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Interviews: Hidden meanings


You are being interviewed for a new job.

Some questions are commonly answered identically by everyone due to the social appeal of the 'right' answer. Here are some ways that interviewers might differentiate their questions, in order to get a more accurate response.

1. You are asked where you will be in 5 years time.

The interviewer is mostly interested in your:


  1. Dedication to the company
  2. Ability to set goals
  3. Imagination

2. You are asked to talk about what is more important in your life.

Which of the following would be the best answer?


  1. Career
  2. Family
  3. Recreation

3. You are asked to describe what you understand by 'position'.

The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of your:


  1. Authority
  2. Responsibilities
  3. Salary

4. You are asked many questions about socially undesirable behaviors.

The interviewer is trying to identify:



  1. Fakers
  2. Flawless employees
  3. Employees who have overly optimistic beliefs about themselves

5. You are asked if are interested in learning ways of handling stress in the workplace.

Which of the following would be the best answer?



  1. Agree
  2. Disagree
  3. Neutral

6. You are asked to talk about your parents.

What is the most probable reason for this question?


  1. It's important that your parents approve of the job.
  2. There may be a job for them.
  3. A parent's values often reflect those of the candidate.