THE 5 MOST DIFFICULT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM

THE 5 MOST DIFFICULT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM

THE 5 MOST DIFFICULT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM

Tell me about yourself

This is not an excuse for you to regale your interviewer with the fascinating story of your life. And it is most definitely not the time to reveal your obsession with ‘Game of Thrones’ or what you got up to last weekend. This is a job interview so keep the focus on your education and your most recent work experiences.

Why is there a Gap in Your CV?

Sometimes there is an unavoidable gap in your CV when you were in between jobs, and this is not something to get embarrassed about. Emphasise what you learned during that time: courses you took or any volunteering experiences, for example.

What Would you Change about your Last Job?

Not a good idea to respond with “My Boss!” and a burst of gleeful laughter. A safer answer is to focus on software or tech which wasn’t available in your previous workplace.

Where do you See Yourself in 5 Years’ Time?

“Right where you’re sitting now” is the answer most likely to have the interviewer marking your CV with a big old X. “CEO of the company” is probably a little much too. Focus on specific areas of growth you can achieve within the company, and on developing your skills.

And here’s the question everybody loves to hate…

What is Your Biggest Weakness?

Don’t try and be smart with “I don’t have any” – they’ve heard that one before and frankly it’s just not true. On the other hand answering that “Sometimes I just can’t get out of bed” or “Bursts of irrational rage” is unlikely to lead to a positive outcome. Try to emphasise aspects of working life that you need to improve on, and have worked to do so. For example: “I had never used ‘Software X’ before in my last job, so I took an online course”

 

THE 5 MOST DIFFICULT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM

 

by Daniela Bernardes Loyola O’Connor

Career Advice

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