TOP 5 Most Difficult Questions on a Job Interview

A job interview can be a difficult exam for many people. They might get intimidated, anxious and they might always find the right answers and even though they are good professionals, they end up not getting the job because they fail to provide a good answer to some questions that apparently seem quite simple.

Knowing or anticipating the answers they want to hear from you can get you your dream job. Below you can find a list of the most simple, yet difficult to answer questions that are likely to pop up during any job interview.

What can you tell us about yourself?

Apparently this is an inoffensive question that is used to start any job interview and represents your chance to start with the right foot. Concentrate on the answers that are relevant with the job you are after, tell them about your successes so far and try to express enthusiasm. 
Don’t talk about your family or about your colleagues from work.

What do you know about your company?

I think this is the question I like the most and I always like to be prepared for it. If you don’t know anything about your future employer you are on the wrong track. Do your homework, check their website, look for their press releases, if you have any friends working for them ask them for details. How many employees do they have, what is their position on the market, what services are they providing and so on and so forth.

What are your week points?

If you are being asked this question I don’t recommend to be honest. Try to make an advantage out of your weakness. For example, if you don’t have any practical experience in the domain you are trying to get in, you can tell them that this can be an advantage because of your “fresh blood” and new view on things you can provide.

Why did you quit your last job?

Again, show enthusiasm; don’t tell them about the bad things that happened there. Tell them you want to experience something new, that you want to make a change in your life, tell them you could not progress anymore.

What would you like to ask us?

This is one of my favorite questions as well. This is being asked usually at the end of the interview and it gives you the opportunity to get more information about the position you are targeting. You could ask what is the biggest challenge for this position, what would be your key performance indicators and so on.

I believe these five questions are the most frequently asked, apparently, simple questions that you should think about twice before answering. Good luck!

Author bio: Cristian is a Product Manager, owner and editor of Management Salary a website reporting salary averages in various management domains like human resource management, hotel management or information management.

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Top Job Interview Questions and Answers

Pacing back and forth because you’re nervous for your job interview? They have liked your application and want to see more of you? Take some time and sit down to read and prepare yourself for the questions and answers that will be asked at the interview. 

Introduce yourself

It is very important that you are relaxed, this will be the first impression your future boss will have of you. Smile, breathe, and relax. Structure what you’re saying, don’t jump from one thing to another just because you ramble when you are nervous. Mention hobbies that have to do with the job you’re applying for if you have any. Take it slow and easy and show them who you are. Don’t try to be someone they are looking for, you want them to know you are the best candidate for a position.

Why would we hire you?

Well, this is your chance to show off. Be confident, but not too much. Compare the job description with your skills. Tell them why you think you should get the job you are applying for, don’t forget to mention any experience you have in the field. Show your interest in this job, make sure they know you want this job. 

What is your greatest weakness and strength?

This is a rather tricky question. You are forced to say something bad about yourself. So, this is where you turn the negative into the positive. Discussing your strengths is easier than discussing your weaknesses. Describe the skills that are directly related to the job you are applying for. Focus on your abilities that you will need when you get the desired position.

Do you handle stress and pressure well, and how?

This is a typical question. You want to show you can still do well even when you are under pressure. Let them know you are responsible enough to prioritize what needs to be done first and why. Know what you are doing, and let your future boss see that you know what you are doing. Give examples of situations where you were stressed out and be able to explain how you dealt with it. This way they can also see who they are dealing with. They might also give you a situation and ask you how you would deal with it. Be prepared and think before you reply.

Where do you see yourself in a few years?

Ambitions are important and tell a lot about who you are. But be careful not to be carried away here. When speaking about your personal development, for example, make sure you don’t accidentally say that the position you’re applying for is really just a stepping stone as you move on to bigger and better things. If you have advancement in mind, be sure to let them know you want to advance within their company, and not away from it.

To summarize – be yourself, speak frankly, ask questions, show interest – and it doesn’t hurt to smile. It’s almost like going on a first date.

What is the most difficult question you have ever been asked at a job interview? What was your answer? Have you eventually got the job? Please, go ahead and share your stories.

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