Watch out for the `killer’ question

Three-quarters of employers admit they to try to catch out interviewees by asking a `killer question’, according to a survey by recruitment consultant Office Angels. It is warning candidates that their future prospects could depend on how they cope with the posers. Killer questions include: `Tell me a joke’; `Would you ever lie in the […]

Three-quarters of employers admit they to try to catch out interviewees by asking a `killer question’, according to a survey by recruitment consultant Office Angels.

It is warning candidates that their future prospects could depend on how they cope with the posers. Killer questions include: `Tell me a joke’; `Would you ever lie in the interests of your job?’ and `What was the question you did not want me to ask you?’

Bosses insist the tricky questions are designed to see how candidates think on their feet, not to catch them out. The survey of 500 employers found 95% of interviewers enjoy the process. Nearly seven out of 10 said candidates could be better prepared and show greater enthusiasm.

They identified three areas where interviewees consistently fail to impress: inappropriate dress (30%), arrogance (27%) and monosyllabic responses (25%). Almost half said candidates had arrived late without giving an excuse.