Interviews, undoubtedly, are one of the most tensed situations one is faced with; but being forewarned is being forearmed. Interviewers have their unique way of throwing some googly balls at you. They ask you one thing, but they are trying to dig out some other information from it; there are high chances of you getting ‘stumped’ if your defence is not good enough. Here’s your guide to help you with the trickiest interview questions and expect a positive response.
The introductory enquiry and your chance to create an impactful impression. The answer to this should not include your details too much; your qualification is enough. What the hiring people want to know are the skills that you possess which are in relevance to the position being offered. Do not go on with a long list of all your accomplishments, instead chose a few which are the highlights and are going to be helpful in performing to the best of your ability in the position you are being interviewed for. (Similar question asked: How would you describe yourself? Or Tell me something about yourself.)
Well, we all know weakness is a negative thing, and if our recruiter is asking you exactly that, it is obvious that he is looking for red flags. They are focusing more on how you answer it, how you handle an uncomfortable situation more than what your drawbacks. This is where you have to outsmart them by not giving away your frailties outright. You have to use a sieve here to differentiate those which straight away weaknesses from those which can be spoken of in a positive light. At the same time, self-awareness is also required; living in self-denial can be detrimental to your professional life majorly. For instance, if your weakness is punctuality, it is a bad decision to talk about it, for you know it is that which defines you and what you will bring to the table for the company. On the other hand, say something like, “I would like to change my tendency of getting carried away and becoming over committed. I am working hard on understanding my limitations and taking only as much as I can afford to do.” Never highlight your negativities, instead always keep the scope of improvement on the top of your priority list and reply accordingly. Being untruthful is not going to be helpful in answering this question, be honest and tell them that you are putting in an effort, to evolve from that fragile state. (Similar questions asked: “what are your weakest skills? Or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?)
This is one of the trickiest interview questions which is going to be of direct concern to the hiring company; through your answer, they will get an idea of how far you are willing to work hard for them. It might be bait for you to badmouth your present boss and this will surely paint an image of you to the recruiter. Beware, thus, not to drown, exercise self-control, even though you may have some of the worst experiences of your life with your boss, and never talk about that. You could answer this by putting to focus that your skills were not being challenged enough, giving the impression that the recruiting company can push you with your skills. While you say this, do mention the positives of the current job, perhaps by saying that you liked how you never felt out of place with the ambience and approachability of the company and co-workers. Or say “I have gained quite some knowledge from having worked at the organisation, however, I think I have the potential to work on more specialised projects and since the job description of your company seems to be promising that, I would not fail to seize the opportunity”. (Similar questions asked: “What do you like the least about your last job?” Or “Why didn’t you like your last job?”)
This is your pitching point; when asked this question, you can be sure that the recruiter is looking for your innovative skills that they can employ for the development of the company. Every organisation looks for visionaries who can time and again suggest ways in which to enhance the presence of the company in the market. Hence, having a creative brain on board gives them an extra brain to think and create novel things. Lateral thinking is nothing but your creative bent of mind; what they are trying to know from you is what was the challenging situation you have had to face and how exactly you dealt with it by exercising your presence of mind and finding an alternative solution to it. This is one of the trickiest interview questions, which has two parts to it; first, identify a real-life situation and second provide a valid creative solution to it. Your reply to this will also establish your problem-solving skills, a significant requirement for the role of a manager in any company, especially in the media and publishing industries. (Similar questions asked: How have you handled a difficult situation? Or Why should we hire you?)
The underlying intention of asking such a question is to get a clear picture of what your career goals are, whether or not they are realistic. And how significantly this particular job position helps you in achieving those goals and helps you grow. With utmost emphasis I would suggest that your answer should never be “I have no idea”; this is your direct indication to your interviewer that you have no aspirations and therefore not the ideal choice for the company’s future. Try saying something like you feel by working with them you will have the scope for growth that will help you achieve your professional goals because it is your choice of work field. Further add that you aspire to become more and more responsible, knowledgable and ultimately an expert in the work that you do in the next five years. (Similar question: “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”)
Now, that you have finished reading the blog on how to answer the trickiest interview questions, it’s time to buckle up and start preparing sincerely for the interview. All the best! Don’t have a stunning resume that passes ATS, then feel free to take our support in preparing your resume at international standards.
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