Tough questions to answer in an interview (and their answers)
How well do you think you are at attending interviews? Do you feel nervous every time you have to meet with an interviewer? We know it’s tough, and that’s why we will give you the answers to 7 difficult questions that you used to receive in interviews:
- How do you handle stress?
When you hear this question, make sure you show a positive attitude (with your face and body language), maintain eye contact, and now you are ready to answer with something like:
“A demanding position can be stressful, but every time I’m in that position, I try to take a deep breath, visualize my day and focus on the most important tasks to finish.”
Don’t say you don’t get stressed because everyone does! You could also talk about other things that you do, such as making a to-do list and being organized to handle deadlines. That will help you to manage stress. If you show that you know how to manage your time and set priorities (you could even say this), you will be well prepared.
- What is your greatest weakness?
The best way to answer this question is, to be honest. Everyone has a weakness, so you don’t have to pretend to be perfect. An example of this could be:
“I’m very anxious, but I learned to face this problem by organizing all my tasks. That helps me to establish priorities and I can work on that.”
The most important thing is that you show a problem and how are you facing that.
- Do you have any regrets?
It can be a tricky question because you may say you have no regrets. An interviewer could ask you this to know how you overcome hard situations, so don’t be afraid to tell them about your learning process. For example:
– “I didn’t know how to handle myself with my subordinates and I made a few mistakes in the past. So I started to work to be more assertive, and now I think I’m better at listening to people”
– “I wish I was more oriented at the beginning of my career because I didn’t know what to study. When I realized I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do, I started to prepare myself better and to take vocational tests”
- What’s the greatest achievement in your career?
You may feel you have accomplished a lot of things or maybe you feel you don’t. Before attending an interview, think of all the things that you have been working on, so you can make sure to give the best answer. You could explain things like:
– How do you organize a team?
– How do you create a good environment in your company?
– How do you help to build an area?
- Why do you want to work in this company?
First of all, make sure to investigate the company that you are going to apply to. If you don’t research them, you will not know what to answer. After that, you can answer things related to the company philosophy or the area that the company covers. This question can be important if you are changing industry or job roles.
- Why should we hire you?
A company usually asks this question because they want to know what makes you different from other candidates. Before you answer this, make sure that your experience, skills, and attributes make you the best fit for the job. You could talk about the passion that you have to make things that you like, your responsibility for every project that you take, and also the way that you communicate with others to make a team.
- Why do you want a new job?
Remember that it doesn’t look good to talk badly about your current job or manager. You must maintain a positive attitude and, key phrases to answer this will be something like:
– “I’m looking to grow professionally”
– “I want to learn new things, that allows me to mix my current expertise with the knowledge that I will have”
You don’t need to mention that you are looking for more income because that is obvious. Any insecure or negative comment will be a red flag for the interviewer.