Every so often, interviewers will ask questions that are going to stump you. Whether or not this is their intention, there is nothing worse than a deafening silence in the middle of an interview. To help you out a bit, we have compiled a list of these questions and how you can quickly recover when you’re met with one of them.
1. Can you tell me about yourself?
The interviewers ask these questions in order to determine how the candidates are going to see themselves as it pertains to the position. The key here is to keep your answer professional. Despite the vagueness of the question, interviewers do not want to know about your personal life. The responses they are looking for are focused, laser-sharp answers that will show your value to the organization and department. To perfect this response, the key to it is focusing on positivity and what you bring to the role, rather than why the job might benefit you.
2. How would you describe yourself in one word?
The interviewers ask this question to elicit several data points from you. For example, for your personality type, how confident you are in your perception of one’s self and whether your working style will fit the job. This can be tricky because you don’t really know what the manager is looking for in someone’s personality. Ultimately, this question is asked in order to reveal your true character, so it’s very important to respond with sincerity and to consider what it could say about you. A lot of people have gone to great schools or they have very good connections—perhaps, on paper, they are better than you. This is a good chance to show them what kind of colleague or employee you are going to be and what sets you apart from the crowd. That’s what the interviewers want to invest in.