Unexpected Interview Questions – Be Prepared!

Techniques for interviews are fluid, they are always changing. There’s no real right or wrong way to conduct or attend an interview. The basics remain the same: dress well, keep eye contact and be positive. Being prepared doesn’t go amiss either. Besides the basics though, interviews don’t follow a particular format.

Interviewers are putting your character on the podium, examining whether you’re right for the job, their business and its culture. It’s not a case of catching you out and so, focus on the truth and if there are weaknesses, be sure to highlight how you tackled them.

Don’t feel small when posed an unexpected question!

We’ve sourced out three particularly interesting questions that interviewers might ask and how best to answer them.

How would you describe the ideal colleague?

This isn’t a question we hear much but it is worth knowing. If asked a question like this, it can reveal what kind of people you work well alongside. It will allow interviewers to see if you fit their culture and can also give them tell-tale signs of some of your pet-hates. Tread with caution on this though!

What work achievement are you most proud of?

Try to pinpoint: What results came from the achievement? What were the challenges? How did you overcome them?

But better yet, inform them what resources you had at your disposal and how did you manage the team? Did something go wrong? Tell them how you dealt with it. Don’t forget to inform interviewers the juicy good stuff too!

Your first 100 days in the role – what would you do?

It’s a question asked to the Presidents of the United States and it can reveal to interviewers how you might approach work in a new place or role. Being vague might signal warning signs but answers that show you seize the position head-on or hit the ground running can only be viewed with admiration.

It’s worth knowing that these questions aren’t always going to appear in an interview, but they teach a lesson that everyone can take from an interview: be prepared. You can never be sure when interviewers will drop a question to get to heart of your character but by being prepared; you can give them an answer that’ll land you your next role!

To find out more about the ways in which Cactus Search can make Management & Executive selection for your contact centre a bit less prickly, drop us an email on info@cactussearch.co.uk, or call us on 0845 519 3310.

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