In a job interview situation, you hold so many cards over a candidate that it’s only natural to become infused with a delusional sense of power. You’re suddenly an interrogator, a godlike gatekeeper, a wise elder with the power to change the course of a life. It can lead to asking lots of questions not because they’re useful, but because you simply can.
Before you launch into an unfocused round of tired and outright useless queries, you may want to brace yourself for Gerald.
See, Gerald’s the interviewee you never expected: the one who intends to throw your poorly conceived softballs right back at you.
You: “So, Gerald, where do you see yourself in 10 years?”
Gerald: “Well, golly, which answer would you prefer—the one where I come off as being after your job, the one where I seem like I’m just using this place as a stepping stone, or the one where I appear not ambitious enough? Because no matter what I say, it’ll sound like...(register to read more)