Are you are graduate seeking for job opportunities to grow your career? Do you have a job interview to attend but you don’t know the best way to answer tough interview questions in order to increase your chances of landing the job? If this describes you, be comforted that you are reading the write article.
Let’s be truthful: most of us despise interviews; they can be really stressful! Also, some people are simply not confident or comfortable “selling” themselves (with the exception of extroverts, who we know adore this part!). The work market, however, is competitive. To stand out from the crowd, do your homework; be prepared, and you’ll be sure to stand out as the organized, efficient, and competent professional that you are!
Tough Interview Questions And Answers
Here are a few of the challenging interview questions we frequently encounter, along with samples of good responses:
1. “Tell Me A Little Bit About Yourself.”
Give a three-minute summary of your career to date: “My name is [insert] and I have [insert] years of experience.” My most recent job was with [insert]. Make mention of (relevant) schooling. My areas of competence are as follows: 1., 2., 3., and here are some examples of my mastery in those areas.”
Interviewers do not want to hear anything personal or your complete life story here. Give samples of your education, current or most recent title, years of experience, position, and talents.
2. “Where Do You Want To Be In Five Years From Now?”
You can be open about your educational and career goals, but it’s definitely not a good idea to reveal it if you regard this employment as temporary; you want to demonstrate your dedication to the organization. Even better if this is your dream interview and you hope to work there till you retire! Whatever your actual 5-year life goal is, it is preferable to state something like, “I see myself working here, but with newly acquired skills, and increasing responsibility as I meet and exceed expectations.” If there is a specific position you want (CFO? CEO?! ), inform the interviewer about your plans to climb the corporate ladder!
3. “Why Do You Want To Work For This Company?”
Say something like, “Because there is an opening and I need a job.” This is where you discuss what you learnt through your study on the firm and indicate a common shared value; you want to demonstrate that you are a fit for the organization’s mission and culture. Exhibit passion in your voice and tone, such as “I adore your organization’s mission and core values of …….and …….!” Also, as a client, I must state that I appreciate the customer service here, and I’d be delighted to join your team.”
4. “Why Should We Hire You?”
This is a lock-up question. Remember that this is not the time to rehash your skills, but rather to convey the benefits you bring to the position (as well as your love for the organization). “This job posting very closely matched my qualifications,” you may say, “and I knew it was an excellent fit for my skills and expertise.” You can then elaborate by providing instances, such as highlighting your abilities to assist save expenses, expressing your opinions on enhancing productivity, or mentioning some of your special skills.
5. “What Do You Consider To Be Your Greatest Accomplishment To Date?”
It is preferable to utilize a current example that is relevant to the position and the organization with which you are interviewing, but this is not required; choose the accomplishment that you believe best matches the interview. Make advantage of the SAR approach (Situation, Action, Result). Tell the interviewer(s) about your accomplishment with pride, emphasizing the key elements, and smiling. If the interviewer asks you to elaborate, you can fill in all of the specifics.
6. “What Skill Do You Believe Needs To Be Improved?”
No one enjoys being asked about their “weakness,” but when you prepare, it becomes simpler to handle. There are a few options, but this is the one you want to go with. For example, you may name a talent you want to learn or one you want to master (you can do it now, but you want to excel at it). Alternatively, your weakness could be something that was previously a weakness but is now a strength. Make sure whatever you say is positive!
7. “Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?”
This inquiry is used to analyze whether you are a good fit for the organization. There are numerous options based on your “why” –
If you were fired from your previous job, you must tailor your explanation to be brief and to the point, without providing any more information than is absolutely essential. Stick to one- to two-sentence responses, such as, “After fifteen years of service and some recent workflow changes, I was let go when my performance did not improve quickly enough, much to my chagrin.” However, this position is a perfect fit for me; I’m ecstatic about this chance!”
If you’re still at your current employment, explain why you wish to leave and whether you plan to offer a two-week (or longer) notice. It’s fine to be truthful, but avoid sounding too harsh or bitter toward your current company; instead, frame your reason for leaving in a more positive light, such as pursuing personal improvement. Perhaps there aren’t enough prospects for promotion inside the organization, or you’re looking for a new challenge.
If you were not fired and quit, tell the interviewer why you did so. This is a brief response.
If you resigned due to a disagreement with a manager or coworkers, explain that your values did not align with those of the new manager. This straightforward response is relatable to everyone.
If there is another, more personal reason, you can briefly touch on the circumstances, such as “my mother had cancer, and I left my job to care for her.” That was a difficult moment, but now I’m back in the field and ready to advance in my career.”
8. “Is There Any Skill Or Knowledge Required For This Job That You Are Unable To Perform?”
This is not the time to reveal that you had surgery eight years ago; instead, relax. If you respond ‘no,’ you are not required to reveal any personal or health information with the interviewer. If you have a medical condition that necessitates special attention or accommodations, as long as it does not prevent you from performing the duties outlined in the job description, you are not obligated to disclose it until you have signed off on an offer.
Remember, you don’t have to go into too much detail when answering these questions. When questioned, expand on your replies and try to find out the corporate culture. Is it a laid-back, casual setting with dogs in the office? Or is it more formal, 9-5, suit and tie? You should also ask some questions; you need to know if the position is a good fit for you.
We hope that reviewing some of these difficult interview questions helps you find your ideal job! When preparing for your Big Interview, remember that people remember stories, not buzz words, so present heartfelt examples. In addition, practice, practice, practice!