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Answers to Tough Interview Questions

It's impossible for an individual to anticipate every question that an interviewer will ask during an interview. However, there are some questions that are more common than others. As a result, it may be helpful for an applicant to look over some examples of the answers that they can use for some of the tough interview questions that may come up.

The first tough interview question that may come up is "What is your greatest weakness?" This question is looking for a flaw, but the flaw doesn't necessarily have to be a major flaw related to the position that you are attempting to obtain. In fact, you should be able to answer this question simply by choosing a weakness that has little to no effect on your ability to perform the job. For example, a computer programmer might be able to answer this tough interview question by stating "Well, as you may have noticed from my resume, I worked for a short period of time as a sales representative. Unfortunately, I've never been very good at describing the benefits of a product so I'm not much of a salesmen."

Another tough interview question that you may have to answer is "Have you ever been fired?" This question is simply looking for a yes or no answer and, if the answer is yes, an explanation of why you were fired. The key to answering this question is to show that you have taken responsibility or to explain why you were fired if you were fired for a reason that was beyond your control. For example, a sales representative might state "Yes, I was fired about six years ago from a company that was selling merchandise overseas. At the time, I was attempting to negotiate a contract with a firm interested in purchasing an assortment of products. Unfortunately, I made a mistake when I entered the order so the factory received a much larger order than they should have received. As a result, I lost the job and I've been much more careful about double-checking my orders since then."

A third and final example of a tough interview question that you may have to answer is "'I've noticed that you've had a lot of different jobs' or 'I've noticed that you've been out of work for a quite a while.' Is there a reason for that?" This question is looking for a quick explanation that describes the reason that you keep changing jobs or the reason that you have been unemployed. For example, a computer programmer might answer these tough interview questions with the response "As you probably know, the computer programming market has been growing rapidly. However, the specific areas in which the market grows continue to change from to year to year. As a result, it has become more and more difficult to find a stable position."

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Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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