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Surprise! Interview Questions You Might Not be Prepared For

You’ve landed an interview for a position that you really want. You’ve done your homework on the company, networked with insiders, and you’re current on the latest technology standards. You know your strengths and weaknesses and can rattle of a list of accomplishments at the drop of a hat. So what happens when your interviewer asks a question that you didn’t rehearse?

If unexpected questions knock you off your game, it’s because they’re supposed to. Your interviewer wants to see how you handle surprises and gauge how you respond to the unexpected. So if you’re asked something that wasn’t on your roster of practice questions, stay calm and demonstrate a good attitude. It’s all part of the test.

One example of an eyebrow raising question could be, “What would you ask if you were me?” This allows you the opportunity to be creative and outline some accomplishments that may have been glossed over, but surprise questions can also let you have a little fun. One good response could be, “When can you start?” Surprise questions let you think outside the box, highlight your background in a more unique way, and show a little more of your personality and style.

This may sound counter-intuitive, but depending on the firm, even a serious interview can be a little fun. Loosen up and relax, and your interviewer is more likely to as well. This can smooth over any bloopers you may make, but it’s also important to remember that you’re interviewing with a human being, not a robot. Showing your personality and style is part of what will make you memorable among other candidates.

No matter how much you prepare, there’s no way to know every question an interviewer will ask. The best you can do is demonstrate a good attitude, be as prepared as possible, and expect the unexpected.

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