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Answering Tricky Interview Questions

There is no doubt about it, most of us dread tricky questions during job interviews. With the interview process itself being stressful already, being thrown an unexpected or seemingly unrelated question may leave you temporarily stumped. This can cause even the most competent person to forget basic information or worry about how your answer would be interpreted. Being prepared can help you tackle tricky job interview questions.

Carry a Discreet “Cue Card”

Carry a pen and two-pocket folder with a few sheets of blank paper for notes in one side, and several extra copies of your resume in the other side. This will serve as your cue card and note taking system. During the interview, if you forget important information, casually glance down at your resume to jog your memory. This may help you feel less “on the spot” and will reinforce interviewers' perception of you as a well-prepared candidate.

Understanding the Purpose of Tricky Interview Questions

Tricky interview questions are intended to help interviewers understand more about the type of person you are. They may be designed to show your character, how you respond under pressure, how assertive you are, whether you are likely to stay with the company over the long term, your work ethic, or other areas that are not as easy to glean from a resume alone. It is a good idea to anticipate these questions and have some examples and answers ready before your interview.

Generally, you will answer these questions appropriately if you stick with the following guidelines:

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