How to answer tough questions in an interview ?

BY Saravanan Jul 16, 2018

With a little or no preparation, any potential candidate might feel not tough to answer most of the basic questions in an interview. Since the fundamental questions are mostly about skills, experience, talent or capabilities. The riskier issues arise when the interviewer poses questions like "what would you (or did you) do in this situation?" or  personal queries about your family or marital status. And then there are questions, like ‘if you are standing on the road, which way would you take’ question, to which there is no right answer. So anyway one has to be confident to handle whatever is thrown at you, keeping in mind that primary purpose of the question is to test your ability to handle the particular situation.

While there are definitely some questions which are very common, it is in your best interest to prepare for the especially tough interview questions. Since the interview is the final hurdle which tries to eliminate unfit and unworthy ones. So always remain strong and honest, as this could help to impress the interviewer and capture the designation you desire. To help you out with your interview preparation, here are some of the best answers to some of the toughest interview questions you're likely to face. So take time and practice your answers and tailor your experiences to the information seeking interviewers.

Every time when you go to an interview, always plan your answers to potentially challenging interview questions. List out, what are the toughest situations or issues that might arise in your job. Figure out how you would handle them ? how you would manage with minimal resources, and be prepared to explain your solutions to the interviewer. Interviewers could try to determine how you'd respond in such tough situations at work, such as coping with a problem co-worker or managing a client crisis.

Be prepared to answer the most predictable questions like that might make your think the interviewer is trying to trap you up. One of the most common questions in this category is the dreaded ‘What is your greatest weakness?’  ‘Tell me about the worst boss you ever had’ ‘Have you ever had to fire someone? Explain why and how you did it, "What was your greatest failure?" In such cases, the interviewer isn't trying to make you feel uncomfortable or angry. But he is trying his best to test your maturity and skill and to find out whether you've grown in your career. Never play dumb or pretend that you've never made a single error at the work, but reply with a minor issue that you have successfully handled.

Always think twice before you speak when answering questions related about your former boss. Be polite, even if you hated the guy or former co-workers were idiots. Find the positive things in your former job, and highlight them during the interview. Don’t indulge in the habit of bad-mouth a former boss or co-workers. The interviewer might think this as lack of maturity or your an inability to work well with a team and cast doubts about whether you can be trusted or diplomatic person.

Though occasionally, question penetrating to illegal or unethical types might be asked, you should remain calm and composed. Avoid answers that threat your honest and integrity, but also refrain from telling the interviewer, " I can’t answer that question’, You're not allowed to ask me that" or "I don't have to answer that." Instead say "Nothing in my personal life will prevent me from effectively doing the work in my professional life."

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