Question 4: The “Silent Treatment”
TRAPS: Beware – if you are unprepared for this question, you will probably not handle it right and possibly blow the interview. Thank goodness most interviewers don’t employ it. It’s normally used by those determined to see how you respond under stress.
Here’s how it works:
You answer an interviewer’s question and then, instead of asking another, he just stares at you in a deafening silence. You wait, growing a bit uneasy, and there he sits, silent as Mt. Everest, as if he doesn’t believe what you’ve just said, or perhaps making you feel that you’ve unwittingly violated some cardinal rule of interview etiquette. When you get this silent treatment after answering a particularly difficult question , such as “tell me about your weaknesses”, its intimidating effect can be most uneasiness, even to polished job hunters.
Most unprepared candidates rush in to fill the void of silence, viewing prolonged, uncomfortable silences as an invitation to clear up the previous answer which has obviously caused some problem. And that’s what they do – ramble on, sputtering more and more information, sometimes irrelevant and often damaging, because they are suddenly playing the role of someone who’s goofed and is now trying to recoup. But since the candidate doesn’t know where or how he goofed, he just keeps talking, showing how flustered and confused he is by the interviewer’s unmovable silence.
BEST ANSWER: Like a primitive tribal mask,the Silent Treatment loses all it power to frighten you once you refuse to be intimidated. If your interviewer pulls it, keep quiet yourself for a while and then ask, with sincere politeness and not a trace of sarcasm,
“Is there anything else I can fill in on that point?”
That’s all there is to it. Whatever you do, don’t let the Silent Treatment intimidate you into talking a blue streak, because you could easily talk yourself out of the position.
Question 5: What are your outside interests?
TRAPS: You want to be a well-rounded, not a drone. But your Interviewer would be even more turned off if he suspects that your heavy extracurricular load (your curriculum vitae) will interfere with your commitment to your work duties.
BEST ANSWERS: Try to gauge how this Bank’s culture would look upon your favorite outside activities and be guided accordingly. You can also use this question to shatter any stereotypes that could limit your chances. If you’re young, mention an activity that connotes wisdom and institutional trust.
But above all, remember that Bank is hiring your for what you can do for it, not your family, yourself or outside organizations, no matter how admirable those activities may be.
MAKE YOUR HOBBIES YOUR FIREWALL. USE THEM AS THE BANK NEEDS THESE.
Question 6: How do you feel about reporting to a younger person?
TRAPS: It’s a shame that some interviewers feel the need to ask this question, but many understand the reality that prejudices still exist among some job candidates, and it’s better to try to flush them out beforehand.
The trap here is that in today’s politically sensitized environment, even a well-intentioned answer can result in planting your foot neatly in your mouth. Avoid anything which smacks of a patronizing or an insensitive attitude, such as “I think they make terrific bosses” or “Hey, some of my best friends are…”
You must make your answer believable and not just automatic. If the firm is wise enough to have promoted peopled on the basis of ability alone,they’re likely quite proud of it, and prefer to hire others who will whole heartedly share their strong sense of fair play.
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