Interviews are tough. Especially when you’re asked questions your aren’t expecting. Here is an exert from Forbes online that talks about a common trap that job seekers can fall into during a job interview, and how to successfully navigate through it.
“You’re sitting in a job interview and the hiring manager says, “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Your heart beats faster and the palms of your hands begin to sweat. Uh oh. How should you answer the question? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss?
Some hiring managers will purposely ask interview candidates about the worst aspects of working for a boss or employer. Heads up! These are trick questions to see if you’ll bad mouth a past job, employer, or manager. Answering these types of questions can be difficult, especially if you’re leaving an unhappy work environment or really do work for a terrible boss. While you might like to let loose and vent, a job interview isn’t the time or place – save your angry tirade for a confidential discussion with your best friend.
My advice in answering negative questions is to try your best to turn your answer around into positive comments. Let’s say a hiring manager asks you to explain the top three things you hated the most in a previous job. In your head you might be thinking: My boss was a jerk who wasn’t supportive of my career development, my work assignments were boring and pure drudgery, and I was severely underpaid with no opportunity for pay raises or bonus compensation – but don’t say this out loud!
Instead, say something like: “I’m looking for a job where I have a boss who is supportive of my career development, who will give me projects and assignments that are challenging and will help me improve my skills, and where I have opportunities to earn pay raises or bonus compensation based on my work performance.””
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