10 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Want To Be Asked

By Charlie Knight |


If you're unemployed or looking for a career change, getting invited for an interview is good. It means that potential employers feel you might be a suitable candidate to work for them.

In today's job market, it can often be a challenge just to reach that stage of the job hunting process. That's because there are scores of folks going for the same jobs as you! 

The thing is; once you're through the door, your interviewers will start to "grill" you. You'll often encounter complex or tricky questions, many of which have hidden agendas. And you might even get asked questions with more than one meaning!

Getting past the interview stage is akin to playing a video game. You need to have the right strategy to succeed. So, are you any good at reading between the lines, as it were? Do you understand what interviewers are really trying to ask you?

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Here are ten interview questions you will loathe but are likely to get asked:

1. Why have you been out of work for such a long time?

If it's been some time since you last had a job, you will almost certainly get asked that question. The interviewer is trying to establish why you haven't got a new job sooner.

For example, did you do something wrong and get fired from your last job? Or was your previous employer in financial trouble?

2. If you won the lottery jackpot, would you quit your job?

Yes, here is one of those "double meaning" questions that I mentioned a moment ago. Here, the interviewer is trying to determine your work ethic is. Yes, you'd love to win the jackpot (who wouldn't)!

You should say that you'd like to get some meaningful work as you thrive on overcoming challenges.

3. How do you find the time to go for interviews?

Are you still employed but looking for a new job? If so, your interviewer could hit you with this whopper! In a nutshell, they want to know if you've told your boss that you're looking for a new job, or if you're lying to them.

And if you haven't told your boss, your interviewer might wonder if you'd do the same to them too.

4. Have you applied for similar jobs with other companies?

The interviewer wants to fish for information at this stage. When they ask this question, they often want to find out what it might take to offer you the job. Some may call an interviewer's bluff by saying they have received an offer elsewhere.

It's a question you're likely to get asked for jobs with high salaries.

5. What do you know about our company?

Usually, candidates will get asked that question during the initial stages of the interview. Interviewers want to find out if you've bothered to research what the company is about.

Candidates often get brownie points for commenting on recent company developments, for example. If interviewers ask HOW you know that information, don't be afraid to tell them. For example, you could mention you researched that information on their website.

6. Can you describe a time where you made a big mistake at work?

There's no denying that is one of the trickiest questions to answer. And perhaps one of the most loathed ones by candidates too!

The interviewer wants to find out if you're the sort of person that learns from their mistakes. After all; if an employee makes too many mistakes, they become a liability.

7. Did anyone recommend this job to you?

Here is one tricky question that interviewers might throw to catch you off-guard. They are trying to find out if you applied for the job through one of their employees. Only mention that fact if you're sure that person is of good standing in the company.

8. What is your dream job?

The person interviewing you wants reassurance that the job you applied for IS your dream job. In other words, they don't wish to hire someone that applies for any old job. They are only interested in people that consider themselves a perfect fit for the job.

9. Can you describe a situation where you solved a problem at work?

It's a common interview question and one that doesn't have a hidden meaning. The interviewer wants you to highlight your top skills (for example, problem-solving). Expect to get asked that question in virtually all interviews!

10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Here is another common interview question! It's an opportunity for you to talk about your career goals and how this job would fit into your plan. Interviewers ask this question because they want to find out how motivated you are. 

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Charlie Knight

Written by Charlie Knight

Charlie has 3 years experience in digital marketing, helping B2B technology companies grow their businesses through inbound marketing before joining Vine Resources as Content Marketing Manager. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys travelling and the great outdoors, and he recently hiked from Mexico to Canada for charity.

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