Job interview questions can be tricky but knowing the right things to say can be the difference between you getting the job you desire and spending time looking for another. Practice these thoughtful answers to tough job interview questions, and you’ll be sure to impress.
How long would you stay with our company?
This is a good question to get asked; it is most likely a signal that they are thinking of offering you the job. It however can be tricky, as it also shows concern as to whether you will leave after a short while.
Don’t take the bait. Give an answer such as: “I would hope to have a great career with this company. I respond well to direction and am always looking to learn. I define success as being ready when an opportunity arises.
Describe how you do a major project
This is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that you are someone who can identify and solve problems: “I believe in effective strategic planning that involves both forward thinking and backward thinking.” This is a simple, yet effective answer.
What are your three greatest strengths and weaknesses?
This is one of the most common job interview questions, and also one of the most challenging. For strengths, keep in mind that every company needs people who can do three things well: 1) earn revenue; 2) save money; and 3) save time.
For weaknesses, avoid admitting to character flaws. Any weaknesses you want to mention should be related to your skills and delivered in past tense: “I wasn’t astute with PowerPoint when I first started, but I read a great book, practiced, and became very proficient. Now I train others in PowerPoint presentations.”
Any time you can demonstrate how you overcame a weakness, all the better.
What keeps you up at night?
This question is another way of asking for weaknesses. As you begin to feel more and more comfortable with the interviewer, there is a tendency to let your guard down. Don’t.
The answer should sound like: “Aside from the occasional nightmare about interviewing, I work so hard that I rarely have a difficult time sleeping. I believe in proper time management and I’m no good to anyone if I’m tired.”
Tell me how you progressed through your last company
This question is a good one especially if the hiring manager is looking for a candidate they can promote. Here you can intersperse more about your personal and business traits.
Be very complimentary of the company you work for: “The training was superb.” It will be hard not to ramble a little, but focus on the promotions by title as a result of dedicated hard work and outstanding accomplishments with outright genius.
If you were a colour, which one would you be?
The best answer to this is “The rainbow. You can go on and tell the interviewer that there are four basic personality types in individuals and that you pride yourself on trying to recognize and adapt to each one, depending on the situation.
You can say sometimes you need to be red; sometimes green; sometimes black and white; sometimes even pink.” The interviewer will be blown away with your answer.