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Interview foibles are more common and easier to make than you imagine!

Career Experts form Middle East's No. 1 job site Bayt.com have come across more than their fair share of them from unususpecting professionals interviewing with leading employers across all industries and all career levels. Below are just a few examples of interview answers that are best avoided at all costs and are most likely to NOT get you the job.

Q1: Why did you leave your last job?

I tend to get bored and lose interest in my assigned job responsibilities very easily: that’s the main reason why I changed 3 jobs during the past 2 years. I am always on the hunt for something new, fresh and interesting! I feel my employer completely owes it to me to keep the work environment and assignments fresh and new and exciting always.

Q2: What interests you most in this position?

I am very interested in the position you have posted, predominantly and almost exclusively because of the very attractive package. I know a couple of your employees (X&Y) from my gym class and they both mentioned they really don’t mind the unmitigated monotony of their jobs since the pay is so high.

Q3: Why should we hire you?

I am the perfect fit for this position, mainly because I am willing to accept what no one else will (that is the lowest package you have to offer). I am knee deep in debts that I need to pay off. Without this job I would be in very serious trouble with the bank.

Q4: What are you mainly looking for in your next job?

As I have numerous interests outside of work which occupy a lot of my time and attention, I am mainly looking for a rather easy, undemanding job that does not require my full attention or my full energy and efforts and one that does not keep me busy at the office the entire day.

Q5: What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

I have never kept track of my accomplishments. I have had so many over the past 10 years in every sphere of life be it educational or professional or otherwise, that matters are now mixed up in my head and I can no longer recall any specific achievement or accomplishment.

Q6: What is your biggest strength?

One of many of the strengths that I possess is my unbeaten ability to bend the truth without getting caught. I have done it before with clients and generated millions of dollars in revenues for my ex-employer.

Q7: What is your biggest weakness?

I have many weaknesses but I will only state the main one which is my tendency to forget rather quickly: I forget meetings, I forget tasks to be accomplished, I forget deadlines. Everyone recommends setting daily to-do lists but I honestly don’t believe in those. A good manager in my opinion shouldn’t and wouldn’t mind reminding his staff consistently of important deadlines and I am definitely looking for such a manager.

Q8: How would you describe your relationship with your ex co-workers?

My relationship with my co-workers was just great. We were all on the same wave: Stand United as one… and mock the big Boss!

Q9: How was your relationship with your former bosses?

It was always on the rocks. All three of them were too demanding and never seemed content with my deliverables. It is true that I might have missed deadlines, more often than not, but it was all for a very valid reason: I wanted to deliver a job perfectly accomplished...And I did, just a little too late a little too often.

Q10: How do you work under pressure?

Unlike other professionals I know, I never panic under pressure. As a matter of fact, I once fell asleep while working late one night on a very tight deadline and I only woke up the next morning. True, I did miss the deadline at the time, but the important thing is I did NOT panic under pressure!

Q11: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I will definitely be living on a deserted island somewhere, doing nothing but tanning and collecting seashells and pebbles. I definitely do not want to be working in 5 years time.

Q 12: What is the most convenient time for your referees to be contacted?

Are you seriously considering getting in touch with them? Just so you know, the first one was deported from the country a year ago due to some illegal work he was doing on the side, and the other one’s grandmother passed away 6 months back and she has been going through a severe case of grief since then so I am not at all sure she is taking calls just yet!!

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Reader's Comments

1. Agatha JenyeThis answer can turn on my employer in a right way and he accept good decision. Also, even it's good that interview replace for me interesting position like 2// vices high school and university writing scholarships (feb). Thanks for posting.
Fri 08-Jul-2016 16:10 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
2. AJMAL THORAKKATTILGood post, informative and funny !. <br />Expecting better answers for the above questions to grab the job.
Thu 19-Nov-2015 16:53 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
3. HITESHKUMAR TALATIBe positive and think postive act postive and listen postive speak postive communicate positive thenall interveiw simple.
Sat 17-Oct-2015 13:19 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
4. Naseem AhmedThank you I like it all answer true.
Sat 08-Aug-2015 22:14 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
5. Gayasuddin MohammedDo people give such answers in interview? I really doubt as it is common sense that will lead to destruction!
Thu 18-Jun-2015 14:14 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
6. zafer alzaeemنصائح جيدة ..................
Thu 18-Jun-2015 10:30 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
7. Jagath KalubandaraSome answers are very funny... do really people answer like this???
Sun 14-Jun-2015 08:25 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
8. Mai Al-MajadiThis was an interesting read. I really can't imagine that anyone would actually answer any of these questions in this manner though. No offense inteneded, but I believe it would be common sense not to give such a damaging impression at an interview by &quot;saying the wrong thing&quot;.
Wed 28-Jan-2015 15:33 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
9. Vikas GautamjiA very thanks for your advices
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Sat 03-May-2014 18:38 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
11. Clement DenisWow. It's just the worst answer possible.
Thu 06-Dec-2012 09:58 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
12. meriem hassinethnx bayt :)
Fri 16-Dec-2011 19:03 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
13. Nessim Liamani"Q10" is soooo Fun! Hahahaha
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Fri 26-Aug-2011 11:23 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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Thu 31-Mar-2011 06:28 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
16. Jijo Varghese PaipadHilarious!!!
Tue 14-Sep-2010 08:23 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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Tue 01-Jun-2010 21:07 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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Wed 09-Sep-2009 08:18 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
22. Donald ThorntonI have never been asked these questions during an interveiw. Most questions i was asked were geared toward my experience in the construction fiuld and my job qualifications. Of course i live in the states and they may do things a bit diffrent here. My greatest accomplishment was saving my oldest daughter from drugs, but that would never be given to an employer.
Sat 22-Aug-2009 16:41 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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