Forewarned is forearmed, that is the reason we have compiled a list of 7 tricky questions that hiring managers love to use, and interviewee sometimes stumble over. Here it is in comprehensive form, so read on to find out what employees are asking for a job interview and how to strategically answer them.
1. Why do you think you will be successful in this job?
Here, you are being asked to match your skill sets to the attributes needed to do the job. This is an explicit question. Why are you suited for this particular job, as opposed to any other?
Advice – Thoroughly researches your employer and job details you are applying for as this will save the day. It will enable you to match your interests, experience, and skills to the company and the job role.
2. Give an example of a time when you handled a major crisis.
This question is similar asking “Can you give an example when you had to deal with pressure or with an awkward situation?”
Advice – Take a trip down to your memory lane. You may find it easier to answer if you think back through your study, experience, travel and extracurricular activities and come up with the time when you had to deal with an unexpected problem.
3. What is your biggest weakness?
The problem with this question is you are being asked about your limitations, when your instinct, during an interview, is to keep your imperfections as concealed as possible.
Advice – Here you need to play strategically with words and frame your answer in a way to give it a positive spin.
An alternative way, to approach this answer is to think about the probable downside of your greatest strength.
4. Where do you expect to be in five years’ time?
This is another question that ask you to show off your indulgence on chosen career path and employer research. You need to appear enthusiastic, but not arrogant.
Advice – Specific details will impress an interviewer. Hence, tailor your response to reflect the sector, your experience, skills and nature of an organization.
5. Have you ever had a bad experience with an employer?
Recruiters ask such questions to see how you cope when you are put on the spot as to produce an honest answer. Remember, this is your test where you must come up with a diplomatic response.
Advice – Whether you describe the tricky situation or sidestep the question, do not attack your previous employer in your answer. Also, make certain you do not incriminate yourself while answering.
6. How do you prioritize tasks and manage your time?
The purpose of this question is recruiter wants to know your strategies for getting yourself organized.
Advice – Whatever methods you use to prioritize your tasks and manage your time, you should be prepared to describe it.
7. What motivates you?
The hidden agenda behind this question is to know – what you do well and what you enjoy doing.
Advice – Your answer should draw on an example from your work experience, studies or extracurricular activities that advocate you would be immensely motivated by the job you are interviewing for.