Mangostar/ShutterstockInterviews are always nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know what kinds of questions to expect. But Luis Von Ahn, CEO and founder of the free language app Duolingo, always asks the same question: “What would someone who doesn’t like you tell us about you?” While some interviewees glide through this question with ease and honesty, others dig themselves into a hole with their responses. (Here are 16 other tricky job questions—and how to answer them.)
One of the worst answers, according to Ahn, is saying that everybody likes you. “That’s not a good answer. Like, OK, you’re lying. You’re either lying or you’re clueless,” says Ahn. Another response that is not well-reciprocated is blaming people not liking you on the fact that they don’t understand you. While it may be true that some people don’t like you because they don’t understand or know you, this is not always the case. It is also important to note that blaming others or accusing them of being wrong right off the bat is a red flag for employers; being honest is key. In fact, research shows that revealing your weaknesses at the beginning of an interview and saving your strengths until the end tends to go over very well with employers.
In addition to interview questions, body language also plays a huge role when giving a first impression. Giving too weak or too strong of a handshake, fidgeting, and keeping prolonged eye contact are some turn-offs for employers. There are also certain words that you should always say, words that you should never say, questions that you should always ask, and questions that you should never ask that make a big difference when you are being interviewed. Long story short, interviews can be really tough; that’s why we have these 21 tips to help you get through them!