How to Answer Tough Interview Questions

Interviews are one of the toughest things I have ever had to go through. I absolutely hate them as I am not a “people person”. So following are some of the trickier questions with some advice for answering them:

  • Tell me about yourself?:
    • Talk about personal characteristics and skills that translate into career strengths. Typically, the yare looking for an overview of your related experience. Provide an answer that shows a logical progression throughout your educational/professional career.
  • What are your greatest strengths?:
    • Be careful here as your answer will also reflect your values. Whatever you choose, be sure to have an example you can reference prepared.
  • What is your greatest weakness?:
    • Admit to your weakness, but then describe the steps you are taking to fix it.
  • What were your favorite subjects in school and why?:
    • Mention anything that shows keen interests in this employer’s particular kind of work.
  • Why change jobs now?:
    • They want to know your reasons behind leaving prior employment, and also see that you stay positive about the future.
  • What makes you stand out when compared to your peers?:
    • Give some examples of times you have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  • What type of management/supervision do you prefer?:
    • It all boils down to one thing, are you able to be managed by people who work in different styles?
  • What do you like about your current position? What would you add to make it more challenging?:
    • Here they are looking for relevant experience in the position offered.
  • Where do you see yourself in (X) years?:
    • Here, interviewers ensure that your goals are realistic and that you aren’t too realistic.
  • Why should we hire you for this position?:
    • Focus on prior experience, achievements, and what makes you  better than your peers.
  • What books/magazines do you read?:
    • This tells them a little bit about your personality.
  • What interests you most about this position?:
    • stress the fact that this is a dynamic move, and would help tremendously in advancing your career.
  • Do you work well under pressure?:
    • Provide an example in which you have done so
  • If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be, and why?:
    • Make the answer positive, and in reference to your attitude and determination.

If there are any that I missed, message me and I will add them to the list. If you have an interview, I wish you the best of luck.

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