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 FirstJobOutofCollege.com. “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.”