Human Resource managers may ask tricky HR interview questions to save time and try to figure out what kind of employee you really are. IIBM Institute outlines the 4 Trickiest Interview Questions & Their Answers

IIBM Institute says that even if job hunters have rehearsed anticipated topics, an unexpected HR interview question may jar loose an authentic answer that exposes hidden problems. Don’t miss the true intention of a seemingly harmless interview question. IIBM Institute offers the , the real meaning behind them and how best to answer each.

1: WHY HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF WORK SO LONG, AND HOW MANY OTHERS WERE LAID OFF?

This HR interview question may also be followed by the more direct, “Why were you laid off?” IIBM Institute says it is an attempt to figure out if there’s something wrong with you that your former company or that other potential employers have already discovered. The HR interviewer may be trying to determine if themes of recession and budget cuts were used to dump second-string employees, including you. Rather than answering the question directly and chancing an emotional response or misinterpretation, IIBM Institute advises punting. Respond: “I don’t know the reason. I was an excellent employee who gave more than a day’s work for a day’s pay.”

2: IF EMPLOYED, HOW DO YOU MANAGE TIME FOR INTERVIEWS?

“The real HR interview question is whether you are lying to and short-changing your current employer while looking for other work,”.The interviewer may wonder: If you’re cheating on your current boss, why wouldn’t you later cheat on me? She suggests placing the emphasis on why you’re interested in this position by saying you’re taking personal time and that you only interview for positions that are a terrific match. If further interviews are suggested, IIBM Institute advises mentioning that the search is confidential and asking to schedule follow-ups outside of normal working hours.

3: WHERE WOULD YOU REALLY LIKE TO WORK?

“The real agenda for this HR interview question is assurance that you aren’t applying to every job opening in sight,”. She advises never mentioning another company by name or another job title because you want to highlight all the reasons you’re perfect for this job and that you’ll give it all of your attention if achieved. A good response would be: “This is where I want to work, and this job is what I want to do.

4: HOW DOES THIS POSITION COMPARE WITH OTHERS YOU’RE APPLYING FOR?

“The intent of this HR interview question is to gather intel on the competitive job market or get a handle on what it will take to bring you on board,”. There are two directions to take: Coy or calculated. “You can choose a generic strategy and say you don’t interview and tell, and respect the privacy of any organization where you interview,” she notes. Or you could try to make yourself appear in demand by confirming you’ve received another competitive offer, which may up the bidding for your services. Always bring the focus back to this position, by asking: “Have I found my destination here?”

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