the new job and company. Before entering the interview, do your research about the company and job role and duties.

Make it clear how you can be a benefit to the employer and company – On your job interview explain how your previous work experience and skills can benefit the company and make a contribution to the company.

Offer clear and concise answers –  be sure to answer all questions properly, in  clear way and avoid any waffle.

Prepare specific stories to convey your accomplishments – Before going to the interview, prepare and think about past challenges you have faced in life and how faced up to these incidents and succeeded in overcoming them.

Dress for the interview – We already know dressing well makes a difference. Wear something that represents your culture or background.

Practice answering questions before going to interview – before you go to any interview, makes sure to do your research about the most common questions employers ask in job interviews and practice your responses to these questions.

Be aware of your body language – It is not all about how you answer your interviewers questions but also your body language. Sit upright and maintain direct eye contact.

Do your homework and research the company you going to interview  – Make sure you do some research and find out about the company and industry before you go to your interview.

Be sure to convey how much you want the job – Be counties of your body language and look the interviewer straight in the eye and tell him or her that you want to work for them and explain why you feel this way.

Don’t forget your manners – Be sure to convey your interest in the job. Thank your interviewer for their time and take a business card to follow-up after the interview.

Never be late – Make sure you arrive to your interview at least 5 – 10 minutes early.

Take a notebook with you – Ask your interviewer if he or she minds if you take notes and use your notebook to write questions you wish to ask your interviewer.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – During your interview ask how you compare to the ideal candidate and never be afraid to ask questions about the job, what is expected of you if you get the job, or about the company.

Always follow-up after your interview – Following your interview, don’t be afraid to write a thank you letter and detail any questions that wish to ask that could ask during the interview.

Prepare, practice and perform, will help you to succeed in any interview and land that dream job.

Interview Questions To Ask Your Future Boss

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Any good employer will ask a prospective employee on a job interview if they have anything to ask. If you go to a job interview and don’t get a chance to ask any questions, then don’t even think about taking the job.

Any good company will ask you if you have any questions about the job and it is critical you are ready for this question. For example, you can ask about issues concerning the employee benefit programs or if the company promotes continuing education and assist employees with student financial aid. Remember these types question are more for the HR department and not the job interviewer aka your possible next boss. Rather ask question directly related to job itself, like the responsibilities and issues you are likely to face.

You cannot prepare any questions prior to any interview. Your questions will come from the interview itself. Listen to the hiring manager talk about the job and think of questions to ask. When you get into a conversation and ask questions about the purpose and structure of the job some good things will occur.

For one, you will learn a lot by asking those ‘pain’ type questions rather than sitting there and answering question after question. Also, the hiring manager will have a lot more respect for you and learn more about you. You will probably be hired given that you had the guts to ask the tough questions and try find out about what is not working.

If the hiring manager is not interested in hearing your questions or allow you to ask questions about the job, rather just get up, excuse yourself and leave the interview. If they are not interested in your opinion during the job interview, then how can you expect the company to care about you or your opinions when you are employed on a contract. Leaving an interview is also a very empowering experience to remember and will prove to yourself that you leave at any moment. Remember its your time.

It is very difficult to prepare questions beforehand. Most questions will happen organically but there are some questions that might want to ask and have answered. You might not get the time to ask all your questions, so write down the most important questions before you enter the job interview.

Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Who are the internal and external clients of the person in the job positions, and what do they expect from the person in the job position.
  • Your best questions will emerge organically from the conversation, but you may want to get the answers to some of the questions on our list, also. You probably won’t have time to ask all of them, so pick your favorites and jot them on your notepad before you leave home to go to the job interview.
  • Which items would you expect to see handled and behind you three months from now, after this new person starts — such that you’d be deliriously happy you hired him or her?
  • How do you evaluate  a person performance? What are the important milestones and yardsticks you use.
  • Ask about the composition of the team you will be working in and how the particular role fits into the team and department.
  • What part of the job will require the longest or most complicated learning curve? What tools and training will be provide to get over this curve and fit into the role.
  • Ask about the goals and objective of the team for the year ahead. Who and when were these goals created, or do they come from higher up in the corporate ladder.
  • Ask the hiring manager who his or her boss is and what their job is all about. Ask how their role fits into the topmost goals of the company.
  • Ask the hiring manager how he or she would approach you if they had a problem with something I did.
  • Ask what is expected of and from you in the first few months at the job.
  • Ask how and when employees receive feedback about performance. Is it an annual review, quarterly, or on a continuous basis. Would you rather wait till year end about how you performed and how to improve? How will this impact on your performance review.
  • Ask about the other team members on the team. Listen to answer and how the hiring manager talks about the team. Is it with pride, respect, or even affection.
  • Ask what qualities a person needs to have to be successful at the job.
  • Ask how work is assigned, what are the performance rewards, and how do employees ask for time off. Ask about the management style of your hiring manager and the company in general.
  • What are your group’s best and worst working relationships with other groups in the company?
  • If I get the job, how do I earn a “gold star” on my performance review? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
  • Always ask about the working hours and what makes up a full days work . I am sure there is always work to be done but you need to know when you can go home at the end of the day. What are the company norms when it comes to working over the weekend, evenings, answering emails, phone calls, and so on.
  • What information is shared with the employees (revenues, costs, operating metrics)? Is this an open-book shop, or do you play it closer to the vest? How is information shared? How do I get access to the information I need to be successful in this job?
  • Get personal and ask the hiring manager how he or she got into their current position. What is their career story with the company.
  • Ask about the company’s stance on social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter. What are the cultural norms of the company when it comes to social media.
  • What is the typical career path for a person in the particular job role if they are successful at the position. Are there opportunities for the person to move and transfer jobs within the company.
  • Ask about the history of the job position. Is this a new position or was there someone else in this role. If there was previously another person, what happened to this person. If it is a new role, what is the history and story behind the creation of this new job role.
  • Ask the hiring manager about the communication  processes and how the team communicates. Are there regular staff meetings and what is the format of the meetings. What is your managers preferred communication method?  What milestones are used to track an employees progress? What is the preferred method for team members to communicate, email, or face-to-face, or another way?
  • What’s the timeline for making a decision on this position? When should I get back in touch with you?

In conclusion, the main thing to remember on any job interview is to enjoy and have fun when you interview with any prospective boss. Ask questions that mean something to you. The interview should be enlightening for both of you.

12 Tips to help you interview with success.

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When interviewing for a new position the interview process can often be very daunting. Here are 12 steps to help you in an interview that should lead you on your way to success.

Research the company – Always make sure you have done your research on the company you are going for an interview with.

Learn about the people who will interview you – Find out who will be interviewing you and then do some research about that person on LinkedIn or Google.

Pay attention to your grooming and attire – Always go into an interview looking like a professional.

Bring your business card to every interview – Taking a business card with you enables you to swap information with the interviewer so you can send them a thank you message so that you may stay top of mind.

Arrange cards in front of you – If there are multiple people at the table, arrange their cards in front of you in the order in which they are seated, and glance down briefly during your discussion if you forget someone’s name.

Give a firm handshake – Always give a strong handshake as this will show a strong personality but do not go overboard.

Always maintain eye contact – When you look down or away from a person with whom you are conversing, it appears that you are disinterested, bored, or even projecting a sense of inadequacy. Show your engagement by looking at the person across the table.

Answer what is asked – Before you begin to answer any question, think for a moment to make sure you are addressing the question that the interviewer posed, rather than trying to fit your own talking points into the conversation.

Be Concise – Always go straight to the point and do not waffle on about things that are of no importance.

Never bad mouth – Never say anything at all negative about any person or employer as this could leave the interviewer wondering what you would say about them.

Don’t ask about things you should already know – It is up to you to do your research about the company ahead of the interview. You show that you are unprepared if you ask something you could have easily found out by yourself.

Don’t waste time with questions that don’t matter – Keep your questions focused on the role to be filled and ways you can be a standout employee.

These 12 tips should help lead to your success in finding that new perfect role for you.

How to Answer, ‘Have You Ever Been Fired?’

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Asking if you have been fired in a job interview can be one of the most daunting questions to be asked. We have all been in a position where this don’t always go according to plan. Things such as company culture or lack of support could be a reason for being fired but how do you talk about this in an interview? These are some tips to help you answer the question with no negativity and honestly.

Process Your Thoughts – Always examine the details of what happened and write it down. Another thing you have to do is deal with things that make you nervous before you go into the interview. Talk things over with a friend so you are clear and honest about what happened.

Talk To Your References – Always talk to the people you are putting down as references so you know what they will say about you and will have a detailed description of your accomplishments. Another thing to do that will be incredibly hard to do is give the employer who let you go a call and let him know you have learnt from your termination and find out what he might say if they were contacted. This may ensure that they do not speak badly about you to new employees.

Show How You Have Grown From the Experience – Think about positive aspects that you have learnt from the experience and focus on those. Talk about how your experience has turned you into a better leader and state that you have realized where you went wrong and now you know how to fix those mistakes.

Script Your Answer – Once you have gone through the above process write down and learn what your answer would be. This will help ensure that you are calm in the interview and ready for any questions thrown your way. Try move the conversation towards your successes and the new position.

If the interviewer does not bring it up neither should you. But make sure you never lie or speak badly about anyone in your past company. Always keep things positive and point out how you have learnt from your past experiences, this will always lead to success.