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How to Answer Any Interview Question Truthfully


How to Answer Any Interview Question Truthfully

By Heather R. Huhman

A white lie couldn’t possibly hurt your job search, right? You might want to think again.

According to CareerBuilder, 58 per cent of hiring managers have caught a lie on a resume. Whether it’s exaggerating a previous job title or embellishing your role in a group project, lying can negatively impact your chances of landing a job.

When it comes to impressing hiring managers during a job interview, you can’t dance around their questions. You must be upfront and honest about your personality, skills, and experience. If you don’t, you could end up accepting a job that’s completely wrong for you — a lose-lose situation.

Instead of telling white lies during your next job interview, here are some tips to help you honestly answer any interview question:

Never lie about your work ethic.

The reality is, not every job candidate is a go-getter or over-achiever. Additionally, not every job candidate succeeds in a team setting or can stay focused when working from home.

While your work ethic might seem like a minor detail when compared to your skills and experience, this quality greatly influences your success once hired for a job. This is why you must be open and honest about your work ethic during job interviews.

For example, let’s say the interviewer asks about your ability to meet strict deadlines. You think back to your previous jobs and remember that you missed deadlines often. In this scenario, you’d have to explain how you’ve had difficulty meeting deadlines in the past, but you’ve since learned how to break larger deadlines into more attainable pieces.

Genuinely express your personality.

One of the most important qualities employers look for when interviewing candidates is whether they’re a cultural fit.

For example, let’s say the interviewer asks if you enjoy working in teams. In your mind, you’re thinking, “To be honest, I prefer to work alone, but I guess I can work in a team.” Do you tell the truth or do you tell a white lie?

Instead of lying to the hiring manager and stating you love working in teams, explain how you are capable of working in teams, but you excel when you work independently.

Know your limits.

Knowing your limits is essential to landing a job because it will help you find the best position for your career and personal needs. The last thing you want is to accept a job that will make you miserable and motivate you to quit in six months.

For example, let’s say the hiring manager wants to know if you’re comfortable working some weekends. Immediately, you think to yourself, “No way! I need to teach tennis lessons on Saturdays.” Instead of lying about your desire to avoid working weekends, try to negotiate your schedule with the hiring manager. If you’re the right talent for the organization, the employer should work with your personal needs.

Accept your flaws (and improve them).

It’s very likely an interviewer might ask you about your failures or mistakes you made in previous jobs. This is why it’s important to accept your flaws and take action to improve them.

Remember, not a single job candidate has had a perfect career. If an interviewer asks you about a time you failed, be honest with your answer, but explain how you learned from the experience.

Look at the big picture.

Is this just a temporary gig? Do you want to spend the rest of your career with the company? When you arrive at any job interview, you should have an idea of how this job will fit into your overall career.

Let’s say you’re in an interview and the hiring manager asks why you’re interviewing for the position. If the truth is that you know the company is known for its work-life balance, then talk about this perk and explain how it will make you a better employee.

Being honest and transparent during a job interview is crucial to your success. By owning up to the truth and providing genuine answers, you’ll likely find a job that is the best fit for your career and personal needs.

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