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 you?

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 offer.

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 yourself.

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 them.

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 dynamics.

Stay away from anything which stirs strong emotions.