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During your interview, Should you lie or not !!!

During your interview, Should you lie or not !!!

When preparing for an interview, there is always the risk of getting caught off guard by unexpected questions, obstinate interviewers, or even being late accidently.

Well, there's always the circumstance where you know the answer to the question but are afraid it won't be the one your interviewer is looking for.

If your interview is on a Sunday, for example, you arrive at the location (office) and everyone is absorbed at their desks, working, and one of the interview questions is "What is your opinion on working on Sundays?"

"It's OK with me actually working on Sundays because it's a fantastic day to concentrate from the outside world," you say, swiftly calculating it in your thoughts while keeping in mind that everyone else is busy at their workstation.

But it's possible that your preferred response is the polar opposite of what you think the interviewer wants to hear, so if your preferred response is the polar opposite – "I don't prefer working on Sundays because that's when I go to church and spend time with my friends and family" – and you want the job but don't want to lie, you must be honest, and here's how you can do it:

  1. Recognize that you don’t know what the interviewer is looking for.

Using the previous example, perhaps everyone was working on an unusual arrangement on that Sunday, meaning they didn't work on Sundays on a regular basis, but the interviewer was only asking a random question that didn't require the candidate to lie, but who wants to work on Sundays anyway?

Interviewers, for the most part, expect you to be open and honest about your choices. They may be looking for particular qualifications and expertise, but they recognize that you are a human being, not a computer. You might think your response isn't correct, but it just might be the one that gets you the job.

  1. Try phrasing it differently.

There are many ways to kill a cat, as the adage goes. You can try to make that response that you think the interviewer doesn't want to hear sound more acceptable by rephrasing it.

In some circumstances, you may be able to be honest while still putting yourself in a good position by responding honestly.

For example, maybe your interviewer asks you whether you know how to use software x. The honest answer? I don’t know. I actually have never heard of it.

That is not going to sit well with your interviewer. So, instead of faking that you know it, think about saying it honestly and constructively, such as by focusing on how you can master that software.

I've never used software x before, but with my computer skills, I'm confident that I can quickly learn any computer software.

Although such a response may seem unappealing, interviewers are usually seeking for flexibility, honesty, and positivity, and it is these qualities that will get you the job.

  1. Feel free to inquire about anything.

Don't make the mistake of assuming you know exactly what the interviewer wants to hear. Simply ask a few clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the topic so you can react honestly while putting yourself in a positive position.

Taking the above example of working on Sunday, I'm assuming you don't want to work on Sundays in the same way you don't want to work on Saturdays. "I don't like working on Sundays, but if there are important things to be completed, I don't mind," you could say in response to the query. Do you work every Sunday? "I see everyone busy at their workstations, so do you work every Sunday?" This way, you're being completely honest while also emphasizing your flexibility, and, most crucially, you're learning if they work every Sunday and other pertinent facts. When you come out, the interviewer will usually open up, so be honest.

By the way, now is the time for you to analyze the opportunity, just as you are being reviewed. Don't just think about satisfying your interviewer if you want to be happy in your career; now is the time to figure out if the role is suited for you.

Ummm, before we go

4, figure out what works best for you.

You must understand what works for you, and this should be your benchmark, your guide, and what you should be seeking for instead of concentrating on pleasing your interviewer.

We know you want your answers to excite and or soothe the interviewer, but the truth will always come out.

Soon or later, your perfect job will come your way. Be "nice" while being truthful at the same time.

Tell us about a difficult interview Q & A situation you've encountered and how you got out of it.

Contributed by: Henry Mubiru Kweba. 

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