The tough economy has created a super-tough job market. Which means, at your next job interview, you may be asked questions nobody would’ve asked a year ago. Here’s a list of tough new job questions, courtesy of CareerBuilder.com:
- Would you be willing to take a pay cut? These days, a high starting salary could be a deal breaker. So, say something like: “I make X right now and I know I could ask for more than that. But I’m more interested in the job than the money. I’d be open to a lower starting salary if we can revisit the subject in six months.”
- What can you offer that someone else can’t? This is the time to give specific examples of how fast you get things done, and how you’d be an asset to the company. Try saying: “I know there are other qualified candidates, but my passion for top results makes me the best person for the job. For example, after I was promoted to manager at my last job, sales in our division increased 10%.”
- Tell me about the worst boss you ever had. Be careful of this one! You should never speak badly about a former boss because the person interviewing you will assume you’ll talk that way about them at some point. Instead, say something like, “None of my bosses were awful – but some of them taught me more than others.” Then give examples.
- Why were you laid off? That’s a tricky question to answer, especially since you may not know all the reasons why. So, be as honest as possible. For example, try saying: “My company was slammed by the economy. I was part of a large staff reduction, and that’s all I really know. I’m positive it had nothing to do with my job performance.”