6 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions


1. Why do you want the job?

– “I’ve read a lot about your company and I really think my skill-set could help out around here.”

This sounds very robotic and it doesn’t show any personality. Recruiters can know when you are being genuine and when you are trying to please them with a cliché. Be honest and focus on your skills, your goals and what the position/company has to offer you. Be specific.


2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work and how you resolved it.

– “I usually get along very well with everyone.”

It’s not true and it shows the recruiter that you probably don’t focus on your past experiences in order to improve. It’s true that there are some people that really get along with MOST people, but we all have experiences with people that are way too different from us. It doesn’t have to be a conflict but try to have a situation in mind to answer this question.


3. What do you think is your greatest weakness?

– “I’m an overachiever, and work long hours that leave me little time for anything else but serving the organization.”

Sometimes what we think the companies want to hear is exactly what keep us from getting that job. Don’t play this game, play safe. Prepare these answers before the interview and think of something that you can provide examples on how you are trying to improve your weaknesses.


4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

– “Going to the pub and sleeping”

Some companies ask this question to get to know more about the candidate. It’s not usually something that is going to take a big role in the decision but it’s more of an opportunity to create a human and genuine connection between the recruiter/company and the candidate. Take advantage of this question and smile, be funnier and show your social skills. Because here they are trying to get to know how you get along socially and break the ice.


5.  What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?

–  “Lunchtimes” – “Salary” – “Discounts” – “Holidays”

Show that you did your research and state the key aspects of the specific role that you are most excited about.


6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

– “I see myself doing your job”

Of course some companies will like this kind of answer but most will not. This kind of confidence works better in start-up companies. You can also use this same idea but use different words where you are not threatening the interviewer in any way. Be smart and be specific.




The perks of working in a start-up company

  • Learning Environment: Everybody is there to make mistakes and learn. Do it as much as you can.
  • Loyalty is the key: A closer leadership bring more loyalty within employees and employers.
  • Be prepared for change: Every day has a different flavor, take the best out of it.
  • Believe in the concept: Feel the company as your own and believe in its end goal.
  • More responsibility: You are not just another employee, you can make a difference.

Impressive Resumes

When you apply for start-ups you have to make sure your resume and cover letter reflects the spirit and the needs of a start-up company. Also in an interview for a start-up you have to show different skills and provide examples that can be linked with a start-up reality. Here are some of the main characteristics of a start-up company to take in consideration in the application process.

  • Choose wisely

    First of all you need to study the market and see which kind of start-up you want to be part of. There are thousands of start-ups starting every day. Most of them fail to succeed. Do your research and make sure you get involved in a successful project or one you can take the best out of the experience.

  • Long hours

    If you are expecting to have a great work-balance life, forget it. But it will not be imposed to you. You’ll choose to work long hours. This is the precious thing of working in a start-up: you get really involved and you feel you own the company. Your work becomes your life, in a good sense: you make friends there, you laugh all day, you go to bed with a mission-accomplished feeling. If this isn’t happening, then you are probably in the wrong company.

  • Get your hands dirty

    With the long hours comes the flexibility of your position in the company. The business is starting, everything involves a big risk. Get ready for change and to adapt yourself. You can have a job description but you’ll probably do a lot more than what you are “supposed” to do. And you’ll do it gladly!

  • Horizontal leadership

    Don’t expect to a have a boss in the formal sense of the word. You’ll find a much more horizontal leadership where you can take part on important decisions. Your voice will be heard. These can work for some people but not for always. Some people are leaders and some are followers and there are space for everybody. In fact, one wouldn’t exist without the other.


And at the end you will start to think about your own start-up! Are you an entrepreneur? Then start your business or join a start-up company.


How to Answer Stupid Job Interview Questions

One of LinkedIn’s influencers, Liz Ryan, wrote an article about those stupid question that you are not sure why they are asked. At Impressive Resumes we aknowledge Liz’s work and we found this article a great trendsetter for the future of Recruitment.


These are the questions Liz refers to in the article:

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

2. With all the talented candidates, why should we hire you?

3. What’s your greatest weakness?

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

We want to know your opinion on these:

– Were you ever asked these questions?
– Or did you ever ask them in an interview? Why?
– How would you answer them?
– Are they really stupid questions?



