Honesty is the best policy

Sometimes, for my interview practice, I like to apply for positions at companies I have absolutely no interest in. Although, I’ve never tried being completely honest with them, I think it would be very interesting to see what would happen if I did give them my 100%, honest answers. I found a list of common questions, and here’s my honest answer to them all.

For the roleplay, we’ll say I am applying for a small marketing firm.

1. Why did you apply for this job?
Just wanted to see if I could get the job, and to gain valuable interviewing experience for my real job

2. Why do you want to work for this company?
I really don’t but if I do get the job, I’ll probably stick around just to network with some of the other employees here.

3. Why should I hire you?
I think my resume speaks for itself, also, if you weren’t interested in me, I wouldn’t be here

4. What would you do if this happened?
If I got hired? I’d probably tell you I’m ecstatic and grateful for the opportunity and just go about my day.

5. What is your biggest strength?
Whatever the task, I get it done. If you give me 2 weeks to complete a project, I will indubitably accomplish this goal within 3-5 days and for rest of the time, I will look like I’m working so hard you will consider giving me more time, or a raise.

6. What is your biggest weakness?

7. What was your worst mistake and how did you learn from it?
Too many to say, I probably make at least 3-5 a day. I learn from it by trying to not do it again…

8. What accomplishments in your last position are you most proud of?
They call me Alex “G” Kang… G for Grand, I bring in at least 1g a week in sales. I am a profit making machine aka people-convincing machine

9. Describe a challenge that you faced and how did you overcome it?
Nothing I do is really a challenge… some things are burdensome, but are doable. Like getting around without a license is burdensome and I guess can be considered a challenge; I overcome it by riding my bike, getting picked up or utilizing the metro.

10. Why did you leave/ are you leaving your last job?
I won’t be, your job is for fun.

11. What do you want from this job?
Make some new friends, make a little bit of money and build upon my resume.

12. What are your career goals and how do you plan to achieve them?
Making more money and for that I keep switching jobs every two years or so

13. What do you know about our company?
I can recite your company’s mission statement verbatim and any other information I thought would be useful from your website.

14. What salary are you expecting?
Anything really… I make money by other means, so I get by on my own. This interview is just for the sake of gaining experience and proving to myself how great I am.