Written by Sophie Down | August 27, 2014
Coming 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.