More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 18th March 2013

This week: ‘Do you want my Job?’

Tony Wilmot of explains how to handle that curveball

The interviewer will ask this as a way of gauging aspiration. It’s a very difficult question to answer, and the interviewer knows this. If you appear to be too enthusiastic, you can come across as over-confident or arrogant. On the other hand, if you don’t show any interest, then it looks like you aren’t very aspirational. 

You have to seem smart and try to divert the conversation a little. You should mention that at some point in the future you’d like to have the skills and experience to fill your interviewer’s role, and that you will do everything you can to work towards that. it’s all about creating a sense of anticipation about how hard you’re going to work, rather than saying you expect to nab that top job straight away. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Plumber’ in Issue 18th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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