Five Traditional Interview Questions and Their Interpretations

Let’s begin by examining the most often used interview questions and putting a new spin on their interpretations. These questions have stood the test of time, and we should consequently recognize their value in the candidate-assessment process. Their inherent weakness, of course, lies in their overuse. Most of us can remember being asked these questions during our own interviews. And job-finding books and career magazines abound with suggested responses to help candidates steer clear of the interview-questioning snare vis-à-vis these popular queries waiting to trip them up.

Our exercise in this first topic, however, isn’t to employ questions just because they’ve been around for ...

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