Dealing With Questions For Interviews That Are Non-Traditional

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Most of us have been on enough interviews in our lives to know that a lot of the questions for interviews that you’re asked are pretty similar.  That’s why you’re thrown for a loop when an employer asks some questions that you might not have heard before or that really require you to think on the spot.

Having to think on the spot usually means nervousness and sometimes difficulty putting what you really want to say into words.  Sometimes going through some non-traditional questions for interviews prior to interviewing will help prepare you for these situations.  Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask these exact questions, they still force you to think outside the box a little and should help you better articulate through any questions for interviews that come your way.  They’ll also make you more prepared for the interview in general because you’re exploring more ideas and strengths that you possess and you might even be able to answer the simple questions with more description and conviction.

The following are some examples of non-traditional questions for interviews that you can walk yourself through to ensure that you don’t fumble, stumble or lose your grip in an interview.

What would you do if someone approached you and offered you something in return for doing something unethical?

This question may be worded differently, but either way the employer is testing your integrity and ethics.  Questions for interviews like these are pretty common sense to answer.  Of course you wouldn’t do anything unethical or anything that would jeopardize your job, right?  Just come up with a unique way to put it- interviewers have most likely heard all the responses before.

Being creative with something like “I would tell them where they could stick it!” is nice, but don’t be quite this forward because it probably won’t come across as a professional response.

What kind of people would you rather not work with?

These types of questions for interviews are kind of tricky.  If you list off a bunch of personalities that just don’t mesh well with yours, it’s going to sound like you’re difficult to get along with.  Maybe you are, but pointing that out isn’t going to get you a job.

Rather than going that route, just say something about how you’ve encountered a bunch of different types of personalities in your experience or line of work and you have learned that even those that seem the most difficult still offer some sort of positive contribution to a team.

Basically, you want to say that you can work with anyone without being a kiss ass (and a liar) and saying “I work well with everyone!”  Sure, because you’re Jesus.

If a project was returned to you because it needed editing or contained errors, how would you feel?

Honestly, you’d probably feel downright low, but saying that isn’t a way to impressively answer questions for interviews like this one.  It’s best to say something about how you turn every negative into a positive or how you don’t mind “constructive criticism” (that’s a favorite term of employers’ because it shows that you’re able to own up to your mistakes and are willing to correct them) because it helps you build further upon your skills and grow within your field.

Basically with these non-traditional questions for interviews we’ve covered ethics, whether or not you can work well with others and whether or not you fold under critique.  These are all key concerns of potential employers for obvious reasons. 

If you can practice coming up with good answers to questions for interviews like these then you should have no problem being put on the spot and answering anything that you’re asked like you’re classy, sophisticated and smart.  And you are, right?  All you have to do now is prove it by having stellar answers to questions for interviews!

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