Tough interview questions are designed to show what you’re made of. If you can keep a poker face and figure out the right answers to tough interview questions, you have a good chance of getting the job.
For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of tough interview questions and answers.
Q: What’s your greatest weakness?
A: Perfectionism Recently I’ve been working on this, reminding myself that I can’t expect perfection and that I need to change my attitude.
Your interviewer wants to see that you can be honest about your weaknesses. You also need to emphasize that you’re doing your best to mitigate them.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? In my position?
A: Possibly yes. But by then I’m sure you’ll have been promoted, as well.
Your interviewer wants ambition, but they also want to make sure you’re not a threat.
Q: You seem to have changed careers a couple times. Do you think this one is going to stick?
A: Yes, I’m ready to settle down. And those career changes have helped me gain a variety of skills that will prove valuable.
When the interviewer sees a weakness that troubles them, your best bet is to try and turn that weakness into a strength.
Q: Do you truly believe it’s in my best interest to hire you?
A: Yes. Let me give you some specific examples of my value…
The interviewer wants to throw you off. You don’t necessarily know what the competition looks like, but you have to be confident that you’re the best person for the job.
Q: How good are you at working with people you don’t like?
A: Unfortunately, we can’t all like each other. I try to remain professional with all relationships, focusing on getting the job done.
Q: What would you like to have changed about your previous job?
A: I was happy at my last job, and everyone worked to the best of their abilities. It would have been nice to work in an area that had a bagel shop.
The interviewer wants to see what makes you sore. Don’t say ‘nothing,’ since your body language will show that you’re lying. Instead, choose something trivial and joking.
Q: If you could start your life over again, what would you change?
A: I wish I’d had more focus when I was younger. That’s why I’m now doing my best to focus on this career path.
The interviewer wants to see that you’ve learned from your mistakes.
Q: I see you were unemployed for a year. What did you do in that time?
A: I took on several freelance projects. Also, I went back to school.
The employer wants to see that your employment gap was productive.
Q: If you had to chart your career success, where would the peak be?
A: I don’t think that way. I put my best work in every day. That’s more important than a ‘peak’.
The interviewer is seeing if you feel like your best days are behind you, or, alternatively, if you plan on kicking back at a certain age.
Q: What do you think your former bosses say about you?
A: I have references if you want.
The interviewer wants to see if you prepared references.
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