Another addition to the killer interview questions collection: what makes you angry?.
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It’s a tough one to answer, because it’s an incredibly delicate balancing point. On no account should you turn bright green and tear everything but your purple pants off before hurling a table into a wall.
Equally, though, what the question is really challenging you to come up with are passion points, and that’s delicate territory depending on the job you’re interviewing for.
Espousing how you loathe the environmental destruction wrought by big oil isn’t likely to swing well in an interview with BP, and neither is coming across as a soulless automaton who never gets fully engaged with any topic, because you’re not going to get engaged in your prospective work, either.
One approach could be short answers that leave the detail to the interviewer’s imagination; stating that concepts such as injustice make you angry leaves the impetus with them to either ask for elaboration or move onto a less explosive question.
How would you answer the question?
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