Answering Interview Questions the Right Way
We’ve gone over a few of the most common interview questions, but there are bound to be more
that you may not have studied or shown up to the interview prepared for. So how do you go
about answering interview questions that you didn’t expect?
There are just a few key pointers to keep in mind that will make answering interview questions a
1. Stick to relevant facts.
If an interviewer asks you to tell them a little about yourself, they usually don’t want to hear
about how you like long walks on the beach and prefer your coffee black. Answering interview
questions is about sticking to the subject- which is that great job you’re after, so keep your
answers related to your skills and work experience. You can talk about a few personal things
here and there, but try to keep it to a minimum.
2. Stay up on current events.
It might sound like a silly piece of advice- what does this have to do with answering interview
questions? Well, you don’t want to appear to be an airhead if the interviewer conversationally
brings up a current event. Also, you want to make sure that you’re aware of any recent
developments in the particular field you’re interviewing in or with a particular company. Not
knowing this stuff is going to make you look more clueless than Jessica Simpson while she’s
snacking on tuna. And although a lot of employers (usually of the male variety) would want to
hire her because of her hot factor, they probably wouldn’t trust her to run a division of their
3. Stay positive.
Sometimes you’ll get a little confused answering interview questions because they’ll throw
something at you that you don’t expect. If you’re asked about what you didn’t like about your
last job, for instance, don’t fall for the trick. Those wiley coyotes are most likely just trying to
gauge your reaction. Answering interview questions like this with something short and sweet
like “I actually rather enjoyed my job, there just wasn’t a lot of opportuni