Deal Breakers for Hiring Managers
Answering the wrong question can be just as bad as not answering any questions. Hiring managers have one goal in mind: Finding the right person for the job. Their interviews are structured to quickly evaluate candidates and to eliminate inappropriate fits. They have many things to do besides listen to expansive tangents from unqualified candidates. If you don’t have a good answer for the question, you shouldn’t then assume that spending 10 minutes answering a completely unasked question is an appropriate strategy. If you are asked to talk about a time that you had trouble working with a teammate, please give specific examples of that experience, then discuss how you resolved it. Don’t instead explain “that this one time at band camp…” Well, you get the idea.