There will be several questions during your job interview that might be critical – These are the tough questions. This article will help you prepare yourself as well as properly respond to such questions.
See also behavioral job interview questions for more helpful insights.
Answering Tough Interview Questions
Here are the tips,
- Keep your body language in check
The first thing to remember while answering tough questions is that one should keep his interview body language in check.
Maintain eye contact throughout, and an interested, calm expression. Avoid/eliminate scratching, nail-biting, knuckle cracking, face touching, etc.
- Be prepared
Anticipate questions; prepare and rehearse your answers.
Don’t be caught off-guard. If there are some unusual situations, or ‘red-flags’ you would be wise to not mention whatever does not require mentioning. Difficulties that are necessary to place on the table should be described in brief; then you should quickly move on to a different aspect in which you were quite successful. But be prepared to answer and provide more information in case you are questioned.
- See “Tell about yourself” section for more pointers.
- Review with a colleague or friend
You can offer to return the favor, but this is one of the best ways to ensure putting your best foot forward, and do not overly impose.
Consider carefully the best way to present yourself and your background, and rehearse in front of a mirror a few times.
Then call your friend and request a mock interview. Make sure to get all the critiquing you can handle! Clean up your presentation, and if time allows, try again.
- Take responsibility
When discussing any past problems and failures, adopt a mature approach.
Take responsibility for at least some aspect; explain what you could have done and what you would do in such a case in the future. Be careful to avoid revealing additional incriminating information. Be brief as possible about the issue itself, and rather elaborate on how you grew from this experience.
For more related ideas, see series of behavioral questions.