So you’ve been called for an interview – congratulations are in order!
It’s no secret – interviewers commonly ask hard questions to weed out the majority of those being interviewed. It’s a technique that works well.
If you want to succeed, you’re going to want to know the answers to these questions. Read on to ensure you are prepared for your upcoming interview.
Top 10 Hardest Interview Questions you may be asked (with suggested answers)
If you are a looking for those hard questions, you’ve come to the right place.
You will also find answers to these questions so you’ll be prepared for your next interview.
1. Tell me about a time when you failed. How did you deal with it? What did you learn from it? What would you do different knowing what you know now?
This question requires you to know yourself.
You need to think of a work situation that didn’t turn out as expected, and then you need to admit you failed. This is a powerful trait. Employers know we all make mistakes. The question is whether you are afraid or not to admit your failure. Don’t pretend to never have failed. Be honest. Tell them what you learned from your error or failure, and tell them what you would do differently the next time around.
2. Why do you REALLY want this job?
This is a great opportunity for you but you should also stress what it is you can offer the company thanks to the qualifications you have.
For example, as a finance manager who has a strong background in mortgages I see this position as perfect. It will challenge me all the while allowing me to put my best foot forward each and every day. I want this job because (insert reason here). Make sure you show what your skills are and how those skills can directly affect the company.
3. Why should I NOT hire you? What is your greatest weakness?
This question is not only odd, it’s also unfair. I mean no one wants to reveal their weakness.
Instead, answer with something like, “I can’t think of a reason not to hire me, but I can think of dozens of reasons why you should hire me.” Then you could go on to sell yourself in a clear and concise manner that will have them wanting to offer you the job right then.
When they follow with the question of what your greatest weakness is, don’t be afraid to be honest.
Tell the interviewer what your greatest weakness is and how you turned it around into strength. This will show you have the ability to take a bad experience and turn it into a learning experience to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again.
Remember – Never list a key element of the job as your weakness!
A note: That question can be asked in different ways – “Give me a reason not to hire you” or “why shouldn’t we hire you?” or “why shouldn’t we give you this job?”
Again, you must be tactful when you are asked a trick question posed to find out negatives. This is the time when you want to turn something negative into positive. Turn it around tactfully and say (four good options):
- “I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t hire me. I’ll give you many reasons why you should hire me.”
- “I can’t think of any reason. I believe there are many good reasons to hire me.“ Then, list some of the good reasons to give you the job.
- “I don’t know of any particular reason not to hire me. I hope I explained why I am a good fit for the job.”
- “I believe you should hire me because .. [this is the time to list the key competitive points of yourself as a candidate] “
4. What do you intend to do for us in the first six months?
If you’ve done your homework, this won’t be as difficult as it sounds, because you’ll be prepared.
You’ll know what the company’s goals are, how the hiring for this position plays into it, and therefore what they might like to see from the person they hire. Show how you can make a difference.
5. How does your past professional experience prepare you for this role?
The key here to be specific and select an accomplishment that is directly related to the position you are applying for. Don’t worry, even if that accomplishment is tied to your sports performance at college if it’s relevant that’s all that matters.
6. Why do you want to work for us?
This is a tool the interviewer likes to use to see if you have actually done your homework.
You should never arrive for an interview without having found out as much as possible about the company. If you have properly done your research, you can use this opportunity to demonstrate your initiative and reveal how your experience and qualifications and how they match what the company is looking for.
7. Talk please, you have five minutes.
Use these five minutes to tell the interviewer who you are and what you can bring to the company.
You can talk about your education, your experience, your skills, etc. What’s most important is that everything you talk about is directly related to the position you are applying for.
8. We are considering you and three other candidates for the position. Can you tell us why we should choose you over the other candidates?
Don’t let this ruffle your composure.
It’s simply a tactic used by interviewers. Just focus on what your strengths are and don’t try to second-guess what the others are bringing to the table. There are four things employers are looking for in the interview – professionalism, likeability, enthusiasm, and competence. Address all four points briefly.
9. What about this industry appeals to you to make you want to work in it?
Be honest, be open, and weave a story about where your interests began.
Make a point of showing any correlation between your job now and the job you are applying for. Make your passion obvious so they don’t think you are just simply interview shopping. For example, let’s say you are applying for a position as baker’s assistant. You might say one of my hobbies since I was a young child was to bake, I bake and decorate cakes for all my family’s birthdays, I’ve been working in a grocery store bakery, but my goal is to work in a true bakery.
Refer to – why did you choose this career
10. What do you know about our company?
If you did your homework before the interview, these questions won’t have you breaking a sweat.
It’s important to know what the company you are hoping to work for offers in services, products, and any other public information you can learn about them. One way to woo the interview team and make a lasting impression is know a lot about the company you are hoping to work for.
Are There Right Answers to Hard Interview Questions?
While we covered a few of the hard interview questions and given you some powerful way to handle those tough questions, the real message here is there are not hard interview questions if you come prepared.
Know yourself, know the job you are applying for, and know the company. When you’ve done your homework, you’ll be relaxed, and when you are relaxed, you will answer in a more articulate manner. There may not be a right or wrong answer, but there is always a “best” answer. Be prepared for your interview and those hard interview questions will seem easy.
“Hard interview questions just got easier when you are prepared.”