An interview is the short span of time wherein a decision must be made as to whether the interviewee is a good fit for the company. To accomplish this, the interviewer may ask some challenging questions.
The key to success in this area as well, is one word – Preparation.
Some of the most difficult interview questions and answers
1. Why should we hire you? Why do you want to work for us? How long will you work for us?
Avoid arrogance, but use this opportunity to sell yourself.
Speak of your experience, qualities, work ethic, and ambition, whatever applies. Point out good qualities of the firm, and express your desire to join a winning team. Express your desire to stay on board as long as you can.
2. What is your relationship with your co-workers? What do colleagues or supervisors say about you?
Use the sandwich technique. Begin with some compliments you have received.
Briefly mention any negative remarks – try to put them in a good light, or say what you have learned from them – and close with more positives. If applicable, inform the interviewer that you have had your fair share of debates and arguments, but maintained a cordial relationship with your colleagues. Point out that the debates were for the betterment of the product and/or firm.
3. Why did you leave your last job? Why were you fired?
If you have ever been fired, the interviewer may already know or will probably find it out, depending on the job level.
The reality is that the firm may not find out about it, and you may choose not to mention the incident. It is risky, but it’s your choice. In general, a truthful answer is the best way to handle this difficult quest. Explain why you were fired, the situation and your lessons learned.
4. Have you ever fired anyone? How did it feel?
If you have ever been in a supervisory position, you must certainly have had instances where either employee has left you or you have had to let go of an employee.
Explain the situation that occurred to the interviewer; point out that although you have a strong relation with all your employees and co workers, there are some instances in which you simply cannot help but let the employee leave the company. Also, inform the interviewer that you have always been available and have open communication lines with all your coworkers as well as other employees.
5. Are you happy with your salary so far? What salary do you need or look for?
Finances play an important role in the profession of a person. There are many who will not accept a very interesting job offer simply because the salary is insufficient. Truthfully, the interview is not the time and place to discuss whether or not you are happy with your current salary. Do take this opportunity to request the salary you would like. Hopefully you have researched and know the ‘comps,’ the normal salary for such a job; you may do well by requesting a salary at the high end of the range.
6. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
The interviewer wishes to know whether you are serious about this job and pursuing your career.
Detail your plans and ambitions. Although you cannot make a commitment for such a period of time, indicate your desire to grow long term with the firm.
7. Why did you choose this career?
Refer to the article – interview question – why did you choose this career?
Refer to the Typical Interview Questions category for more difficult job interview questions with answers.