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Tips on how to answer 6 difficult interview questions.
Mar 16, 2020

Tips on how to answer 6 difficult interview questions.

When you go on a job interview expect to be asked behavioral, case, situational, or competency-based questions. You'll also be asked about your employment history, your ability to work on a team, your leadership skills, your motivation, as well as other interview questions related to your skills and abilities.

Your responses need to be targeted for the job you are interviewing for and should show the employer why you're a qualified candidate,  fit for the job and the company. Take the time to prepare in advance by reviewing the different  interview questions you'll be asked

Question 1.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The interviewer wants to understand more about your

  • long term career objective
  • How you are striving toward your goals
  • How this particular role will contribute toward your success

So make sure you give specific examples to help your answer stand out. Also do not try to be humorous when answering this question because some interviewer may not like it, for example saying ‘I will be sitting in that chair’. The interviewer will get the impression that you are not serious about the job or will be offended by that answer.

Question 2.What is your weakness?

This question is asked for the purpose of knowing you better to see if you have a sense of self-awareness and that you are actively working on self-improvement. So choose a real weakness and it is better if its the one that you are working on improving by sharing what you are doing to overcome that weakness.

Also, your weakness may be an advantage to the organization example ‘My weakness is getting too immersed or absorbed in work that I lose track of time’, so this means you will be spending more time working which is good for the organization.

Question 3. Why should we hire you?

Employer ask this question to find what differentiates you from other candidates, so it's a good opportunity to sell yourself and your skills your answer should cover three things;

  • You can not only do the work but also deliver a great result

  • You really fit in the team and culture

  • You will be a better hire than the other candidates.

If you structure your answer focusing on those three areas this will prove to the interviewer that you are better than other candidates.
 

Question 4.Why are you leaving your current job?

You should keep things positive when answering this question because being negative about your current or previous employer or job will not yield anything rather than stain your attitude and qualifications to get the job.

Be honest when answering this question but positively state your reasons. For example, if your reason for leaving is because you seek to make more money, say it in such a way that it doesn’t make you look like love money than doing your work. Don't reply by bad-mouthing your previous or current employer even if he is.

Question 5. What motivates you?

This question is asked to know you better in terms of your strength, so your answer should give the recruiter insight into;

  • What you enjoy doing and what you value

  • Whether you will do well in the role

  • How you would fit into their team

  • What makes you do your work effectively

For example, it can be recognition, development, being able to compete with others and have a chance to outperform them.

Question 6. Explain your employment gap.

You should answer this question in such a way that project confidence and positivity, be honest without going through unnecessary details example if you left work to be a caretaker, you were layoff or you took time off for personal reasons.

Also mention anything that you have done to keep up on the industry, how you stayed in touch with colleagues or what you have done to prepare for your re-entry. The goal is to convey that you’ve been engaged even if you haven’t been formally employed.

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