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The Interview Curve Ball and How to Hit It Out of the Park

Interviews are important if you want to build up your career. They’re like a major league team calling up a promising minor leaguer; the organization wants to get a sense of how you perform at a higher level. So if you want to enhance your current job or kickstart a new one, you’ll need to make the most of the interview process. Here’s what you should know about the job interview curveball and how to hit it out of the park.

Surprise Them with Creativity

Great baseball hitters have the ability to hit the ball to different parts of the ballpark. It keeps the other team on their toes. You can use a little bit of this in your interview. Surprise the interviewer with creative answers. Say you’re asked if you were an animal, what would you be?, or if you had a superpower, what would it be?; think of something outside the box enough to make an impression but not too much that you come off as uncomfortable. With questions like these, it’s more about how you answer as opposed to what you answer.

Bunt When You Have to

Of course you want to smash the leather off every question pitched your way, but sometimes it’s helpful if you don’t swing for the fences. For example, one job recruitment websites suggests interviewers ask candidates: every resume has one lie in it; what’s yours? Many people have at least one area on their resume where they exaggerate or even flat out lie, so it’s best not to elaborate. Use humor to break any tension. Take the opportunity to explain what you meant by what you wrote and how you value honesty and integrity.

Load the Bases

If you’re asked a series of questions like the one above, where you can play up the importance of honesty and integrity, you can load the bases for a grand slam. With these questions, you’ve introduced and established a sense of moral character; in a sense, you’ve established your baserunners in place on first, second, and third. Now the interviewer lobs one over the plate, hopes to catch you flat-footed with a question like: where does your boss think you are right now? You’re ready for it. You can say you’ve used personal or discretionary time off and leave it at that. Don’t be afraid to add that you know people who have lied to their bosses in the past about their whereabouts, but you’re not comfortable doing so.

 

When it comes to your career, you should swing for the fences. Charter College has programs that offer professional certificates, Associate, and Bachelor’s degrees in in-demand areas. Curriculum are designed to prepare you for entry-level jobs using online courses, traditional classroom settings, or both. Charter College’s career services will also make sure you’re ready to enter the workforce with job search assistance, interview training, and resume building. Reach out to Charter College today to learn more.