How to Handle Tough Interview Questions

Finding a job in such a competitive market can be difficult. Job hunting can always be really stressful. Fear of the unknown is the norm until the time of the interview. You do everything you can to prepare, but what about those tough interview questions?

Most importantly might be the infamous question “Tell Me about Yourself”? This is a hard one because there answer can be so broad. Please don’t talk about your hobbies and family. Use this as a chance to discuss your experience and accomplishments. Stay relevant to the position you are competing for.

Another big question always asked is “Why Should I Hire You”? The best answer is because you believe that you are the best candidate for the position. Show your confidence in yourself and your abilities. A job interview is not the best time to be shy, there will be competition. Tell your prospective employer about makes you better than the many other competitors.

A question that is not popular but is necessary is “What is Your Greatest Weakness”? This is the question that might very well be the hardest to answer. The biggest mistake that most people make is taking a positive aspect and trying to turn it into a weakness. For example, working too hard or too much is not a weakness and turning it around to look like a weakness defeats the whole purpose of the question. Be honest about your weakness and talk about how you’re are addressing it and trying to overcome this weakness. Answering this question in a forthright manner willingness to grow and what company doesn’t want an honest person as part of the team.

And then the question is “Are You a Team Player”? This question is often viewed as a simple yes or no question. The obvious answer is yes but prepare some decent examples of how being a team player has made you successful. Discuss how working as part of a team has helped you in work or school. This question often leads to questions about how you deal with conflict and resolution in the workplace, so be prepared for that.

And finally, “How Do You Handle Conflict with a Supervisor”? This is always a tough question to answer. The easiest way to answer is to treat the conflict with a supervisor as you would with anyone else that you work with. Talk about asking to have a meeting with this supervisor. Maybe the most important thing that your prospective employer may be looking for is that you will not cause a scene and that you don’t have an issue with authority.