One of the toughest undertakings an applicant must go through is a job interview. Before one gets hired, he or she must be able to impress the interviewer or the panel of interviewers. To do so, the aspiring applicant should be able to answer the interview questions in such a way that will make him or her outshine the rest of the applicants.
Tough interview questions are most likely the same, the manner in answering them can be tough. Furthermore, one will have to gauge how answering these questions can help him or her land a job. Some of the most common questions include the following:
1. Tell me about yourself. This is one of the most common interview question or the trickiest among the questions. This question is asked in order for an employer to get to know the applicant. Answering this in a general manner may make it too vague. On the other hand, being too detailed may lead the interview off-track. Thus, an applicant must be prepared to answer this question beforehand. He or she must be able to highlight his or her strengths, skills, and attributes that may contribute to the success of the company.
2. What’s your greatest weakness? This is another tricky question, and interviewers will be able to determine whether an applicant chooses a strength and tones it down into a weakness. Therefore, sincerity plays an important role in this area. Beforehand, an applicant must be able to identify his or her weaknesses or skills that he or she needs improvement, and what he or she does to improve.
3. Why should we not hire you? This question is frequently among the questions being asked, rather than the formerly common one which is, “why should we hire you”. More or less this question tries to see how an applicant responds to an unforeseen question. This may be a test on how spontaneously an applicant can respond to a question and think out of the box. Some of the possible answers could be lack of experience, but countering it with willingness to learn, or by challenging the question by stating that you would rather talk about positive things such as how you can be an asset to the company. This may make the interviewer see the applicant as someone who is engaged, focused, and not intimidated easily.