Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Savvy hiring managers can glean a ton of information about you kids trick questions asking just a few, well-chosen questions. But while they may seem simple — that’s the point — some are actually designed to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal.
In other words: they’re trick questions. To uncover areas that may reflect inconsistencies, hiring managers sometimes ask these tricky questions,” says Tina Nicolai, executive career coach and founder of Resume Writers’ Ink. But they’re not just about exposing your flaws, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. Can you tell me about yourself? They ask to determine how the candidates see themselves as it pertains to the position. The employer wants to hear that the candidate did their homework,” says Nicolai. The interviewer is also listening for a level of confidence in how well the candidate portrays herself through the information that is communicated.
It can tempt you to talk about your personal life — which you shouldn’t! Most candidates are not versed in seeing this as a trick question, so they may answer by speaking from a personal perspective: ‘I have three kids, I’m married, etc,'” Nicolai says. Believe it or not, even the most seasoned candidate falls for this question especially when prompted by the interviewer to elaborate. What response are they looking for?