October 24, 2014

Going into an interview is stressful enough. Trying to figure out what to wear, putting together a portfolio that displays your expertise, and practicing your speaking skills over and over again can increase anxiety and certainly take up a great deal of your time. Still, before going into any interview, you need to be prepared for the possibility of being asked tough, and sometimes personal, interview questions. Common interview questions generally don’t require much thinking, but the tough ones may throw you for a loop.

Know What to Say Before They Ask

Although you can’t predict every question an interviewer might ask, you certainly can anticipate the type of tough questions that may pop up during the process. Typically, these interview questions come in a variety of forms. Here are some pointers in the right direction that you can tailor based on your own interview.

What is your greatest weakness and not really your secret strength?

When employers ask the first half of this sentence, they often expect candidates to turn their weakness around and have it serve them in some way. However, when they attach the ending, it can certainly seem like a question that is meant to promote self-sabotage. Still, candidates should find a way to communicate their professional weakness while attempting to let the employer know how they are tackling it and how they would deal with the weakness in the work setting.

You’ve had many jobs before. Why should I take the risk with someone who’s moved around so many times?

If you’ve had many jobs throughout your career, there are two ways this can be perceived. Some employers may see that you grow tired and restless and back out of positions quickly, leaving the companies you’ve worked for high and dry. Another perception, which is one you should try to communicate, is that you’ve moved around a lot so you could gain a diverse skill set, one that includes an immense amount of experience that will serve you in the position for years to come.

Are there any fears you have about this position?

If an employer asks you what you think would not work out well for you if you received the position, be careful in constructing your answer. Try to communicate any blatant disadvantages followed by a quick positive perception. For example, if it’s a telecommuting position you can say that the disadvantage would be a lack of social stimulation and workplace community. Follow this with the fact that email and phone conferences will certainly help combat this disadvantage.

At Inter-Connect Employment Services, we are leaders in providing professional interview advice for job candidates looking for a new career. We want to see our clients achieve their business goals and will go to great lengths to satisfy their needs. If you have any questions about interviewing successfully or any other general job-seeking inquiries, please contact us today!

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