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Learn The Motives Behind Interview Questions And Improve Your Responses

When you’re being interviewed for a job, the person interviewing you isn’t always clear with their objectives for their questions. They will often hide their intent behind a simple question to see how you respond. Career Management consultant Jayne Mattson demystifies a few of the most common questions over on Mashable and suggests the best ways to respond.

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When an interviewer asks questions they’re looking for more than just the obvious response. For instance, one of the most common questions, “What did you admire and dislike about your last boss?” is a way to see what your leadership style is like, not your former bosses. Other questions like “How do you like to be rewarded for good performance?” or “Can you describe in detail which company culture you excelled in and why?” are to gauge your personality type to ensure you’re a cultural fit. Your response should mould with the company’s culture. Research it ahead of time and formulate your response based on the research. For instance, if it’s a buttoned-down office, don’t talk about the basketball court your boss made in the waiting area of your last job.

Hit up Mashable for a full breakdown of some of the common questions you’ll hear and what they really mean.

Inside the Recruiter’s Head: What He’s Really Asking You During the Interview [Mashable]