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How to answer the trickiest interview questions?

Wouldn’t be great if you knew exactly what the recruiter would be asking you in your next job interview?

While we sadly can’t read minds, we will give you the best questions and answers most asked to show you’re the right applicant for the job.

Ready? Let’s get started.

1-Tell me about yourself: So many people fail to prepare for this question. Don’t give your complete employment or personal history. Start off with the 2-3 specific accomplishments that you most want the interviewer to know about, then wrap up talking about how that prior experience shows that you’re the right fit for the job.

2- What’s your biggest weakness? The first step to fixing a problem is admitting it. Be modest, we all have weaknesses and its okay to mention some part of your skills that need work. However, saying “I’m a perfectionist” is a bad idea, this is considered a canned answer and it can be a double-edged sword. So be honest, positive and choose a weakness that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker, and then describe how you overcame it. For instance, speak about a weakness you used to have and worked on yourself hard to improve it. Share you story, identify your weakness, state what actions did you do to improve it and what is/was the result (for example: Did you lack presentation skills? Well this is definitely a weakness in almost all roles you might be applying for, share what actions and tactics did you do to improve your presentation skills (courses, practice, memorizing scripts) and what are the current results?

3- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Employers don’t want to invest in hiring, training, and paying an employee who’s not going to stick around. Answer in a way that shows your commitment to growing within your field. Employers want to hire employees who are self-motivated, and who have an inner drive to better themselves and keep learning. A hiring manager wants to know if you have ambition, if you’ve set realistic expectations for you career and if this positon aligns with your goals and growth.

4- Why are you leaving your current job? Keep things positive. Frame things in a way that shows you’re eager to take on new opportunities and make new experiences. You’re looking for a bigger challenge and to growing your career. Never badmouth your boss, the interviewer will wonder if you will be bad-mouthing his company next time you’re looking for work.

5- Can you explain why you changed career paths? Be sincere, explain to the recruiter why you’ve made the career decisions you have, give a few examples of how your past experience is transferrable to the new role, in additions, your past experiences will be an asset to the company.

Don’t panic! Don’t rush! Take a deep breath.

Article by: Rita Bakhit

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