10 Popular Interview Questions – What’s the Hidden Meaning?
By Elizabeth Conley
Interview Preparation is essential if you want to be offered the job but many organisations start an interview with popular interview questions which seem easy to answer. However some of the most innocent popular interview questions can get a candidate to relax and ‘open up’ revealing personal information about themselves which they should not have shared. In an interview there’s no such thing as an innocent interview question even if you’re asked it by an assistant on the way to or from the interview room! Depending on the organisation, the ten popular interview questionsbelow might be asked in a slightly different way but the motivation behind the questions is the same. Interview preparation will ensure that you always have a good interview answer to hand.
Q1. What have you been up to since you left your job?
Saying, ‘I’ve had a chance to catch up on all the chores to do around the house’ is not a good interview answer. An organisation wants to employ people who are energetic, self-motivated, and determined. The longer you have been out of work the more important it is for you to show that you have managed your time well. This might mean volunteering for work where you can use your skills and abilities, attending courses so that you upgrade your skills, and being active in a business or professional network.
Q2. How long have you been looking for a job?
Unfortunately it is true that the longer you are out of work the more difficult it is to be offered a job and you lose interview self-confidence. With this popular interview question the potential employer wants to know whether there something wrong with the candidate that has been out of work for a long time. When there’s a chance that you might be ‘out of work’ for a considerable time it is important to give yourself a deadline and then consider taking a job which might be a contract position, or a job in another area of the country. Even consider a job where you’re over qualified. All jobs at every level can be used to promote a candidate so don’t feel that taking a job below your qualifications means that this will be held against you in the future. Being seen as a pragmatist and a hard worker will help you to stand out against the competition for a job.