A’s for tricky q’s
Interview questions really are getting weirder. Cosmo to the rescue.
Q / “do you know how to ?”
This gets hard when it’s a challenge that you haven’t faced before. Sherbin says women value honesty and often say, “No, I’ve never done that.” But then the interviewer thinks, Instead, take a cue from men, who are more likely to say, “Sure, I’ve never done it before, but I’m a fast study.” Nod to the learning curve, but always lead with a yes.
Q / “how long would you see yourself staying?”
Dodge the flighty millennial stereotype. People don’t want to train someone new, only for the person to leave and pursue their “real” passion, experts say. Don’t pledge a specific time commitment, but do name check skills you hope to develop or long-term projects you could contribute to. Use the word a lot.
Q / “What’s your favorite cartoon?”
“Some interviewers ask weird questions to see how well a candidate thinks on their feet,” Rollag says. “They want you to give an unrehearsed answer.” That means there is no right or wrong. Go with the flow and be creative. If in doubt, acknowledge the awkwardness, suggests Ghosn. Say: “I’ve never gotten that question before! Tell me why you’re asking.” Cosmopolitan