You might run into an unscrupulous interviewer or two who will ask an unfair interview question or two. Among the worst of the worst is when you’re interviewed for a job that doesn’t exist. You’re there to be pumped for information that will solve an interviewer’s problem.
You’ll know when you’re being scammed when asked how you would solve a particular problem. You’ll either be asked to provide the answer on the spot or to work on it as homework. I advise my job finding clients not to fall for it. If this happens to you, demur with a smile and say, “give me the job and I’ll be happy to solve the problem.”
Now that the weasel knows you’re on to his game, say, “let’s face it, this is how I make a living.” Then, on the unlikely chance there could be a real job there, talk about some of your accomplishments in solving problems for other employers. Use the SIR format. Explain the situation you confronted, your input—what you did to solve the problem, and describe the results of your efforts. Although you’re probably making a futile effort, it’s good practice for upcoming interviews that are legitimate.
Most interviewers are honest and above board. But a few are snakes in the grass who will ask unfair interview questions. You can learn how to handle them, along with dozens of other answering strategies that will make you the winning candidate, in my book Your One Minute Job Finding Coach.
Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place