4 Sticky Job-Interview Situations and How to Handle Them

The person you are supposed to meet isn’t in the office. Or they want you to dish gossip on your previous employer. Here's how to finesse such awkward moments.

Job interviews rank way up there on the stress-o-meter, along with traffic-court appearances and car-buying negotiations. Something about a job interview puts most people on edge -- even people who are natural conversationalists. And unease can quickly turn into panic when sticky interview situations arise. Here are four of the stickiest I've run into as a human resources professional, with tips for navigating such traps in your job search:

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Liz Ryan
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com