Good and Bad

  Home  Career Counselor  Good and Bad

“Good and Bad Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Good and Bad interviews. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts”

27 Good And Bad Questions And Answers

1⟩ Why do you want to work with us?

These answers are shallow and completely focused on the benefit to the job seeker:

☛ My mom said I had to get a job. (Highly-motivated job seeker!)

☛ Because I would look GREAT in your uniform!

☛ This is a short walk from where I live now.

☛ I understand you give employees great discounts.


3⟩ Why do you think you should be hired?

Most of these answers are worrisome:

☛ I do not know. (Neither will the employer.)

☛ No one else will hire me.

☛ I am unemployed.

☛ I am desperate.

☛ I need the money.

☛ I need a job.


4⟩ What is your greatest weakness?

These answers are losers:

☛ I do not have any. (Amazing and unbelievable!)

☛ I have so many, it is hard to pick just one.

☛ I am not a good speller. (secretarial job)

☛ I hate dealing with difficult people. (customer service job)

☛ I am bad with math. (analyst job)

☛ I am not very good with the newer versions of Microsoft Office. I like Office 97 best.


5⟩ Tell me about yourself?

These answers did not inspire the interviewer to recommend hiring these job seekers:

☛ There's not much to tell. (Professional spy?)

☛ My real job is rock musician. I am the drummer. But our agent quit, so we do not have any gigs scheduled the rest of the year. We are looking for a new agent, and I hope to get back to that soon. That is what I really do.


6⟩ What hobbies and sports do you have?

Best Answer:

I collect stamps and coins, ski in the winter and sail with a friend on his boat in the summer. (Is the interviewer trying to find a pitcher for the company's softball team? There is no reason not to give a direct answer, although you are looking for a job based on your business skills, not your sports ability.)


7⟩ When was your last physical exam?

Best Answer:

Two years ago. (This is an area in which you decide ahead of time whether to give a direct response to an inappropriate question, one that the employer may be using to learn about physical handicap. Since discrimination for handicaps is illegal, you are on safe ground to answer directly.)


8⟩ Do you own your own home, rent or live with your parents?

Best Answer:

I am not sure how this relates to the job. Can you explain? (The question is plainly discriminatory and against the law. Your answer doesn't offend and leaves the door open should the interviewer provide some relevancy, though that is unlikely. Some interviewers are simply nosy.)


9⟩ How did you get that scar/mark/other physical abnormality?

The ADA prohibits not only discrimination against those with an actual disability, but against those who are 'regarded as disabled. Prospective employers may, however, ask if you are able to perform essential functions of the job, with or without accommodation.


11⟩ Is your spouse employed?

Best Answer:

Yes, and very supportive of my seeking employment here. (Some employers believe that people from dual-income families have less incentive to work, are less dependable, and, therefore, are less productive. You've skirted the illegal question, laid to rest the concern and avoided and unpleasant confrontation.)


12⟩ What is your general state of health?

Best Answer:

I will be glad to take a pre-employment exam by your company physician to be sure I am able to handle the job. (The employer may be trying to uncover maladies ranging from AIDS to drug addiction. Your answer relieves those concerns without directly replying to the question.)


14⟩ What is your financial status?

A prospective employer cannot ask about your financial status or credit rating during the course of an interview. There are limited exceptions to this, if you are applying for certain financial and banking positions. In addition, employers can check the credit of job applicants, with the candidate's permission.


15⟩ Have you ever discharged from military?

You may not be asked about your type of discharge, or about your military records. Questions relating to foreign military service are forbidden as well. If you choose to answer these questions, you can indicate that there is nothing in your records that would impair your ability to succeed in the job.


16⟩ What is your ancestry?

There are few questions legal to ask relating to ancestry and race which are pertinent to employment. During an interview, you may legally be asked, "How many languages are you fluent in?

Faced with questions such as these, you can refuse to answer, stating simply, "This (these) questions do not affect my ability to perform the job."


17⟩ What is your religion?

An interviewer cannot ask your religious affiliation, or holidays that you observe. It is illegal to be asked your place of worship, or your beliefs. If you are asked questions of this kind, you may reply that your faith will not interfere with your ability to do the job.


19⟩ What is your gender?

In a face to face interview, it is unlikely that an interviewer will not know your gender, but important that your gender not be taken into account in her assessment of your ability to do the job. You can't be asked your gender during any kind of interview for a position, unless it directly relates to your qualifications for a job, such as an attendant in a rest room, or locker room.


20⟩ Who will take care of your children while you are at work?

Even if you have shared information about having children, there is no need for a prospective employer to ask who is taking care of them. The law prohibits making employment decisions based on gender stereotypes. "For instance, that women or men with children are less committed to work than those without."