Courtesy of a story in today’s Careers section in the Globe and Mail by Tony Martin.
Six questions that six seasoned hiring managers ask job candidates.
- I had a really bad day. Can you tell me something funny? Wrong answer — sorry, I can’t think of anything amusing.
- What is the greatest service experience you’ve had? Wrong answer — being clueless about the difference between good from truly great service.
- Tell us what began as your most frustrating or tough day, and what you did so that it ended up being your most productive day? Wrong answer — revealing a lack of personal initiative.
- Which of your strengths can lead to problems? Wrong answer — pretending you don’t have a weakness which exposes an interview-killing lack of self-awareness.
- Tell us about a time you had a great idea and what you did with it? Wrong answer — drawing a blank and acting as though you’ve never had a good idea or any idea at all.
- What do you hope this job is not? Wrong answer — saying that you like to do anything and everything.
Get the right answers here.