We know that interviews can be daunting; it may have been a while since your last time in the hot seat or perhaps you are more used to being sat at the other side of the table. What are those frightening questions that you dread to have to answer?

Our very own consultants have gone through the questions they sometimes hear about that can even put the fear into them!

  1. What is your most embarrassing moment?

You begin instantly thinking about that time you had too many cocktails on the Christmas do…“but will they consider this being the real reason I am leaving your job??”…OK play it safe…“something must have happened when I was younger once??”

  1. What are you hiding from me?

Yes that’s right we have heard this one before…“does he really know that I took a few months out of work 3 and a half years ago because I was unsure about whether I was in the right career??” We recommend that you say something that does not feature on your CV like I have a collection of stuffed animals?

  1. What have you told your employer about where you are today?

Aimed at putting you well and truly on the spot! “What could possibly be the right answer to this??” If you haven’t told your employer where you are; maybe keep it safe with “I have booked a holiday day and we aren’t usually asked the reasons”.

  1. No specific questions at all.

Surely most of us have been in those situations where the interviewer just lets you take control, not leading you in any direction with specific questions. Keep concise and relevant outlining and explaining all your experience which will proof your ability to do the job.

  1. How many planes are in the sky right now?

Logical questions. Other examples include; how many people are in Liverpool Street station right now? You get the gist? These are designed to understand how your mind works and whether you are a logical thinker or not. Not necessarily make or break questions; you either think this way or you don’t, all about getting to know you a little bit better.

  1. If you were an animal, what would you be?

“A dog, because I like them?, A lion, because they are strong? A fish, because I am good at swimming?” Instead try and think about the attributes you possess which you want them to be aware of and then an animal who matches with theses. Always back everything you say up with reasons and examples.

  1. Surprise! You have a maths test to complete…

Yes, we have known this happen without any prior warning. So just be conscious when marking your strengths on your CV, because you could end up being tested on these…and perhaps even watched when completing tests.

So these are our Seven scariest interview questions that we have come across in15 years of experience within the recruitment industry working with some of the best organisations in the world. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…