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How To Answer Tough Interview Questions


How To Answer Tough Interview Questions

How To Answer the 5 Tough Interview Questions

No matter how well you prepare or how many times you interview, there are certain interview questions that always seem hard to answer. Here are suggestions from My CV and Me on how to respond to those most common, yet most difficult interview questions to answer.

Why were you fired from your last job?

Dont give a long, rambling story or blame the company or your boss. A simple statement about a personality clash, a personal problem that has been resolved or a company thats downsizing is a good place to start. Then emphasise what you have learnt from the experience. Tell the truth and have one story and stick to it regardless of how many people are interviewing you. They will compare notes afterwards! Also, don't be angry. Feeling angry after being fired is normal. However, you need to leave that anger at home and not bring it to the interview with you.

What are your greatest weaknesses?

When it comes to weaknesses, make sure that you describe the weaknesses that are ambiguous enough to be converted into strengths. You could say I get nervous about giving presentations and speeches or I take things to heart and get too disappointed when things are done in the wrong way and then give examples. Or "I sometimes push people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength." Common answers to avoid are Im a perfectionist and anything about planning and prioritising as managers dont like this.

Please explain the gap in your work history
It doesnt matter if the gap is six months or two years, this question is always difficult to answer. I spent 2 years looking for work, will raise concerns. You must have a solid reason for not working or having a big gap in your work history. The important thing to remember is that you do not have to defend your absence, you just need to explain it. Some examples could be caring for a sick family member, raising children, further training or travelling. Refer to skills such as budgeting, planning, organising and prioritising that you learned while raising your family. These all transfer to on-the-job skills.

What relevant experience do you have?
If you have limited or no experience, then focus on identifying the transferable skills you have demonstrated at school, university or through internships such as communication skills and managing people and budgets.

Acknowledge your lack of experience but stress how much you want to work for company. Bring samples of work youre proud of. This will show the interviewer what you are capable of. Also show a willingness to learn!

Don't you think you are overqualified for this job?

You may have applied for a job for which you are overqualified. The interviewers main concern will not be around your ability to do the job but around your commitment to the role. They will be concerned that you will get bored and leave as soon as something better comes along. Be clear about your reasons for applying and be honest. Talk about what you like about the position and explain about any changes in family life, financial circumstances or a desire for a less stressful job. These are all genuine reasons and will not prevent you from getting the job.

Guest article by Nikki, founder of CV writing company My CV and Me.