Don’t be afraid to respond to interview questions or any question that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable. Preparing for a job interview means to be ready to answer the questions of the original interview, which almost every hiring manager asks – but it also means to guess more challenging questions.
In the job interview, it always seems that there are at least some difficult questions. Tougher questions have a purpose that they give the interviewer a deeper sense of who you are and whether you’re a good fit for the company.
Preparing for an interview is a good chance to reexamine yourself. Below, you will find some of the toughest interview questions that employers ask, along with advice on how to respond and sample answers.
Tell me about yourself?
No matter how much you have the experience to face interviews when you are going to do it again you always feel nerves or worried. But don’t feel panic. When interviewers ask “how would you describe yourself?” the hiring manager just wants to see what type of personality you have.
It’s all about making the interviewer see you as a perfect fit for that job. They say, “Tell me about yourself,” but what they want to hear is “What makes you great for this job?”
- At this point, the interviewer doesn’t care about your pets or your grandmother’s cooking. Keep your answer geared towards your professional life in a realistic, but positive way.
- Connect the things that you care about and do well with, with the important values of the company and the particular position you want.
- Avoid using too many job interview clichés like, “I’m a people person” or “I’m a team player.” Ugh. They get used so much that they really have no meaning anymore.
Why should we hire you?
Your response to this question can be steered to indicate “a fit”. If companies want to ask job applicants “Why should we hire you?” they should be ready to sell the candidate on their job opportunity just as hard as they want you to sell them on yourself.
- The worst way to answer the question “Why should we hire you?” is to say “Because I’m smart, I’m hard-working and I want the job.” Every candidate will say that! You have to change things up.
- Before speaking your answer you should carefully think about your last or current job and that position which you will be achieved if pass in the interview.
- You can answer: That’s a great question! You definitely have the advantage over me, since you know exactly what you’re looking for and I’m just learning about your company.
What are some of your weaknesses?
When you are at an interview place probably you will ask by manager these types of questions like – What are some of your weaknesses? Have you learned from your mistakes? What do people most often criticize you? To keep in mind when crafting your answer:
- The great answers to tough interview questions focus on things you want to do instead of things you do poorly. Are there certifications you would like to get or particular skills you’d like to improve upon?
- You want to present yourself as fully qualified for this job, but think about those things that could take you to the next level and leverage them as your weaknesses while showing your desire to add them to your resume.
Why do you want to leave your current job?
If you’re currently employed and yet you’re interviewing for a new job that means something has prompted you to make a move. At the interview time, they can also ask about your current or previous job like – Why do you want to leave your current job? Why do you want to change jobs? What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
- Just feel relax- These types of question require you to find an aspect of your current (or previous) company that you liked and that is also present in the company you are interviewing for, and then talk about it honestly.
- Emphasize what you were able to accomplish in your last role, and how you were able to grow, and never speak negatively about a past employer.
- Showing your readiness for a new direction in your life can turn a negative experience around.
Why would you like this job?
These are some of the tough questions which also asks by interviewer such as – Why would you like this job? Why do you want to work here? Put the focus on the company. If you’ve done your research, you can talk about some great things that the company has done. Then, you can talk about the specific position and what excites you about it. Discuss what you bring to the table to help move the company forward
How much do you expect to get paid?
When you are planning for a job, get ready, you may come across the interview questions – How much salary do you expect? How much do you expect to get paid? How much do you expect to make? What do you expect in the way of salary? All these questions focus on one particular thing – “The salary expectation of a candidate from the current job”. They might also ask you this to see how much you value yourself. So you can say like this: for me, getting a higher salary is as important as getting a good job opportunity. But I believe that whatever you will offer, will be fair enough as per my skills and experiences. You should consider your expenses before speak your answer.
Where else are you interviewing?
If you’re job hunting, it’s not unlikely that you’ll be asked about the other companies you are interviewing with during the interview process. You should be honest in your response to this question but avoid over-sharing. What if you are not interviewing anywhere else? In that case, you might mention that you’re early in your job search.
What can you offer us that other candidates can’t?
This is really a way of asking, “What can you do for us?”
- Make it clear that you are the candidate that can solve their problems by making sure you do the research to find out what those are (or might be) and tailor your answer to those issues with specific examples of how your skills and experience can be applied to those issues.
- Tell a success story about how you addressed similar issues in the past.
The “what if . . .” question
At the job interview, these are also some of the tough questions also which asked by interviewer such as – What would you do if you found out a co-worker lied to a client?” to “If you could have a super power what would it be?” The interviewer wants to see how you think on your feet when asking a “what if?” question.
- Don’t be afraid to respond to “what if” questions.
- Also, accept the challenge with a bit of mildly self-deprecating humor, and then launch into your answer.
Do you have any questions for us?
This is normally the last question in the interview cycle. Your response to this question should be structured after you have carefully assessed parameters critical for the organization.
Here we have also mentioned a few more questions so that you can prepare strongly to hit the mountain of tricky questions to achieve your job goal.
- Tell me how you’ve handled a difficult situation.
- How would you handle it if your boss was wrong?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Tell me about your dream job.
- What is more Important for You — Goals or Rules?
Note: Remember that from the minute you walk through that door to success, someone is critically observing you and forming an impression. Walk in confidently, maintain eye contact, and begin with a nice, firm handshake and take the interview questions by storm!