We've all been there: you're getting on ok during a job interview, and suddenly the interviewer asks a question you'd never even considered. Your future depends on your reaction to this question. What do you do?
James Reed, the chairman of recruiter Reed, reckons he has the answers. His book, Why You? 101 Interview Questions You'll Never Fear Again, is Amazon UK's fastest-selling new read on interview techniques.
Which terrifying "curveball" questions do you need to prepare for? Here's what Reed reckons:
1. If you were an animal what would you be?
If you’re faced with an off-the-wall question like this, feel free to take a long pause to consider. You can even say, ‘Give me a moment to think about this one.’ You might even think about getting into the spirit of fun and honest disclosure by asking the same question right back to the interviewer.
2. Every CV has at least one lie in it. What’s yours?
Well, it says under hobbies there that I enjoy keeping fit. My wife would say that’s stretching the truth! Seriously though, I don’t believe there are any lies on my CV. I believe integrity on the job is very important and that starts with your CV.
3. Tell me about a time you went against company policy
At A&B it was company policy that no one could be promoted until they’d worked there six months. It wasn’t something I questioned until I hired a recent grad who was brilliant. Within weeks of him starting I could see he was far too good for the entry-level job he was doing and, given his skills, I doubted we’d be able to hold on to him if I couldn’t give him more responsibility. Plus, it just seemed a waste not to utilize him to his full potential.