Interview Tips: How to Answer the Hard Questions

Have you ever had an interview where you were asked, “What would you say is your biggest weakness?” and blanked on a response? Hiring managers have a list of questions in their arsenal that are used to better understand you. Usually these questions have an underlying purpose to divulge characteristics about you that would, otherwise, be kept hidden. This could make or break the job for you, so here are a few tips to help you understand what the interviewer is really asking and how you should respond.

“Why did you leave your last job?” Sometimes the real answer as to why you left your previous job, or are looking to leave, isn’t always the greatest reason. Interviewers want to see how candid you will be about your previous job to learn if you might jump ship at the first sign of trouble. When answering this question, it is always best to talk about goals you have for yourself and your career.

“Describe a time where you have broken a rule in the workplace.” These types of questions are asked by companies to gauge what your standards are and how well you would comply with their code of ethics and policies. The best way to answer is to, instead, give examples of how you obeyed different company policies.

“Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult person. How did you handle the situation?” This question is a classic. The interviewer is trying to decipher how well you work with others, especially those with whom you don’t see eye to eye. A great answer would be how you and the person were able to overcome your differences and come to a resolution that would benefit both of you.

“Give an example of a situation where you were under pressure on the job. How did you handle it?” Essentially, the interviewer wants to know if you work well under pressure … or if you go cuckoo. Your answer should reveal that, even though you had a lot on your plate, you were still able to maintain professionalism, stay cool, and get the job done.

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