The Kiss of Death Question: Tell me about yourself
Definitely do not say these four answers while vying for a senior executive position.
You’ll hear this at almost every interview you go to in your life. It should be an easy question. Are you sure? Maybe you haven’t interviewed in a while. It’s more of a statement than a question, though.
Question/Statement: Tell me about yourself.
Do not answer: Well, after work, I go home and I play with my five cats until sundown.
Nothing against cats, but the interview does not want to hear about your conglomerate of cats and cat toys.
This is another pretty popular question. A skilled recruiter is going to ask this one for sure.
Question: What is your biggest weakness?
Do not answer: Pecan pie. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.
Although humor can be a good way to show you’re a good person to have in the office, the recruiter does not care about your eating habits, let alone your cats.
This question is bound to come up, so make sure you know your stuff front and back. Like most other interview questions it is less about what you really do and more about what you can bring to the table.
Question: What can you tell me about your past experience at so and so?
Do not answer: I really liked my job at so and so, but the people were just so boring and the boss came in with crocs on every day.
You may not have liked the people that you worked with, but your boss’s fashion sense is definitely not a professional reason for your departure.
The last question is not unlike the others, but may take a little bit more thought and research into the industry, the company, and your own experience to find the right answer.
Question: What kind of salary are you looking for?
Do not answer: Whatever will help me keep up my mysterious lifestyle.
Giving a vague answer is often times a good response to this question but certainly not this one.
These answers may seem silly, but the questions are no joke. In order to be successful at any job interview you need to be able to formulate the correct answers to these and many other questions.
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