Don’t Play Victim at the Job Interview

July 20th, 2009 by lewis

Once in a while, an interview candidate will blurt out, “Gosh, I didn’t expect to get that question.”

It’s a reasonable reply during an interview coaching session; my job is to pepper my clients with tough, unexpected mock interview questions. However, it’s the wrong response at an actual interview.

A challenging question can trigger a range of emotions: surprise, helplessness, anger, and a sense of impending embarrassment. It’s uncomfortable, but save the emotions and “I didn’t expect that” commentary. Expressing your emotions during the interview won’t help you get the job. It might actually hurt, especially if your comment is seen as your lacking confidence or preparation.

After the interview, if you still have concerns with a particular interview question, you can discuss it with the employer’s HR representative.

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