You might very well be one of the lucky ones who has never sat in an interview and been asked a question only to then experience the dread of a completely blank mind. But, don’t think you’re the only one, it happens more often than you might think. We have spent some time trawling across the internet to bring together some of the toughest job interview questions and answers.
Interviewers just love them! Most candidates hate them. Put simply, this is a test of your honesty. What you shouldn’t do ever, ever, ever in this situation is say, “I don’t have any weaknesses,” or trying to flip the question with “I’m a perfectionist.” It makes you look cagey.
We are certainly not suggesting to dig deep into your past and reveal everything about yourself, but to answer in a way that talks around a weakness you have had and how you overcame it or when you wanted to learn a new skill. Make sure your answer focuses on positive solutions to potential weaknesses and, most importantly, pick a weakness that wouldn’t be considered a deal-breaker in the eyes of your employer.
This would typically start with: “Why do you think you will be successful in this job?” As tempting as it is to start reeling off your multitude of achievements and accolades, this is not the time for that. Your interviewer will want to hear you match your skills and strengths to the challenges of the new role.
Are you overqualified for this job? This can often be asked if you are not applying or taking a role typically assumed to fit your training or skill set. However, there are many ways to successfully answer this question:
I was proud to be a ENTER ROLE but I really like getting back to working with patients.
I would say I’m not overqualified but fully qualified for the role. With all due respect, I do not see a problem with someone doing the job better than expected.
Salary is not my first priority. I am competent and will take direction from managers of any age, will continue to train and stay at the top of my game and not leave you in the lurch if a better position arrives.
Your future career
Employers want to know how ambitious you are and whether you understand the career path for your chosen profession. The best way to answer a question like this is to tailor your reply to reflect the nature of the organisation, sector and your own experiences. If you can be specific when discussing career milestones and show enthusiasm not arrogance, you will win when answering these type of interview questions.
Being forewarned is forearmed
So, whilst looking across the net, we couldn’t resist plucking out some of the more unique interview questions.
If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?
Describe *ENTER SOMETHING EXTREMELY COMPLEX* to a seven-year old.
Tell me a joke.
Do you prefer earning or learning?
You have a colony on Mars that you want to communicate with. How do you build a system to communicate with them?
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Wednesday Feb 21, 2018