How to Answer Sticky Interview Questionsposted by Anna Mar, February 10, 2013
How far will you go to win?
Sticky questions are the toughest interview questions, hands down. They are tougher than difficult interview questions.
Sticky interview questions are designed to test your ethical balance. Businesses aren't always looking to hire saints. However, they want to avoid hiring people who cross ethical lines.
The SetupSticky questions are often set up with a few normal questions.
Q: What's your approach to office politics?
Q: Why are office politics important?
Q: Have you used divide and conquer tactics to win political battles?
The first two questions are normal behavioral questions. Businesses want to hire people who can handle office politics.
The third question is designed to see if you take things too far. Businesses avoid hiring candidates who are the source of political drama or who take politics too far.
How to Answer Sticky QuestionsSticky questions are looking for an ethical balance. If a question sets off ethical alarms in your head, it's probably a sticky question.
There's no formula for answering sticky questions. Go with your conscious and find ethical balance.
Your conscious might not exactly match that of your interviewers. Being a little vague isn't necessarily a bad idea.
This post is part of the ongoing series of articles called how to win your next job.
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