A’s for tricky q’s

In­ter­view ques­tions re­ally are get­ting weirder. Cosmo to the res­cue.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - You, You, You - She doesn’t be­lieve she can doit.whyshouldi? team

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

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