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Tough Interview Questions and Answers

What are your current employer's plans for the year ahead?

Alternative and related questions:

Is your current employer planning to launch any new products/services?
Is your current employer planning to expand this year?

The meaning behind the question:

There are two possible scenarios here. The interviewer could simply be attempting to assess how professional you are in terms of loyalty, discretion, honesty, etc. Alternatively, they could be deliberately pumping you for commercially sensitive information. Sadly it is the case that some interviews are purely a pretext for extracting information from a competitor’s employees. It may be hard to tell which of the two scenarios you are in but it doesn’t really matter because the answer you need to give is the same.

Your answer:

It’s very simple. You should in no way be divulging your current employer’s confidential plans. If there are any plans for new products, services, etc. which are already clearly in the public domain then you can of course talk about that. But you should resist all temptation to let the interviewer extract any other information from you. While they might lead you to think it will be to your advantage to spill the beans, at the end of the day nobody wants to employ someone who could later pose a security risk.

Example:

I regret that any of my current employer’s plans are of course confidential and commercially sensitive. I’m naturally honour bound not to divulge details. I’m sorry. I would of course be more than happy to talk about how the business has developed over the past 12 months and the role I played in that.

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