How to Outsmart Your Interviewer

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When in doubt, go with your gut.

In the case the interviewer asks you a cutesy question such as, "How many uses are there for a spoon?" give yourself a few seconds to collect your thoughts and provide your best answer. The employer is testing your ability to think on the spot. If you waste time debating your answer, you could over-think the question and even fumble on your answer. Try to go with your first, best answer and roll with it. Keep in mind that confidence is always key when answering the strangest interview questions.

As a job seeker, try not to get caught up in the pressure of these challenging questions. You don't have to be the most clever, witty, or creative candidate to outsmart an interviewer. All you need to do is arrive to the interview prepared, display your genuine personality, and allow your passion for what you do shine through.

Want to know your greatest strength as a job seeker? It's the fact that you can outsmart any interviewer.

What's important to understand when interviewing for jobs is that employers are looking to hire people who fit their culture. They want to bring people on board who are not only talented, but also someone they enjoy being around. Although employers may ask questions such as "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?" this really only determines if you can think on the spot and the type of personality you have.

The problem is, employers have the tendency to ask questions that don't truly measure your skills and experience. Sure, while they want to discover your weaknesses or learn about the leadership experience you have, this doesn't truly measure what you can bring to the company. It only shows the employer you were able to prepare a story of how you learned from a mistake or how well you can work in a team.

If you're preparing for an upcoming interview, you need to make sure all of your bases are covered. Not only should you prepare your accomplishment stories for common interview questions, but also you should think of the best ways to let your personality shine through. In addition, you need to make sure you are thinking of unique and genuine stories about your career that can help you outsmart any interviewer.

Do you want to be smarter than an interviewer? Here are tips to help you stand out in any interview, provided by Heather Huhman, writing for


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