You are not supposed to lie when you answer interview questions. If you lie, you can be caught in that lie, and if you are caught in that lie you will not get the job under any circumstances. You can also be fired for lying during your job interview.
However, most of the time with job interview questions, your answers should not be entirely honest either. Questions such as “What motivates you” should not be answered with “Money.” You should answer with something that motivates you, but to a much lesser extent, ignoring the obvious answer in favor of the better answer.
Some Interview Questions Require Honest Answers
Some interview questions need to be answered with the utmost honesty, even if they will affect your job chances. That is because they may play a strong role in your employment, and the last thing you need is to find yourself in a job that you can’t stay with.
Below are examples of interview questions that will require a completely honest answer:
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Are you willing and able to work nights or weekends?
- Are you comfortable performing X tasks (only if you are completely uncomfortable and cannot do it)?
- Can you lift X pounds?
Notice how all of these interview questions have a theme. Each of these represents a question that you either can do or you cannot, and if you cannot you may not be able to perform your duties at your job. If you cannot travel, for example, then there is no reason to tell the employer you can, because there is a decent chance that you will be asked to travel sometime during your employment with the company.
Most interview questions you can stretch the truth, avoiding the “most honest” answer in favor of a better answer. However, if you are asked about abilities that you simply cannot do, it is important that you let the employer know. You may not get the job, but you would have had serious problems performing your job adequately if you had been employed.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Always answer honestly when you cannot or will not be able to perform a task your employer requests.