Answers to Tough Interview Questions

Posted February 16, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Answering Tough Interview Questions

To land the job of your dreams, you’ll need to wade your way through some interview questions. While some will be simple and based on your employment history, other interview questions will be hard. Before you become tongue tied and unable to speak, take a deep breath and scan through some possible answers.

Why Should I Hire You?

Most people are blind-sided by this question, when in fact they shouldn’t be. This is one of the interview questions you’ll be frequently asked in life. The answer to the question isn’t as hard as you might imagine either. Look at the job description and qualifications. Then relate your response by matching your set of skills against those that are most critical for the position, while tossing in some real life experiences.

Can I Ask You about the Gaps in your Work History?

The economy hasn’t be kind to most people. But there still needs to be some kind of explanation for what you did during those periods of unemployment. Did you take on freelance projects? Was there a period of time where you did volunteer work? These positive items will help you as they change the perception of that lengthy gap in employment, regardless of how long it was.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your Previous Job, What Would It Be?

You might want to throw your former employer under the bus. But don’t do it. A critical response doesn’t often go over well. Instead, make an issue out of something that people aren’t going to raise an eye to. Something as simple as outdated technology that made it difficult to do your job is often enough for this question.

Tell Me About Yourself

This is another one of those interview questions people find hard. Some people overshare personal information the interviewer doesn’t care about. Others will rehash their resume. Instead, focus on your education, work history and the early years of your career in brief for your response.

What is a Bad Trait You Have?

A nightmare of a question where they ask you to look bad. Before you talk about how you like to do something truly terrifying, take a step back. You should find something that might seem negative, but you can easily do a positive spin on. A great example is being impatient. You can talk about meeting timelines and how important they are to be met and when people procrastinate instead of being proactive, it makes it difficult for you.

Don’t let the hard interview questions knock you down. Instead, take the time to look at them in a way where you can approach them in a manner that is effective and enlightens the interviewer. If you do this, you have a greater chance of landing the job of your dreams.

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