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How To Answer The Five Dumbest Job Interview Questions

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

This story lays out five old-school, insulting job interview questions that have no business on any 21st-century interviewer’s agenda or lips.

Some people haven’t gotten the memo that the traditional, power-inequality-driven interview questions are embarrassing throwbacks. They brand an employer as out of touch and behind the times.

Still, many interviewers ask the same tired job-interview questions today that interviewers were asking when The Beverly Hillbillies were on the air.

If you get hit with one of these brainless job interview questions, you can’t very well say “Liz Ryan told me only clueless and behind-the-times interviewers still ask that question.”

That answer wouldn’t win you any brownie points with the interviewer, and in any case, the company may well force its interviewers to ask interview questions that should have been retired half a century ago.

You have to answer the interview questions they ask you, no matter how ridiculous and juvenile those question may be. If you don’t want to answer a question, your only other option is to get up and leave.


Here are three suggested answers for each of my five past-its-expiration-date interview questions. You can choose the answer to each question that feels most comfortable to you.

The low-mojo answer to each of our five obnoxious interview questions is the traditional answer. This is the answer a brainwashed Sheepie Job Seeker will typically deliver.

The medium-mojo answer shows a little spark and personality.

The high-mojo answer is my favorite of course, and the high-mojo answers you’ll read below are the frame-shifting answers that tend to get people job offers.

You might not believe that at first, but after a bit of reflection it will hit you that your goal in a job interview is to get the interviewer to think — not to let him or her sleepwalk through the interview.

My high-mojo answers will force the interviewer to think, and that’s what you want. You’ll offer your answer in a friendly way, of course — you’ll invite the interviewer to think about the actual meaning of the words in his or her question.

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