Tough job interview questions are always nerve-racking. To reduce the stress, you should have solid preparation and anticipation of the possible questions, especially the typical yet tough ones. Remember that the job interview is your chance to impress the interviewer and give light to the contents of your resume.
This article will give you ideas on how to become effective on answering tough job interview questions to leave a positive mark with your interviewer that could give you better chances of getting hired.
Tough Job Interview Questions – Part I
Tell me about yourself.
Telling your basic information is not what the interviewer wants to know since he may have read or is holding your resume at the moment. It is easy to talk about yourself but, keep in mind that the interviewer is looking for:
- Positive descriptions about yourself such as your enthusiasm, self confidence, leadership skills.
- Overview of your related experience and the things that you have done before that has prepared you to become the best candidate for the position.
- Always give an example to explain things up.
What are your greatest strengths?
You know to yourself that you have many positive qualities. But since you can only choose a few, be careful as your answer will also reflect your values.
- Discuss attributes that will qualify you for the job and be ready to make reference to a situation where you have demonstrated such strength.
- Always give an example to back things up.
What is your greatest weakness?
Keep in mind that interviewers love honest answers. We all know we have our very own weaknesses but:
- Mention only your weakness that is related to your past work experience or your professional career.
- Remember that this is not about your weakness for beautiful women, wild animals or giving cliché answers like being workaholic etc.
- Make sure that when you answer this question, choose your weakness that would add value to your professional work
- Enumerate steps of solutions that you did / does to improve them to contribute more to your professional career.
- Turn your weakness into strength by showing your commitment to self improvement.