The substance of tough interview questions may change over time, but the aim remains the same: to trip up the applicant and see how they respond to the uncomfortable and the unexpected query., remind u the interview question may look unrelated to post you are applying, But yes they mean a lot regarding your commitment & view on the company, so better prepare yourself with few given question.
Your interviewer is likely more interested in your demeanor as you answer the question than he/she is in your answer. So strategic use of pre-interview research is the key to feeling prepared for anything that might be asked of you.
Here are some strategies for answering nine of the toughest “trap door” interview questions.
What are your weaknesses?
Do your research and be ready with an answer that plays to your best-educated guess of what the particular company is looking for in a new emplmoyee.
Shape your answer into a story about how you’ve worked on one of your weaknesses and turned it into a growing strength.
If you can tie-up this growing strength to one of the skills needed for the job you’re looking after, you’ll really ace the answer to this question.
Why do you want to work here?
To answer this, or the closely related “What is your ideal work environment?” question, research the company’s mission statement as well as any positive news you can find about the company ahead of the interview.what matter most is the mutual interest.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
employers checking for sense of commitment from candidates/ employees.
You need to answer in a way that makes clear that your goals align with the company’s and that you hope to grow in ways that align with the job you are currently seeking.
This is a crucial interview question always be prepared for this ace card.
Why do you want to leave your current company?
Like the “Why did you leave your last job?” question, this question requires you to find an aspect of your current (or previous) company that you liked and that is also present in the company you are interviewing for, and then talk about it honestly.
Emphasize what you were able to accomplish in your last role, and how you were able to grow, and never speak negatively about a past employer.
NOTE : few of company they may cross check your background with the company.
Why is there a gap in your work history?
Be prepared to answer this question in a way that emphasizes how you’ve employed your professional skills during times of unemployment (this also should be noted on your resume or in your cover letter).
If pressed, be honest about how and why you left past jobs, including dismissals, but do not fall into the trap of criticizing past employers.
Simply emphasize the positive aspects of each past employment experience in ways that make clear how these past experiences will help you bring value to your next position.
Tell me about a time you made a mistake
Questions about past mistakes are some of the toughest and trickiest interview questions to answer.
You want to acknowledge the mistake (and never badmouth or blame others), but you never want to make yourself seem like a liability or a risk to hire for this new job!
Avoid talking about mistakes involving carelessness or lack of effort. It’s better to talk about making a mistake because you hadn’t experienced a situation before, or didn’t quite have the right knowledge.
And then here’s the key – at the end of your answer, talk about what you learned from the experience and how you’ve become better since then.
If possible, talk about encountering a similar situation a second time and getting a much better outcome because of the lessons you learned.
What can you offer us that other candidates can’t?
This is your chance to show what you can do for them. That’s essentially what they’re asking here – “Tell us what you can do for us!’
So always be ready to talk about this in an interview.
Study the job description, think about your own resume and experience, and prepare to highlight how your knowledge and skills will allow you to come in and succeed in this role.
Make it clear that you are the candidate that can solve their problems by making sure you do the research to find out what those are (or might be), and tailor your answer to those issues with specific examples of how your skills and experience can be applied to those issues. Tell a success story about how you addressed similar issues in the past.
What did you like least about your last job?
If possible, mention a task that will not be required in the new role or work environment. Don’t focus on politics or people.
Then, shift to what you liked about your last job, especially those parts that will also be part of your new role. It’s worth re-emphasizing this point: do not speak negatively about a past or current employer.
“What if” questions
Don’t be afraid to respond to “what if” questions, or any question that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable, by expressing your surprise at the question, or asking for a moment to think through your response.
Also, accept the challenge with a bit of mildly self-deprecating humor, and then launch into your answer. Humor will ease the tension—yours and your interviewer’s—and that always leaves a good impression.
Things to Keep in Mind
They’re looking for someone they feel comfortable hiring! And they’d rather find that person sooner than later.
Dont rush yourself if you hear a tricky interview question that caught you completely off-guard. Take a deep breath and think it through
FInally , the interviewer just wants to hear your thought process.
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