10 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them
Interview is the stage of recruitment through which every potential candidate has to pass. Mostly people falter at the interview stage. It is mostly because of the stress that creeps up inside their mind along with the low self esteem and confidence. Another appropriate answer to it could be the fact that the candidate is not well prepared before the interview.
Majority of the questions asked by the interviewers are the same and hence, you can already buck up and prepare them beforehand. By doing so, you enhance the confidence within as well as increase the chances of passing the interview stage.
No interviewer expects general answers to the questions they put up. The more unique and charismatic you are, the more are the chances of getting the job. Hence, we have prepared a list of top 10 tough interview questions and how to answer them:
1. What is your biggest weakness that’s really a weakness, and not a secret strength?
The best answer to this question would go like this:
I am a bit impatient. If I see the employees running low on the expectations, I tend to do everything by myself. This is in order to keep the work levels up and also set an example to the employees who always want someone to stand up and take an initiative.
In order to take down my weakness, I try to prep the people who I work with and aware them of what is expected of them.
2. You have changed careers before. Why should I let you experiment on my nickel?
Change in careers has actually worked in my favor. It has given a variety of experience and in a lot of industries. It necessarily means that I am very flexible with the work that is assigned to me. The skills that I have obtained while changing my career paths have helped me to keep creative and come out as the best employee so far.
3. What do you view as your risks and disadvantages with the position we are interviewing you for?
Having a home office that is situated miles away from the globe carries a very little risk as the person may not have the chance to talk it out with the senior management of the company but having to work in an office will work very well to bridge the gap.
4. Will you be out to take my job?
Not now but may be 20 years down the line when you would be responsible for the management of the whole company and in case you would need a lieutenant to help you out, I will surely be available to take your job.
5. Can you describe your dream job?
People look very pretty when they talk about something they like and they have passion in their eyes. I always followed what my passion was and still doing it. Since, the work that is done in this company is somehow my passion so I can term it as my dream job to be precise.
6. How many hours a week do you usually work, and why?
My threshold for work is too much. I love working when there is a work that I like. I don’t care about the daylight or complete darkness when I am on a mission of finishing up a project. This is the confidence and energy that keeps me going. Hence, I don’t count the time I work in a week as I have always taken up jobs that I liked and in those cases there was no point of counting the time.
7. Are you better at “managing up” or “managing down”?
The person who is good at managing up is the one who gets a chance to manage down. I am good at self management and I have never gone through a phase where I was struggling to meet a deadline proposed to me by the management.
8. Did you ever make a mistake that cost your company money?
Asking for an expensive wine instead of a regular one on a Christmas party isn’t a big amount that I cost my company, right? Anyway, telling honestly I have never done a thing that has cost my former companies any money.
9. When do you think you’ll peak in your career?
The best part about me is that I never become content because when people are content, they tend to work slower and the energy gets down. I simply have no horizon considering my abilities. I always want to push my limits and see how far I go along with my company I work for.
10. What would you do if you really wanted to hire a woman under you, and you knew the perfect candidate, but your boss really wanted to hire a man for the job?
I would suggest my boss to conduct a weekly test for both the candidates on freelance and hire the person who performs better. There can be no better and just way of recruiting someone for the job.