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- "What is more important to you, the money or the job?" Great, if I say "the money," the hiring manager doesn't think I'm motivated to do the work. If I answer with "the job," the manager doesn't think I'll be upset with a smaller salary offer.
- "Do you prefer to work alone or with others?" Swell, I can like to work by myself and be thought of as a poor team player with no collaborative abilities, or else I work so well with others I can't get anything done by myself.
A second way to answer the forced choice is to pick a third option that isn't presented by the interview question. "Do you work better with a manager that gives you free reign to complete your work the way you want or do you like being micromanaged to get your work done?"
For that type of question, you ignore both options presented and offer up a third alternative to answer this question. "I like a manager that provides clear direction, is open to seeing early versions of the work so we can make sure I'm on track, and to help clear obstacles that might prevent me from getting done."Thanks, Cube Rules, that's one problem sorted out. Of course interviews still have plenty of other dangers. What's the most impossible-to-answer interview question you've ever been asked?
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