Human Resource managers may ask tricky HR interview questions to save time and try to figure out what kind of employee you really are. Joyce Lain Kennedy, a nationally syndicated careers columnist says outlines the 10 Trickiest Interview Questions & Their Answers

Kennedy 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. Kennedy offers the, the real meaning behind them and how best to answer each.

  • How quickly do you adapt to new technology?

“I can adapt quickly to new circumstances. Since I am clear about my job role and I am mentally prepared to take up challenges, I feel I have the capacity to learn fast and apply my new knowledge. During my student life, I had to clear new papers and projects in every semester and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Similarly, I will enjoy picking up new technologies in my professional life as well.”

  • Are you open to take risks? or Do you like experimenting?

“It is always good to venture into new waters and new technologies. I am a very adaptive person and my diligence helps me pick up new stuff quickly. Experimenting or taking risks can yield both good and bad results, but the exercise in itself is a great learning experience. Such experiences generate experts and I want to become an SME or a JAVA subject matter expert someday.”

  • What are your future goals? Tell me about your short term and long-term goals?

“I’ve picked up Marketing Automation basics during my first job, which lasted for two years. Now I am prepared to take up a bigger and more challenging project. I want to see myself as a marketing analyst in the next two years, that would be my short-term goal. Following which, I would see myself as an end-to-end Digital Marketing Strategist or a Manager in the long run.”

  • What motivates you?

“Meeting the set target within an assigned deadline motivates me the most. When I do so, I get a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. When this is coupled with an award, I feel all the more motivated. All in all, I like to achieve milestones, so that I can look back at them and say to myself, ‘Yes, that was my achievement.’ Visible results also motivate me.”

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