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Do you object to honesty or psychological testing?

This is only going to be asked by an organization that does this kind of testing. As I mentioned before, if you object, you were probably going to be eliminated.

What do you think about_(any controversial issue, i.e., politics, religion, anything in news that might be controversial)?

If it is that controversial, no matter what your opinion, don't give it. Say something like, "You know, I am trying to learn more about_. I'd be interested to know what your opinion is." I wouldn't necessarily agree or disagree. Simply state, "That's very interesting, I'm going to do more research on it myself."

How would you describe your personal character?

This is another dumb question, but you may very well hear it. The answer has to be along the lines of, "honest, a high degree of integrity, cooperative...," and anything else that might fit. Don't go on too long. Two or three descriptive words would do.

How would you describe your own personality?

Simply describe your personality in positive terms. Three or four descriptive terms will do.

Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit? Business or personal?

You have to answer this question very carefully. Lawsuits are usually public records, even if they are settled. So, if you have been involved in a lawsuit, state that you have and give a very brief description, one or two sentences about it, and then be quiet. Whatever you do, do not go on about how gruesome it was, who was right and who was wrong, what a mess it was, etc. Most business-people, if they've been around for any length of time have been involved in lawsuits. It would only become a big deal in an interviewing situation if you make get a stumbling block.

What will your boss say when you resign? Will he or she be upset?

This is a bit of a loaded question. It might be asked so that the interviewer can find out if you confided in your present boss, if your present organization knows that you were probably going to leave, or the interviewer just might throw the question out there to see how you will react. The best answer will be along the line of, "I'm sure my boss will be somewhat disappointed, but he or she has always been the kind who wants what's best for everyone in the organization. If finding a new job is best for my family and me, well, my boss might be unhappy about the situation for his and our company, but he will be pleased for me."

Can we contact your references, present/former employers?

The only alarming thing about this question is that you might not want anyone checking your present employer as a reference until after you have left your job. The only reason someone might ask you this question is to see how you react to it. So, you want to say, "I have no problem with your checking my previous employment references when we get to the proper offer stage. But I certainly would not want anyone checking with my present employer as I have not left, and they have no idea that I'm looking for a job."

Knowing what you know about the job you are interviewing for, what are the things that you're going to dislike the most?

Simple answer: "Well, from what I know so far about it there might be some things that I may not like as well as others, but I haven't found anything that I would dislike."

What is the least relevant job that you had?

Be pensive and think about this for a few moments. Then say something like, "Well, in just about every job that I've ever had, I learned something. There were jobs during college and right out of college that were not as relevant to my career growth as they could have been, but I sure learned a lot by working at them. I've always felt that, no matter how menial the task, I really need to do my best."

Sometimes people stretch the truth or don't tell the truth in order to protect themselves or their organization. Have you ever found it necessary to do this?

This is a really tough question. It ranks up there with the question of, "Do you ever lie?" Something along this line would work, with somewhat of a smile on your face, you say, "Well, I have been known to embellish a bit, but I've never been comfortable with covering up or stretching the truth. In situations where I've seen people fib, it inevitably comes back to haunt them. My experience is that one lie leads to another, then to another, and it's never really in anyone's best interest. Part of being successful in business is being able to present things just as they are, for better or for worse. I've always found that honesty is appreciated by most people."

 
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