Killer Tactics for Answering Interview Questions
“Since the interviewer has a motive in any question then you also have to have a motive in every answer.”
Before studying the detailed questions and alternative answers that you will convey to the interviewer, in this section I will give you some tricks or strategies in answering any questions from the interviewer.
Knowing the Question’s Motive
You have to know that every question asked by the interviewer is not a common question without any meaning, more than that, every question always contains motive. Simply, the motive of every question asked by the interviewer can be grouped into three major groups:
1. Do you want to know whether you are able and willing to work? From this first motive, there will be a few questions that are closely related to the skills, competencies, experience, loyalty, as well as other things that can show yourself in terms of the ability and willingness to work. Here are some examples of questions that come from this motive:
- Do you have the skills required in this position?
- Do you have experience in this kind of work?
- Or, do you have any basic academic that relevant with the competencies needed by this position?
- Are you a loyal?
- Are you a person who is very dependent on the mood?
- Do you plan to enter the civil service this year?
All of these questions stem from the interviewer’s motives who wanted to know exactly whether you have the ability and willingness to work or not.
The trick in answering the questions that emerged from this first motive is to provide a data. That is a data which is concrete, rational, clear, and convincing.
You can only do this to eliminate the interviewer’s doubt on your ability and willingness. The answer is always used a positive information, number, elaborating the example of your skills, tell personal experiences that will strengthen the image of your skills, work experience, and other success, and other ways to convince your job interviewer.
2. Want to know your personality or personal characteristics. There will be various questions appeared from this motive that lead to your personal side, such as:
- What could make you so angry?
- What is your hobby?
- Which one do you prefer Gus Dur or SBY?
- Are you creative?
- What book do you read?
- What do you do first when you wake up late?
And with other questions that will dig up your personality or your characteristic.
In answering this question, of course, honesty is the best way. However, you also do not have to show all the things within yourself. The strategy is to understand the true direction of your job interviewer and give an honest answer, but do not too open. Remember: if the interviewer has a motive in any question then you also have to have a motive of each answer.
I will describe technically: when you’re actual condition has the potential to reduce the interviewer’s assessment of you then you still have to answer honestly, but soon you have to show that you are a person who constantly improve, or just show that you have other positive side that can be an additional value from that weakness.
A case in point: when the interviewer asks “What things can make you so angry?” through this question, the interviewer wants to know if you are a temperamental or not. If you answer these questions with trivial things then of course the interviewer’s assessment will be negative. So the strategy is, say one thing that can enrage you honestly – choose a very principle reason – after that tell them that you were able to manage your emotions. This can be shown by telling your personal experience or by other ways.
Another strategy to convince your interviewer is by strengthening your answer by using examples, showing your achievement, or reviewing the positive things that become your personal passion.
3. Are you able to socialize in the workplace?
Keeping the conduciveness of the workplace is something that is very crucial since it will have a direct impact on the company or institution’s productivity. Therefore, the interviewer will dig up as deep as possible, whether you have good adaptability, whether you will be a bad influence on the work environment, and other matters related to your socialization process. Here are some examples of questions that go into this third motive:
- How would you rate your previous boss?
- Is there any work culture in your previous company that you do not like?
- Do you often meet your colleague outside the office hours?
Since the interviewer’s motive is wanted to know your social side, then you also have to have a motive “I am a good person socially” in each of your answer.
How you do it:
- Answer it by showing the way you use when interacting with others.
- Tell the positive side of other people and never reveal the negative side.
- Support your answer by giving examples.
Tactics for Delivering the Answer
Now, you know that every question from the interviewer always has certain motives associated with yourself. Thus, the way to deliver the answer becomes an important thing since it will determine whether your answer can meet the interviewer’s satisfaction or otherwise. If the first happens then your motives to portray yourself in accordance with the company or institution’s hope are applying successfully. However, if the interviewer is not satisfied then you fail to fulfill your motives contained in each answer.
In presenting the answer to any questions from the interviewer, we recommend you to follow a few tricks that I will explain in the following below:
1. Provide information. You have to know that the job interviewer want you to talk more because the more you talk, the chances to “unearthed” will be even greater. However, on the other hand, you also have to provide understandable information. So the trick is, always give brief information but still substantive. Answer each question with a short answer but dense. Please train yourself in order to be able to deliver the answers or ideas to the point without trembling.
2. Change the interviewer’s questions or ask other questions.
Not all the interviewer’s questions should be answer immediately. There are times when we have to respond the question with the question, especially when you do not understand the question’s purpose correctly. If it happens, do not hesitate to say; “Could you be more specific” or “I do not understand what you mean by (a term).” Find a way to change the question or ask another question.
3. Avoid answering the questions. There will be a moment when you are dealing with a question that you should avoid since it will be risky if you directly answer the question. You can use a strategy like humor, or paused and then say that you need time and some consideration to answer that question. For example: when you are asked about your desired salary, you can answer with, “I believe that the decision to choose a career path is not solely determined by financial considerations. Therefore, if it is permitted I would like to answer this question after we discuss about my qualifications.”
4. Do everything you can to convince your interviewer. Give some evidence, convey the data, tell the story, even challenge your interviewer. For instance, by the time you got the question, “Are you really able to operate the X software?” you can answer with: “I am ready to be tested today.” Remember: the job interview process occurs in a very short time but it was very decisive for your career. Then, the totality becomes inevitable. Do everything. You can do eye contact, gesture, and various other efforts. However, you should still be able to control yourself and look elegant.
5. Use humor. Although the use of humor in the interview is actually quite risky, and also not easy to apply it properly, but humor can be an appropriate tool to overcome the difficult questions. The thing to remember is, do not use humor if your relationship with the interviewer still very formal and stiff. If the relationship has begun to thaw, you can use a little humor and with caution. The appropriate use of humor can make the interviewer impressed. Example of the use of humor: you get the question “Do you want to sit in my chair one day?” You can reply with answers that contain humor, for example: “Of course, as long as you have got a much more comfortable seat.”
6. Body language. Try to avoid contradictions between verbal answer (oral) with your non-verbal response (body language, gesture). Since a reliable interviewer knows very well about your body language: he can easily tell when you brag, feel embarrassed, hurt, anger, and other feelings that you hide. For instance, if you were asked: “Are you willing to reduce the amount of salary that you expect?” You can reply, “Could you inform how much the reduction?” with a calm body language. Of course, it needs practice. To train this we have explained in the previous section.
7. Smile. Keep your smile during your job interview session. Keep your smile when you answer a question no matter how. Do you believe that a person who speaks with smile on his face tends to be easily believed that he is right and can be easily attract the sympathy of the interlocutor? Moreover, smile can release endorphins (natural painkillers) and serotonin so that you will always look relaxed and happy during the job interview.