The job interview | How to answer the toughest questions
Given the large number of candidates applying for the same job, companies use several types of questions to filter quickly and efficiently the applicants who do not fit their profile looking. Let’s see how to answer the toughest questions in a job interview, considering it is not advisable to use stereotyped answers, so focus them towards a certain profile.
1. Why should we select you instead of another candidate?
Do not compare yourself with other candidates or former coworkers. You should emphasize your experience, knowledge, skills and personal skills. Some of the most valued skills are adaptability, commitment, communication skills and leadership.
2. What are your weaknesses and your strengths?
This may be one of the most difficult questions in a job interview. To answer the question about the faults, the stereotype response is usually I’m too perfectionist or I demand too much work. Maybe these answers were accepted a few years ago, but have already become the typical response and therefore unreliable. Use a credible response, but without questioning your professional capacity.
As for the virtues, this is your chance to prove you’re a strong and positive person. Emphasize the ability to solve problems, the fact that you can work under pressure and prioritize.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
The purpose of this question in a job interview is to let the interviewer know if you have goals or career aspirations. The current labor market situation and the difficulties of finding work tend to make candidates a little pessimistic, and this is where the error is. The answer should not be something fixed like I hope to be working as director of sales area. It must be something more generic and realistic, explaining that you expect to work further to continue your professional and personal development.
4. If I ask a former co-worker, what would he say about you?
Before going to the job interview, think of your former colleagues and prepare a response so as not to hesitate when answering the question. If you have never worked, think about what a classmate, friend or relative would say.
5. Why do you want to work in our company?
This is one of the complicated interview questions. Many candidates send their resume to the job offers from companies that fit their business profile without specific reasons that are related to the culture or history of the company. However, the first tip before going to a job interview is to research something about the company, and with these data, prepare a response including your long-term career prospects.
Show that you know the company and you can make a difference both professionally and personally.
6. Do you have a question?
Always prepared several questions to ask at the end of the job interview. Some may be resolved in the course of the interview, so you should have a good number of them. You questions indicate that you have interest in the position.
These are some of the most difficult questions in a job interview. Remember to be positive, sincere and focused and customize all your answers to your abilities and skills, both the professional and personal ones. Best of luck!