3 Types of Interview Answer You Should Avoid

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3 Types of Interview Answer You Should AvoidHere are three (popular, but misguided) types of interview answers you should avoid at all costs next time you're in the hot seat:

(1) Funny/sarcastic answers:

"Where do I see myself in five years?"

"In your seat." / "Being your boss."

Don't do it, for two reasons: first, interviewers have heard these cliches before, many, many times. Every time they breathe a perfunctory laugh and then roll their eyes. It's that predictable.

Always remember this:

Funny doesn't get you the job. Cute doesn't get you the job. Sarcastic certainly doesn't get you the job. What gets you the job? Giving them a reason to conclude that you're the strongest candidate.

(2) Cliched and/or BS answers:

"What's my biggest weakness?"

"Colleagues tell me I work too hard." / "I'm too much of a perfectionist."

Why don't you just hand them a sick bucket, while you're at it? Answers like this are BS, and interviewers know it. Even worse, they're cliched -- more so than clever/sarcastic answers like the one above.

(3) "Safe" (AKA worm-your-way-out) answers:

"Why am I seeking a new job? I'm happy at my current organization, and I get along well with my colleagues and manager, but I'm really looking for a new opportunity right now."

You're not a diplomat. Vague answers like this don't tell the interviewer anything about you -- let alone make you memorable.

Next time you're sitting in the hall, waiting to be called in for your interview, remember that you worked hard for this opportunity. Don't squander it.

Every question an interviewer throws at you -- even the more difficult "curve ball" ones -- is a precious opportunity to give them a reason why they should give the job to you, rather than to someone else.

Make sure every answer is memorable for the right reasons.

As you probably know, 99% of the time, interviewers ask the same questions. (Though the exact words might vary person to person.) There's a reason for that. It's because interviewers the world over are really trying to discern the same information about each candidate.

Anyway, my point is this:

You should know ahead of time what kind of questions you're most likely to be asked, and you should prepare memorable and effective answers.

If any of your answers resemble the above, then you've got work to do. You need to rework them so they contain a solid reason why you're the candidate they've been seeking. That's what I mean by "memorable and effective".

Interview Success Formula helps you with that.

It's our flagship program. It takes you through a proven strategy for anticipating the questions interviewers will ask you and then preparing stellar answers that make them sit up straight, lean in, and take notice for all the right reasons. It's the ultimate job interview advantage.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.