Tough Interview Questions and Possible Answers
by Waller Jamison
Ever been stuck with one or two really tough interview
questions and kicked yourself because you couldn't come up with great answers at the time?
You were doing well, getting on with the interviewer, giving
answers he seemed to appreciate and suddenly up came a question you had no idea how to deal with.
You knew you needed to say something inspired, but at the
time you couldn't come up with a decent answer. And of course, your inablity to answer that one crucial question
blew your chances of getting the job.
There is nothing magic about answering tough interview
questions - it's all a mattter of good preparation.
And if you want to be well prepared, you should acquire an
indepth knowledge of not only the industry, but the company you are applying to.
In addition, you will have to have thought long and hard
about yourself: your track record, skills, experience and any potentially problematic areas of your own career,
such as unexplained gaps in your CV.
If you do all this, you will have the information you need to
build high quality answers to even the toughest questions.
Armed with this information, you will then just have to adapt
it to suit the questions you are asked.
Examples of Tough Interview Questions
Let's have a look at some tough interview questions which are
fairly common, but not easy to answer.
Tell me why we should hire
The reason this is a tough interview questions is that you
have to provide a compelling answer without sounding as if you are bragging.
So how can you deal with this one? All that research you did
will pay off here. And you should also make sure you read the job description carefully.
You know what they want and now you need to prove that you
can deliver it, but that's not enough. the other candidates are probably very capable.
So you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd.
This means that you must be ale to show that you have something different - expert knowledge or unique experience
which will benefit the company and which would be difficult for them to find elsewhere.
Remember that the important thing is it should add value to
the organization. So with that in mind, look at your own skills and talents and write down everyghing you have to
At the interview you will need to present this information in
a professional manner - you don't want to come across as a kow-it-all who thinks he's better than the boss. Unless
you are going to be the boss if you are hired!
So take your time with this one - a well thought out answer
will also give you the material to answer other questions such as why you want the post. They might ask you
directly what you know about the company, its products and serivces.
So again, your preparation will have paid off. If you know
nothing, you will not make a good impression.
Tell me how you would work with a co-worker or
employer you don't like?
This isn't a trap, but you can easily trap
Everyone has to work with people they find difficult at some
point and whatever you think of them, you have to stay neutral which means not making judgements or making negative
personal comments about someone.
It doesn't matter how well you feel you can justify your
opinion or that everyone else in the organization couldn't stand this person, you don't say anything negative about
To avoid opening your mouth and putting your foot in it,
prepare a really short and factual answer.
If someone seemed unapproachable, you might have offered to
help with an aspect of their workload or if someone was unfriendly, perhaps you offered to make them a coffee to
create the opportunity for a conversation.
A short answer explaining that someone was clearly stressed
and helping them out resolved the problem is enough. Taking the initiative and being friendly changed the
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