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What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?
Advice
The interviewer is looking to see how you think on your feet. This can stand in for the common 'what is your greatest weakness' question. Because of the way it is worded, the candidate is not prepared with a scripted answer. There are two scenarios that commonly play out: either a candidate blurts out a weakness, or they pause and respond with something thoughtful. This gives the interviewer not only information about you, but also a good sense of if you can think on your feet and answer a tough question. Use this as an opportunity to show how a weakness can be a strength, or answer something they have not yet asked, but may be an objection to you getting the job. Remember: it is okay to pause and be thoughtful about your response rather than just blurt something out or seem too rehearsed. Be prepared, but be sincere in your replies. Let them see more of who you are as a person, and try not to give a canned response. For instance, an answer may look like this: "That's a tough one. Honestly, I was happy when you didn't ask about my having switched universities and taken longer to graduate, but I do feel it's important to explain. I left University of ABC when my mom was sick with cancer, and I moved back home to work and attend community college before finishing up my degree at XYZ, in my hometown. Luckily, she is well and I actually feel I got a better education at the smaller college, and learned a ton in the process about work-life balance and how to manage my time with so many things on my plate."
Answer examples
"That's a tough one. Honestly, I was happy when you didn't ask about my having switched universities and taken longer to graduate, but I do feel it's important to explain. I left University of ABC when my mom was sick with cancer, and I moved back home to work and attend community college before finishing up my degree at XYZ, in my hometown. Luckily, she is well and I actually feel I got a better education at the smaller college, and learned a ton in the process about work-life balance and how to manage my time with so many things on my plate."
Retail answer example
"I suppose I did not want you to dig into why I applied 3 years ago and rescinded my application. I feel embarrassed about it because I thought I was ready to leave my current organization and decided that, in order to really be the superstar I want to be at your company, I needed a bit more time and experience. I know that in these past three years I have learned everything I could need to know in order to shine at QWE and I can't wait to put those last 3 years of learning and growth into action."
Sales answer example
"I would say I didn't want you asking about why it took 5.5 years to graduate college, but now I'm bringing it up and so I'll share. I was working full time while attending college and double majoring. Initially, I was taking the full course load of 12 hours and working full time, then eventually I also switched my major, which added an additional semester. At that time, I hunkered down and upped the course load to 18 hours, which is an overload of credit hours while working full time and running the school newspaper. So, while it may have taken me longer, I definitely learned a lot both in and outside of the classroom, including time management and really upping productivity. I know these are important skills that I bring with me to any position, and look forward to leveraging them on behalf of your organization."
Marketing answer example
"I hadn't wanted you to ask about my proficiency in graphic design and related software, but I do think it's important to address. It's definitely an area for improvement for me, and something I'm actively working on through mentorship programs and online classes, even just YouTube videos and the like, too. I know that it's an important part of my knowledge base as I continue to move up the ranks, so it's something I am actively seeking to grow in, while being fully transparent that I am not a designer."

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What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?
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I do not watch TV shows. I watch only the ads. Even if I zap, there are only more ads.
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I do not watch TV shows. I watch only the ads. Even if I zap, there are only more ads.
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House of Cards, America Unearthed, Cake Wars.
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Akabbinkano, faceoff, and news.
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I don't have any right now.
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Friends, Frazer, undercover boss.
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VEEP, Downtown Abbey, and 60 minutes.
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1.) Love and Hip Hop New York 2.) Untold Stories of The ER 3.) Man Vs. Child Chef Showdown.
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House, Big Bang Theory, Prison Break.
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News Channels, Wheel of Fortune, The Voice.
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I did not watch tv only FM shows.
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Downtown Abby, family feud, wheel of fortune.
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Law in order, Chicago PD, Chicago fire.
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I watch a lot of anime online, besides that I watch the Big Bang Theory.
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Jersey shore, trailer park boys, and jersey shore.
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Downton Abbey, The Grinder, The Big Bang Theory.
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House of cards, better call saul, suits.
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Scandal, bold and beautiful.
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Pretty little lairs love and hip hop and bad girls club.
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Nature, American history and biography.
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Muvhango, generation, seem sam.
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I love its always sunny in Philadelphia, what not to wear and the carrie diaries.
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Mom, Modern family and Master chef Australia.
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Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, and Dance Moms.
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Streat outlaws, orange is the new black, and jessie.
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Empire, Criminal minds and Fuller House.
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Cnbc half time report, ncis, donton abbey.
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The 100, The Walking Dead.
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TBBT, Last week tonight, ancient aliens, life.
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I am not interested in tv shows.
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Bloodline chicago med chicago pd.
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Dual Survival, Heartbeat, Bones.
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Scandel. Chicago pd and 50 shades of blue.
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Ngc channel not programmes.
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Fixer upper, Christley Knows Best, The Talk.
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Person of Interest, Under the Dome, Z Nation.
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The talk, doctors and ellen.