Does your resume reflect your personality?

Impressive Resumes with your Personality Stamp

Impressive resumes peronality type

According to BusinessNewsDaily, there are 10 personality types most likely to get hired. As we established before, recruiters are looking for attitude over skills, and attitude is a reflection of your personality. So how can you impress with your resume according to those 10 types of personalities?

10. The opposite of you

As small business owners have the tendency to recruit people with the same profile as theirs, most companies are looking for diversity. In your resume or cover letter, meet the company main values and goals, but state what you can bring something different from what they already have. Don’t try to predict what the company wants from you, bring the best you have and let them decide. After all we are looking for a win-win situation.

9. The promoter

If you relate to this profile, then you have an easy task in terms of how to work on the resume. Usually the promoter type is very communicative, assertive, with a sense of urgency and willingness to take risks. You have the perfect combination to make an impressive cover letter and an impressive resume. Highlight those communication skills with a storytelling type of cover letter, be as enthusiastic as you are in real life, while writing your resume and your cover letter. Don’t be afraid to write some of your ideas to improve the company’s business. If you do it the right way, recruiters are going to love you.

8. The Multitasker

This is one of the main characteristics almost every employer is looking for, especially if we’re talking about small business. If you had previous experience in this kind of environment, don’t be afraid to state the variety of responsibilities you held in that company. If you don’t have that experience yet, I’m certain that as a multitasker you are able to manage things in your life, such as volunteering experiences, associations’ participation, hobbies, etc.

7. The decider

Someone able to work and take decisions without depending on others is always a great value to any company. So if you are a decider, make that clear on your marketing tools. Especially in the cover letter, you have an opportunity to state how convinced you are about being the best candidate for that position. State your future goals with that certainty and you will win recruiters over.

6. Strategist

It’s easy to write on your resume that you have a strategy thinking, but how can you really show that? If you have had experiences before where you delivered high results in long-term position, highlight them the best you can. You can also show how strategic you are by talking about how that position you’re applying for is going to help you improve your skills to achieve your future goals. Writing that win the cover letter will tell recruiters you are thinking in the long-term of your career.

5. The organizer

This one is just as important as the strategist. Working in a team environment you are going to need as many different profiles as possible. Because if you’re having someone to bring the ideas, you’re going to have to have someone who is going to organize them. Your resume format and design can tell how organize you are. Regarding your cover letter, it should keep a certain flow and must be very clear with no grammar or spelling errors.

4. The cautious personality

You have the risk takers and the crazy brainstorming employees but someone’s got to play the devil’s advocate. That person is the caution one, always bringing the team to question about decision and business strategies. Usually this person has a more low-profile which can be a risk reflecting that on your resume. The cover letter is the best way for you to explain, based on past experiences, how you take the role of the person who bring the attention to details and bring future problems on the table causing the team to be solutions focused.

3. The service-oriented personality

Customer service and CRM are certainly crucial as part of every business. And let’s be honest only a few can deliver outstanding customer service. It’s all about the personality and how are you able to connect with the companies’ stakeholders. Highlight that from past experiences, talk about feedback you received from your former customers or awards you may have received as someone willing to help others at any time under any circumstance. A valuable social media network will also highlight your online reputation.

2. The analyzer

The analyzer can be compared to the cautious one. But the analyzer usually has a great focus on number and really evaluates risks of every action. Charts and numbers lovers can be helpful depending on the company and the sector. How to show you’re an analyzer in your resume? Sell yourself by analyzing yourself. Be creative and really evaluate your experience, use number and percentages to show your performance ability and hope for them to perceive the analyzer in you.

1.     The Accommodator

Someone able to deliver without constantly demanding from others. Proactive, self-motivated, organized and autonomous, the accommodator is a valued talent especially when talking about small business. It’s easy to put that in your resume if you already had some professional experience. By the variety of fields you have worked in and the high-standard delivering on results you will be showing you can manage to be successful when you have a specific task delegated.

So which types of personality do you have and how is your resume reflecting them?