The 3 Most Difficult Job Interview Questions and How to Respond

Now that you have taken the time to fill out all of those online applications, reworked your resume, created an awesome cover letter and landed the big job interview, you are probably wondering what happens next.

Walking through the door of the building is only one part of the process, especially when you have some of the most difficult interview questions thrown your way and you have no idea how you SHOULD respond to them. Interviews are a process of elimination.

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When you meet with the employer, they are going to ask you some questions that you might not be sure how to answer to position yourself best. Their goal is to weed out those individuals who aren’t worthy of working for their company.

Being prepared when going into a job interview can help to relieve some of the stress and worry you are dealing with. Confidence is one of the best qualities for a prospective employee to posses.

What is your Biggest Weakness?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions in which many people hurt themselves by answering incorrectly. Many interviewees feel that if they admit a weakness, they are going to be shown the door and told to leave. If you aren’t sure how to respond, consider this.

For example, lets say that you have a tendency to say yes and overcommit yourself. Follow your comment with an example of how you are working to prioritize and set personal limits for yourself.

The last thing you want to do is draw negative attention to yourself by admitting a weakness that can lead to an employer thinking you aren’t the right person to fill the position.

Turn the weakness into a positive and focus your attention on your strengths.

What Salary do you Feel you Deserve?            

Regardless of what the question says, don’t state a salary. If you are the first one to state a number, the number could end up being far less than what the employer was actually willing to pay you. Wait for them to give you a range. When they do ask you for a figure that you expect to make, choose a number that is higher than the middle of the range offered.

If you aren’t sure what to expect realistically, plenty of tools online can help you in the process. Altogether you should avoid talking about salary on the first interview.

Why Should they Hire you?

For this particular question, you definitely want to be prepared before going in for your interview. Take a look at your resume and find three to five things that make you exceptional.

The qualities identified should accent your work ability, such as, “I am a hard worker” or “I will work hard to get things done.” Be sure to back that up by demonstrating a track record outlining your results. Your past performance is always a good indication of what you are going to do in the future.

As the editor of, Gerald Buck seeks out the top companies that have positions available and provides the most up to date information on how to apply for available jobs. He is also passionate about providing career and resourceful tips.

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