Interviews are never easy, especially for a first timer. We study hard to land our dream job, never really giving much thoughts about the obstacles we’d have to overcome.
The days leading up to the interview can really shake our nerves. We prepare as much as we possibly can – we choose the right interview Outfits do research on body languages and interview etiquettes. Yet, somehow when the time comes, the questions that the interviewer asks tend to catch us off guard.
There are ways to tackle these difficult questions in an interview and we are going to show you just how.
Buckle up, for in this blog we are going to share a few tips on how to answer 5 of the toughest interview questions.
5 most difficult interview questions:
Q1. How do you deal with conflict with a co-worker?
The workplace can, oftentimes, be a competitive place. Disagreements between coworkers often arise. It is inevitable. There are certain ways to handle such situations in a professional manner.
When an interviewer asks you this question, you need to let them know that you are a professional and patient person. You cannot go around blaming people as it is never the right thing to play the victim card. So, let the interviewer know that you would handle such situations by listening and trying to understand the point of view of the other person and that you would think of a way to come up with a solution that will help both parties involved.
Q2. What’s something that you didn’t like about your last job?
By no means ever are you to badmouth your ex-employer, ex-colleagues or the previous company you’ve worked for.
When asked this question, start by describing in brief what you love about your previous company and depending on your reasons, tread lightly.
For instance, you had very less direct contact with your manager, hence your reason for leaving your last job. You could say that you want to be successful in your career and to do that you depend on feedback, which was a challenge in your previous job.
Q3. What is your greatest weakness?
When an interviewer asks you this question, it’s important to know that this is kind of a trick question. You should not actually mention your weaknesses, rather, you should find a way to show your weakness in such a manner that there has been improvement in that particular area.
For example: “I tend to take on more than I can handle as I really do enjoy my work. Now, I am improving on really understanding the task and time it would take to complete it before I take it on.”
Q4. Why should we hire you?
Now, this is where you will get to show them who you are professionally. You cannot answer with a one liner and say something like, “Because I am the best candidate for the role,” or “because of my experiences.”
The right way to answer this is to tell them about the hard and soft skills you possess which the position you are applying for requires.
Q5. Why do you want this job?
Let’s be honest, though there are many people who follow their passion and utilize that to their advantage, there are those of us who are really looking for a job because money is our bread and butter.
You need to let them know how the position you are applying for matches your skill sets, how you want to grow in their organization and how well you’d fit in with the company culture.
We hope the above mentioned tips help you in acing your upcoming interview.