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5 Difficult Interview Questions and What they Really Mean

Written by Sophie Down | August 27, 2014 | 5 Comments
Interview-waiting-line-BSComing across difficult interview questions can stump you, but taking time to plan on how to answer them will help you endlessly throughout your career. Webrecruit looks at answering five of the most difficult interview questions, and what they really mean.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Interviewers and hiring managers use this question to look into whether the job itself sits in your career plans. Not many people know where they will be in five years time, yet you can use this question to focus on how that job can ensure you develop particular skills to help you get to where you want to be. Use this question to match the opportunities of the role to your career development.

What can you do for this company?

In other words, why should we hire you? This interview question specifically looks at what value you can bring to the company. It is here where you need to think of firstly the aims of the role, and what this role adds to the overall objectives of the company. Accompanying these two together shows that you are looking to work at something to achieve an end objective both for your position, and for the firm as a whole.

Tell me about yourself

Not many people want to sit in the middle of an interview and talk about themselves, let alone know which bits to talk about. What this question should be is, tell me the bits about yourself that can help us with the outcomes of this position. Put differently, what parts of you evoke relevant skills that can be brought into the responsibilities included in the role. Remember however that it is important to be truthful, as these aspects must be maintained when carrying out the job.

What is your biggest weakness?

Everyone has their weaknesses, but its showing that you are willing to work on these weaknesses to improve that is important. Answering this honestly can be very advantageous on your part, but answering this honestly and giving a good solution on how to resolve your weakness can be even better.

Tell me a time you haven’t got on with a co-worker?

Each office has its own individual culture; what the hiring manager is searching for is whether you would fit in with others already on the team. In terms of when something has gone wrong previously with another colleague or within your department, show how you got past this issue to prove your skills in not only working well with others but solving problems when they arise.
It’s worth practicing answering these questions at home, so when they crop up during your discussion you are ready to respond quickly and effectively to ensure your interview success.

5 thoughts on “5 Difficult Interview Questions and What they Really Mean

  1. Tony Spencer on Reply

    Sorry to be a pooper but I had a critical job interview a couple of weeks ago, and they didn’t ask me any of these questions.
    What they did ask me, however, and what I always find virtually impossible to handle, were a couple of ‘Give us an example of when you….’ questions. These clearly require very specific answers, very quickly, and I just hate them, and , as I say, there are ALWAYS at least one of these. Any suggestions, please?

    1. Sophie Down on Reply

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for commenting on our blogs. These 5 questions are only an example of what you could potentially be asked, of course there are a huge variety of questions for different jobs. What we would suggest is preparing for questions such as these. Create a list of tasks you may have done previously, including team projects, difficult duties, great achievements, so you have something to hand when these questions are asked.

      There are some great examples of this type of question on the following website to help you collate this:

      Best regards,

  2. Saundra Parkes on Reply

    This is very helpful, I am attending an interview, for an Internship this morning and I will apply this thinking to help me through the interview. Thank you for these “Sound Bytes” as they are most helpful.

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