10 questions you Never Have to answer 1. “Are you thinking about having children?” Your soothing response: “Does this company have a childcare policy?” * Direct your interviewer to giving you more company information. 2. “What other jobs have you applied for? Your soothing answer: “This is my first choice, but I have interviews at X.” * Mention rival employers to show you’re sought-after. As long as it’s true! 3. “Have you had an HIV test?” Your soothing answer: “Is this part of the company medical plan?” * Dodge it by asking about the healthcare policy. 4. “Are you willing to work unpaid overtime?” Your soothing answer: “I make every minute at work count, but I understand I may occasionally need to stay late.” * The key word is occasionally. 5. “Do you have a boyfriend?” Your soothing answer: “Why, are you looking for more staff?” * Say it with a smile and you’ll get away with being a bit cheeky. 6. “When did you last pull a sickie?” Your soothing answer: “I’d never do that – it’s unfair on everyone I work with.” * Keep your ‘serious’ face. Even if you’re fibbing a bit. 7. “Have you ever been in a relationship with a colleague?” Your soothing answer: “I can assume you my professional ability is never compromised by my personal life.” 8. “How many units of alcohol do you drink a week?” Your soothing answer: “A glass of wine is great, but drinking would never affect my work.” * You’re human, but never unprofessionally hungover. 9. “What’s the lowest salary you’d settle for?” Your soothing answer: “I’m motivated by work and not wages, but I’m worth $X.” * Say more than you’d accept, but don’t price yourself out of the market. 10. “Do you smoke?” Your soothing answer: If you do, say, “I try not to.” * That’s true sometimes and doesn’t give away often you take a fag break.