Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

What to do when the job interviewer doesn’t ask the right questions

Apr. 24, 2015 Forbes

But some interviewers don’t–and that may hurt your chances of landing the job.

I spoke to career experts to find out what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.

Know what you want to say ahead of time.

Before the interview, study the company and the job description thoroughly and then write down anecdotal stories, results, and success that best elucidate the skills you have that the position is looking for, says Isa Adney, author of Community College Success and the blog “With these selling points in mind you should do everything you can to answer a ‘bad’ question with the things you want to get across the most.”

Come up with creative and subtle ways to shift a question to an area you want to make sure gets addressed.

Adney says you never want to insult the hiring manager, avoid a question completely, or go off topic from what they are asking—“but, if done well, you can answer their question and then transition to sharing skills and stories you know are highly relevant to the job. This takes a lot of finesse and you should practice with a mentor and get lots of feedback.”

Read More on Forbes

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

A CEO’s Guide to Planning a Return to the Office

Today’s decisions will set the tone for the future.

Read More

Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Strong Leadership

Here’s How to Sharpen Yours

Read More

I Tried 4 To-Do List Methods. Here’s What Worked.

Good advice for starting your next career.

Read More

5 Ways to Improve Diversity Training, According to a New Study

All too often, these programs are ineffective and short-lived. But they don’t have to be.

Read More

Plant-based diets reduce risk of heart disease, dementia, study finds

What does it mean to go plant based?

Read More

How to Deal with a Shockingly Big Utility Bill

Extreme weather can lead to changes in your utility bills. Be patient and take action.

Read More

Long-term, heavy coffee consumption and CVD risk

Too much coffee could take a toll on your heart health.

Read More

Is the Division of Labor Fair in Your Marriage? Here’s How to Figure It Out

Setting expectations about who does what — and adjusting them again and again — is crucial.

Read More