Learn to prepare for tricky interview questions

WHEN A JOB INTERVIEWER THROWS you a curve ball, you can either duck, or step back and knock the ball out of the ballpark. Knowing how to ace an interview by preparing for typical tough interview questions might not be enough. But you should check out this previous post on Your Career Service as part of your interview preparation.

Lots of hiring managers and HR types are now conducting a new kind of interview. They’re called behavioral interviews where you could be asked tricky interview questions such as, “What was the last movie you saw? Or, “What was the last book that you read?”

Surveys show that almost fifty percent of interviewers ask tricky interview questions like those. That’s because they want to know that your personal life is happy and satisfying. If it is, the theory goes, you’re less likely to get burnt out at work.

So you either duck the curve ball by replying, “duh,” Or hit it out of the ballpark by knowing how to discuss the latest movie you saw or book that you read.

Even if you are a TV couch potato, you need to drag yourself to a good movie and haul your butt to a bookstore or library to check out new fiction or nonfiction releases.

How to answer tough interview questions in the behavioral category is easy when you take notes on what you liked about the movie you saw and the book that you read.

By the way, interviewers also may try to test you by discussing current events. You’ll impress them by listening to the latest news report on your car radio or smartphone on your way to the interview.

Before each interview, you should also read “Learn How to Answer Interview Questions,” a related post on Your Career Service.com.

RANDY PLACE is author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach, the perfect companion for both job hunters and careerists. Learn important job finding tactics in just one-minute each.

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About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.