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How to Answer Interview Questions – Q90

Job Interview Question

Why did you take a job that seems to be outside of your career path?

How To Answer Interview Questions Series

Table of Contents

[DDET Interview Questions 1- 10]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q1 -- Are you overqualified for this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- Are you willing to relocate?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q3 -- Describe a time when your work was criticized and how you handled it.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q4 -- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q5 -- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q6 -- Describe your work style.

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q7 -- Describe yourself to me in one word.

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q8 -- Do you prefer working in a team or alone?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q9 -- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q10 -- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.

[/DDET][DDET Interview Questions 11- 20 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q11 -- Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q12 -- Have you ever had difficulty working with a supervisor/manager?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q13 -- How can you apply your specific skills to help the organization achieve sustainable growth and generate revenues?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q14 -- How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- How did you deal with the situation the last time your boss chastised you or strongly or disagreed with a statement, a plan or a decision you made?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q15 -- How do I know that you still have the “fire in the belly” to do this job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q16 -- How do you deal with difficult customers?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q17 -- How do you deal with stressful situations?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q18 -- How do you evaluate success?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q19 -- How do you handle stress and pressure?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q20 -- How do you rate yourself as a professional?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 21- 30 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q21 -- How does this position fit in with the career path you envision for yourself?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q22 -- How have you responded to a colleague who is putting you down at work?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q23 -- How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q24 -- How long would you plan to stay with us?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q25 -- How much did / do you make?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q26 -- How was your working relationship with your previous supervisor?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q27 -- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q28 -- How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q29 -- I noticed that you are applying for a position that is not as senior as you past positions. Why would you consider a job that is, in effect, a demotion for you?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q30 -- If we hire you, what will we know about you a year down the road?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 31- 40 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q31 -- If you could be any animal which one would you be and why?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q32 -- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q33 -- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q34 -- If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q35 -- Is there anything I haven’t told you about the company that you would like to know?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q36 -- Situational Response Question:  An airplane landed in the parking lot. What would you do?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q37 -- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss about a way that something should be done. How did you handle that?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q38 -- Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation with a co-worker.

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q39 -- Tell me about a time when you failed.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q40 -- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 41- 50 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q41 -- Tell me about yourself.

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q42 -- Tell me your life story (more of your personal history).

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q43 -- Tell us about a failed project.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q44 -- Tell us about a time that you went against corporate directives. Why? How did it turn out?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q45 -- There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q46 -- We are looking for someone with experience…or, You don’t have enough experience—why should we hire you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q47 -- What are some of your greatest and/or proudest accomplishments?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q48 -- What are your advantages and DISADVANTAGES?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q49 -- What are your hobbies?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q50 -- What are your least favorite things to do in your role as a XXXX?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 51- 60 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q51 -- What are your pet peeves?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q52 -- What are your salary expectations?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q53 -- What are your workplace values?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q54 -- What did you earn at your last job?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q55 -- What did you like or dislike about your previous jobs? 

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q56 -- What do people most often criticize about you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q57 -- What do you consider your most significant accomplishment?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q58 -- What do you expect from a supervisor?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q59 -- What do you know about this company?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q60 -- What do you wish you’d done better?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 61- 70 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q61 -- What excites you and scares you about this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q62 -- What have you been doing since you got laid off?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q63 -- What have you learned from your mistakes?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q64 -- What is good customer service?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q65 -- What is your greatest weakness?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q66 -- What is your ideal job?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q67 -- What is your least favorite managerial task?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q68 -- What kind of money would you be interested in making?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q69 -- What makes you unique? 

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q70 -- What motivates you?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 71- 80 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q71 -- What questions do you have for us?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q72 -- What salary are you looking for?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q73 -- What type of work environment do you prefer?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q74 -- What was the last book you read?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q75 -- What was your least favorite part of your last job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q76 -- What was your most difficult work experience and how did you deal with it?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q77 -- What were the major challenges of your last job and how did you handle them?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q78 -- What were your responsibilities in your last job?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q79 -- What will you contribute to this job?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q80 -- What will you do if you don’t get this position?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 81- 90 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q81 -- What would you do first at this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q82 -- What would your friends tell me about you?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q83 -- What would your line manager say was the area you needed most development in?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q84 -- What you can do to make this company better?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q85 -- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q86 -- Who was your best boss and who was your worst?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q87 -- Why are you looking to leave your current job?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q88 -- Why did you freelance for so long?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q89 -- Why did you leave your last position?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q90 -- Why did you take a job that seems to be outside of your career path?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 91- 101 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q91 -- Why do you believe you are the best fit for this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q92 -- Why do you have a big gap in your employment history?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q93 -- Why do you think you can manage a team without any prior managerial experience?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q94 -- Why do you want to join this company?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q95 -- Why do you want to switch from an academic field to business/industry?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q96 -- Why do you want to work for someone else after owning your own business / freelancing?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q97 -- Why have you been out of work for so long?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q98 -- Why have you changed jobs so frequently over the past X years?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q99 -- Why haven't you been promoted?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q100 -- Why should we give you the job over the other candidates?  (Why should I hire you instead of someone else?)

  11. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q101 -- Why would you accept a lesser salary than what you made before?  (Won’t you jump ship when a better offer comes along?)

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So what happens when your potential employer is reading through your resume and they come across the job that doesn’t make sense? You have a job in your history that doesn’t fall within the logical progression of jobs in your field.  And they want to know why.

What they’re looking for here is at least some thought process…some understanding of who you are and where you’re going.  Why did you take that job? What they are afraid of is that you don’t know what you want to do and if they hire you, you might not want to hang around their company very long, either.  The hiring and onboarding process is disruptive to companies, and most want to minimize turnover so they can concentrate on making money.

There are actually a lot of valid reasons you could have taken an odd job that don’t reflect badly on you and will make sense to them:  Maybe you thought that industry experience was going to be really useful; maybe you thought that you could learn a lot from that boss; maybe you thought that skill set you’d pick up there would be a benefit to you. Going after additional skills is a positive.

Or, maybe the truth is that you had no other choice:  you needed a good job, and this was one.  Sometimes practicality is reason enough. Just explain that you have worked your tail off in that job, but now it’s time to move on to one that more closely fits your skill sets or your desired outcome as far as a career path goes.

They’re looking for you to make them feel better about something that puzzles them.  And unless you answer that question where they do feel better about it, you have not done a good job of representing yourself in the interview.  So you really need to think this through and put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager.

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Just explain to them what they want to know:  Are you being thoughtful about your career?  Are you making good decisions?  Or are you just impulsively taking any old job that sounds good? Why did you do this? And most importantly, does that have anything to do with why you want this job? Are you going to be happy in this career long-term?

Tell them why you made that decision, tell them what you learned from it, and then come back around to why you’d be a good fit for this job.

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