Job interview questions | Hard job interview questions

These are tougher questions to answer and in some ways it may seem like the questions are only being asked so you put your foot in it. However as long as you answer these questions confidently, and for the best part honestly, then you'll be fine.

The interviewer will want to know the answers to these questions but they'll also be interested in how you cope with the questions. They'll be keen to know that you can deal with pressurised situations and awkward questions that make you think on your feet.

You should realise that tough interview questions provide an excellent opportunity to stand out. Companies want to take on staff who are good at solving problems, even when the problem is very unique.

Some examples of the tough questions you could face are:

Tell me how your skills make you suitable for this job. Make sure you know all the details about the job before you go to interview, then relate each of the skill required for the job with examples of where you have already displayed these skills at work, in education or at a club/society.

What are your weaknesses? Don't answer this question with the stereotypical answer of "I'm too much of a workaholic" or something similar. The interviewer will know you're talking rubbish and won't be impressed. It is better to pick a weakness that is both not particularly related to the job and something you are trying to do something about.

Why shouldn't we employ you? Either show your confidence and tell the interviewer that there are no reasons that they shouldn't employ you or that they shouldn't employ you if they don't want their company to have the best staff. If you don't think the interviewer would appreciate this and would think you a bit too cocky then the other angle to take is to mention some of the factors that you think the interviewer would be concerned about. If you lack a little experience in certain skill then mention this. However, follow up with a reason why this wouldn't be a problem and how you would overcome it.

How long do you intend to stay in this position? If you only intend to stay for a few months then this is not a time for honesty. Unless this is a temporary position then the company will not want to employ you. I don't recommend intentionally joining a company for only a few months as it will look very badly on your CV and you'll damage your reputation. The best way to answer this question if you are an ambitious person is to ask the interviewer whether there is the opportunity for career progression within the company. State that you're are not willing to remain static and you want to be constantly pushed, challenged and developed. If the company does want to go places then they will be very happy to take on a person willing to grow with the company.

Why have you had this gap in your career? Travel, unemployment, study etc. This is a tough question as it could give a signal to the interviewer that you have either been lazy in the past, you don't like work or that other employers have been unwilling to hire you for a long period of time. Therefore try to make it clear that you used this time usefully for bettering yourself, for example through education or voluntary work. Give examples of the useful things you did during your career gap. If you did take the time sitting on a beach or inactively unemployed then it is probably worth sitting down to think how this time helped you develop as a person.


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