Awkward Interview Question More Magazine Issue 29th April 2013

This week,’What’s your proudest moment?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
Your interviewer is trying to gain a better insight about what motivates you and what makes you tick. Different people answer this in different ways and the interviewer will be trying to grasp what attributes you have, and what difference you think you’ve made to others around you. 

HOW SHOULD YOU ANSWER?
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Your proudest moments have been clinching a big contract or signing off a complicated project – these work – based answers are valid. However, there’s no harm in inspecting your personal life and thinking where you’ve made a difference to your friends and family. Instilling a human touch into a tense interview atmosphere could make you more likeable and make all the difference to the outcome.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 22nd April 2013

This week,’Can you explain the gaps on your CV?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
If you have gaps in your employment history, the interviewer will want to know what you were doing with your time. Address this in your application, on both your CV and covering letter, but be prepared to be grilled. it may be you’ve been travelling, or had a break between short – term contracts, but make sure you have answers in case you’re put on the spot.

HOW DO YOU ANSWER IT?
If you’ve had a lot gaps between jobs, you need to think what you did what you did that will impress potential employers. Look at your personal life and consider anything you think will reflect well on you, such as charity work, volunteering, or unpaid experience – and get this into your covering letter and CV. Be honest – if it was a tough time in the jobs market, say this, and then go on to explain what you did to overcome the hurdle.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 8th April 2013

This week,’What can you do for us that someone else can’t?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK THIS?
The interviewer is trying to find out what makes you special. They want you to really stand out from the rest of the candidates and the staff already on their payroll.

HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
Before the interview, look at the job description and write down what qualities and skills you have that match it. In the interview, mimic the exact language and phrases they use on the original advert, then go on to give an example of a time you’ve delivered that in your current role. You need to show how your experiences will make your boss’ life easier. It’s also a chance to air some of your more quirky personality traits. For example, if you’re meticulous about fact checking, keeping the stationery cupboard stocked up or filing in invoices, be sure to add in these details. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Nurse’ in Issue 8th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 1st April 2013

This week,’How would you spend your day off?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK THIS?
This isn’t a trick question. We spend most of out waking time at work, so the interviewer wants to find out about your interests. Usually this question will pop up towards the end of the interview because they’ll be looking to see if your answer matches up with their impression of you. 

HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
Be honest, but not too honest. If you’re having a few days off because you’ve been working really hard, don’t be embarrassed to admit that there’s nothing you’d like better than to stay in bed all day watching Gossip Girl, or hanging out with friends. If you have any interesting hobbies, this is your chance to let your potential boss know you’re keen on baking/knitting/zumba. But be realistic with your answer – don’t suggest you want to climb Mount Everest in one day’s holiday…

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Fashion Stylist’ in Issue 1st April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 25th March 2013

This week: ‘Tell me about a failure you faced…’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK THIS?
There are two reasons they ask this. The first is to test your honesty – at some points in our lives, we’ll have experienced failure. The second reason is because you have to answer will invariably lead on to a question about how quickly you realised your error and how you went about correcting it. 

HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
Before the interview, think of a project or situation that didn’t go well. Ideally, it’ll be something that reflects elements of the role you’re being interviewed for. You need to answer honestly and explain what steps you’ll take to make sure you get it right next time around. Avoid blaming other people directly, but do explain any difficult circumstances. Also, if you can, give evidence of how things improved, eg ‘Sales increased by 10% after I did x.’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Florist’ in Issue 25th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 18th March 2013

This week: ‘Do you want my Job?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK THIS?
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. 

HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
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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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 11th March 2013

This week: ‘If you were offered more  money by another company, would you leave?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY THEY ASK THIS?
There isn’t a person in the world who wouldn’t swap jobs if someone offered them a substantial pay rise, but the interviewer wants to make sure you won’t run off after three months for an extra £500 a year. This is usually asked to people who are over qualified for the role. 

HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
As diplomatically as possible! If someone offered you more money to work somewhere else you’d obviously have to consider it and you should be honest about this. However, you also need to show you’re loyal. Think about whether it’s just the salary that’s important to you. If job satisfaction, lovely colleagues and general happiness are what make you tick then say this – it shows you look at the wider picture. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on Television Presenting’ in Issue 11th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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