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Tricky Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared For

Tricky Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared For
by Amy Q.

So, after you have earned your degree, have been through enough internship and have acquired the so-called pedigree, a simple interview may not appear as a major hindrance to landing your dream job, right? Well, wrong. There is a lot that takes place in an interview that often calls for ingenuity and creativity; questions are often asked that require spur-of-the-moment response and split-second decisions and if you do not exercise due diligence, your rich credentials may just not come in handy during this big occasion. Forget all you have heard about interviews - the chills and the thrills - and join me today as I take you though the 5 tricky interview questions you should be prepared for.

What Is Your Biggest Weakness?

Generally, an interview is usually an occasion where we should keep our weakest points under wraps but that’s not to mean this question will not pop up. The panelists will need to know whether your weakest point can have a significant bearing on the job so you might want to be careful as you address this question.

One way to go about this is to highlight your strengths but in sarcastic manner. For instance, if you are not a good leader, instead of answering blatantly that you are bad at leadership, you could say that your greatest weakness is that you do not cope alone and will often need to be part of a team. There and then, the interviewer will understand that you cannot be trusted with a position of stewardship but rather perform better when in a group.

Why Do You Think You Are The Best Fit For This Job?

This is by far one of the most wrongly-answered questions because it often comes across as an open invitation to flaunt your credentials. Remember that the interviewer perhaps already knows about your academic background and work experience so it will serve no end emphasizing those.

On the contrary, you should explain just how you think your skill sets will be appropriate for the job being offered. Let’s take a case where you are interviewing for a nurse position. Instead of boasting how long an experience you have had as an RN, you could challenge the panel by telling them you have always had a compassion for the suffering and would want a chance to put your passions into good use.

Give An Example Of A Time When You Handled A Major Crisis

This question can be answered in two ways. The first way is to point out the real crisis and highlight how you handled it by avoiding portraying yourself as the hero but rather as a realistic employer who used his best judgment to rescue a situation. If, for example you arbitrated in a case of insubordination, do not try to portray the junior staff in a bad light as this might come across as someone trying to play to the tunes of the high and mighty.

Another way you can handle this question is simply say you have never handled any major crisis. However, this might have a bearing on your overall appraisal as it might mean you are not an employee who can manage under crisis. Be that as it may, the interviewee is not obliged to believe all people have handles major crises in their career lives.

Why Don’t You Have A Job?

Well, this question will be the easiest for you if you are a fresh graduate as you will simply say you have never been in any form of gainful employment. However, there is a catch here. The interviewer might want to know why you never got a permanent job after your internship or whether you attended an apprenticeship program but was never employed. If you fall under either of these situations, simply say the organization in which you did your internship or apprenticeship did not have openings at a time you were there.

Now, here comes the hardest part, you have been employed but presently out of employment. The interviewer will be keen to know the causes for leaving your previous job and at all cost, do not mention it if it is shrouded in a controversy. As a matter of fact, reasons like simple staff disagreements, lack of fringe benefits, insubordination or even low wage should not be mentioned here. The best way to answer this question is simply say, ’The company and I had different opinions on how to achieve the best results so I thought it was probably better for me to move on and not be the stumbling block in its way’’.

Where Do You Want To Be In 5 Years?

When this question is asked, many will be tempted to paint a picture of a good life, living your dream and fulfilling all your goals at a personal level. What many people forget is that once you become part of the company, you are one entity and every single stride you make is intertwined with that of the company.

Your answer in this case should attempt to cover the general vision and mission of the company. If you are interviewing, say for a position in an agricultural research institute, talk of how you wish to help the company come up with the best fertile supplements that will boost national food production. In this way, it shows you are more focused on the common good of the company as opposed to achievements at a personal level.

Conclusion

What is clear from all these interview questions is the fact that all should be answered in a manner that shows the company will have something to gain from you as opposed to you gaining from the company. Avoid personalizing the answers and instead tweak them to highlight the company’s common agenda.


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