500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Six

If you had to rate me as an interviewer, what would you say?

This question is designed for its shock effect and is known as a stress question. The interviewer isn’t really looking for a true evaluation of his or her interviewing techniques, but is interested in how well you will respond. Stay calm, be diplomatic, and try to answer as positively as possible.

Characterize your philosophy in relation to your past performance on the job. What was important to you?

Interviewers are interested in what motivates you and what inspires you. Talk about your career objective in a way that identifies the strengths and skills you possess and what aligns them with the occupation you are seeking.

Rate yourself on a scale of one to ten.

Bear in mind that this question is meant to plumb the depths of your self-esteem. If you answer ten, you run the risk of portraying yourself as insufferable. On the other hand, if you say less than seven, you might as well get up and leave. You are probably best claiming to be an eight or nine, saying that you always give your best, but that in doing so you always increase your skills and therefore always see room for improvement.

Employees tend to be either concept oriented or task oriented. How do you describe yourself?

With this question the interviewer looks for a match between the candidate’s preferred level of detail and the level of detail required by the job. Problems might arise if the job requires delegation but the candidate enjoys working independently.

What does the word “innovation” mean to you?

Be creative and original in your answer and demonstrate how innovation relates to new products or services and well as improvements to existing systems. Provide examples of your initiative and resourcefulness illustrate a creative, new, or unusual approach to reaching a goal.

Does the current state of the economy disturb you?

Staying on top of current events, including economic information, is a good way to show that you are well informed, educated, and cultured. It also allows your interviewer to gauge you ability to make financial decisions.