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7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

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If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up ...

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    ElizabethS

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    even though i rally have not been in the work force that long, this information is very useful. Thank you. :)

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    mynwworld5

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Interview is very important for every employee. And for that pre-preparation really helps. It is very nice to read about this questions. I had given many interviews and this questions are really appropriate. Actually for me the question like Why do you want to leave your job? is really difficult and tricky to answer. r4i gold

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    RickyWoot17

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Kswillard, how did you deal with your bad question "How would you deal with a bad supervisor?"

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    kswillard

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    You left one out. I've been asked this on 3 different interviews...not sure why.

    "How would you deal with a bad supervisor?"

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    Gde7

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    All these tips are helpful. i shall remember them in my next interview. Thanks.
    Cheryl in Atlanta.

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    business_mam

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    You know, that last question gets on my nerves. Of course I would leave if I wasn't happy or seeing eye to eye with my boss. Not everybody is compatible with each other. But the prevailing attitude of interviewers is that if this is the case, then it automatically means they will have the same trouble with you. Ridiculous! Not unless they like to steal from the company and then blame all the litte guys on the bottom or have a lunatic thougt process. Two of the only reasons I left because of a boss. Just how do you avoid talking about that? I mean, really, what is a good reason I can give for leaving when something like that is involved? What the heck am I supposed to say? I saw your shining castle over here and saw the drawbridge was down, so I came over to satisfy my curiosity? Be real.

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    JerryGJones

    over 4 years ago

    62 comments

    The dumbest question they could ask, especially right now while we are in a major recession is: Why do you want to work at this job, when you are over-qualified for it.

    When they ask this question, then I immediately think they live in a bubble and have no idea what state the economy is in. People will take just about any job right now just to pay the bills.

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    JerryGJones

    over 4 years ago

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    When they ask me what my strengths and weaknesses are, I always say: strength=perfectionist, weakness=perfectionist.

    The rest of the questions are really just to see if you will kiss up to the person hiring you by giving canned answers. If the employer really wants to know about me, they can ask me questions about what skills I have, what major projects I have worked on, and what my aspirations are for my career path. All the other questions are just something the employer snagged off the Internet. When the employer asks me these same questions, right away I know I am dealing with an employer who simply follows the herd and has no drive to be unique and prosperous. If they can't think of intriguing questions on their own, then they are pretty unmotivated to do much of anything and I most likely would be annoyed working for them.

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    pegleg

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Again, I get asked this question on every interview - in the financial field! I let them know that I don't have any weaknesses that I have not been able to overcome with strengths.

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    pegleg

    over 4 years ago

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    I have been asked this question at every interview I have been on. I let them know that I am sociable, personable, and up to almost any challenge.

    pegleg

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    SunriseALB

    over 4 years ago

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    I love to get this qustion on an interview. It really means tell me anything you want to to tell me. That is what I do with it. Allways smile and I am a basiclay happy person who....and I tell them why I am the best person for the job. Hey they gave me an opening.

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    willboywonder

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    I think another one of the dumb questions has to do with why you'd accept this job when your qualifications should make you eligible for a better, more challenging position. They don't realize that some positions lend themselves better for a commute, for time with family, for completing a grad school program, etc. Sometimes, money and a prestigious position are not a carrot for a job. Many incentives for taking a job are often hidden to others.,

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    tdozier

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    As time goes on. I'm sure they'll be more dumb questions out there.

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    tdozier

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    Let's add another really dumb question....Before you were unemployed you made xyz dollar amount, why now would you settle for less money than you made before....Hello, because I'm unemployed and make nothing now.

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