5 Tricky Job Interview Questions

There is a huge amount of information about job interview questions over internet. Nevertheless, knowing which question you may be asked during an interview is not enough. You must understand the core meaning behind it too. Because some questions may be tricky and provocative aimed to find out your personal qualities, rather than professional. I haven't been to many job interviews up to now (maybe about ten at most), but it was enough to observe and make a conclusion on which question had double meanings:

1. Why did you quit your previous job?
This question can be considered tricky because aside from the obvious meaning of this question, it has a dark side too. By dark side here I don't mean anything negative, I decided to name it the dark side because barely any job applicant understands the real meaning behind this question. What the interviewer really wants to find out asking you this question, is whether you are a gentleman or not. Yes, you did hear me correct. Mentioning the reasons of quitting your previous job is one thing, being a gentleman while describing them is another. The interviewer wants to find out whether you are going to gossip about your previous boss or teammates or not. The person who is willing to hire you does indeed understand that there might have been negative moments towards you (injustice, offensive attitude and etc) and giving a small hint about it is enough. They might even already know what happened and what made you quit because many HR recruiters from different companies give feedbacks about a certain employee to each other. It is more of an unofficial agreement to exchange with information that will contain either recommendations or negative feedbacks. That is why first of all you must be honest even if you are giving only a hint about what happened. Secondly, you must be a gentleman and describe it as for example: "there might have been a few negative moments in that company but I rather not mention them because it had nothing to do with my duties or professional activity. Despite the fact that I am no longer a part of that company, I would still prefer to keep some information confident due to corporate ethics". This answer was just an example of how you can be a gentleman in the interview's eyes. It will make your future employer assured that in case you leave their company one day in future, you will still keep corporate secrets and all general information about what's going on within the company walls to yourself. 

2. Why do you think you are the best candidate for this position?
Frankly speaking, I don't know whether there is a correct answer to this question or not. What I know for sure is that you shouldn't keep silent about strong qualities and skills that you have but at the same time, you shouldn't turn this answer into an "I am" game, where you would speak too big-headed about yourself and make fun of other candidates, whether you already know them or not. Modesty is the key position here. The answer I would usually give to this question was something like: "first of all let me mention that I can not claim to be the best candidate for this position, for I have not yet had a chance and honor to meet other candidates, among which, there might be great minds. And even if I did know them, I would prefer not to make any judgement no matter what. However, I can tell you that I am sure that if I start working here, I will devote myself to the company with full capacity, implementing my skills and the priceless experience I gained from people I'd worked with....." That's how I would usually start answering this question, by being modest about myself and respectful about others. So the rest is up to you to think of.

3. What is your salary expectation here?
Another tricky question. My first recommendation will be to find out about the salary range for the position you are applying for beforehand. Now this is not easy because in most companies it is confidential to spread information about salaries. Still, you can find some people who worked there or know somebody who works there now. Internet is also a great tool for that because you can google the position you are applying for and you will find a variety of answers from people around the world working in different companies and spheres. Thus, you may have a basic idea about the salary range so that in case it isn't satisfying, you won't waste your time for the whole application process. About the answer though, the golden rule here is not to bring up the case before the interviewer. He or she will ask that question anyway. The answer depends on you though. You can bargain and show that your skills cost a high price. But don't do it too obviously, you are not selling a scooter from your garage sale. Be flexible and act diplomatically. Personally I have never ever mentioned any numbers during any of interviews. Mostly because I managed to find out some information about the salary range before the application process. Thus, I would know the minimum and give it a shot if it was OK for me.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
To be sincere, I think this is the most annoying and most hated interview question ever. And judging by the indifference on the each interviewer's face I witnessed every time, I came to a conclusion that asking this question is just a standard procedure, i.e the interviewer probably doesn't even care about your answer. He or she doesn't care where you are going to be in five years. The company wants the best candidate now. They don't even know where themselves are going to be in five years. Nevertheless, answering even this question should be well planned beforehand. Here is what I usually answered: "I don't have any particular plans for the upcoming five years yet. I may have some personal life wise, though not career wise. Because I am a very flexible person and in case I start working for this company and fall in love with my new job, the teamwork and outstanding results, I may even bond myself to this company until retirement. Because I feel myself comfortable in a company and in a team where I can work on my experience and skills to full capacity and have that feeling that I have become an irreplaceable chain of this family. Thus sincerely speaking, the answer is yet to be found out"

5.  What do you know about our company?
Very good question that will easily earn you a few points. Most people read the basic "about us" page on the company web site. But you must go further than that. That's what I always did. Along with the official success story, I would search for the info not included in their official website. That would be information like: 3rd party projects, business partners, court cases and etc. It will show them that you are indeed interested in what they do and that you are not regular applicant who comes for the image and a decent salary.