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Contractors Should Be Aware Of The Trick Interview Question

There’s a new psychological assessment surfacing within the interview process, whereby complex questions are presented to intentionally trip up the individual being interviewed.


Many contractors who are looking for a new job opportunity take pride in their professional achievements so far, the education they’ve attained and their ability to provide for their next employer. These attributes drive them with passion towards their next interview. They may feel as if they’re bulletproof to a certain extent and expect to sail through the interview process. There’s a lot to be said for this kind of self-confidence, but it needs to be kept in check in case something should surface during the interview that would really trip them up.

Professional Representation Network underlines the advice recently revealed by Prof. Alan Scoboria, of the University of Windsor in Ontario Canada, as recently reported in Time magazine. The professor’s research indicates that individuals these days are attempting to seed what might be determined as a trick question into an interview process.

For the self-assured contractor this can be a moment of truth. Suddenly, the interviewer asks a very complicated question to which the contractor doesn’t know the answer. This moment of truth situation can be easily handled however if the contractor is aware of what’s at stake.

This type of question is part of a psychological assessment, quite apart from the individual’s ability to reveal the answer sought. The interviewer is expecting the interviewee to be unaware of the answer but is looking for the type of response under pressure. It’s perfectly okay for the contractor to admit that they don’t know the answer. Contrary to popular opinion this does not show an inability to do the job. So long as the contractor answers honestly and intellectually then he or she will find out the answer through appropriate research and be in position to report back with something meaningful.

Professional Representation Network strongly advises the contractor looking for a job today to be aware of such psychological tests, as they are becoming increasingly part of an interview process in the modern era.

About Professional Representation Network

The Professional Representation Network is a complete contracting provider, providing a variety of services to contractors from varying industries around the world. PRN identifies opportunities, negotiates contracts and provides support to contractors at every stage of the relationship. Relying on 40 years of experience in consulting and representation and access to an established network, PRN brings passion to help develop a contractor’s professional life.


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