I like a conversation that is as provocative as anyone else, but when you try to put your best ahead in a job interview, you're probably holding your breath waiting for the worst of what you have. In the spirit of preparing for the interview, we have gathered some of the most difficult interview questions.
If you are interviewing, get ready for these interviews or the like. If you hire us, we will not blame you if you have done some of them in your own list.
1. What do people assume is wrong?
This is what one of our colleagues in the team describes as an "interstitial question", and similar questions arise, such as:
- Tell me about a mistake in the judgment issued last year. What was its effect?
- When are you most satisfied in your life?
The objective of these questions is to test how well you perceive yourself, but also how open you are to discussing flaws and mistakes. You should be able to share some honest experiences but you also have to focus on turning those negative experiences into positive experiences. For example, this error in judgment must have made you in the end a better factor in some way. (I mean, is not it?)
2. What tasks do you like to do?
Like other introspection questions, there is one main distinction here: this is to tell the interviewer more about your work style. Are you more than an independent agent? Admire the collective projects? But also, are you aware of how you work better? Because they end up wanting to hire someone who knows how to ask what they need to perform.
Start by focusing on a weakness you've identified in yourself, such as "I've never been more comfortable in front of crowds, so I've always been afraid to talk to the public or view big meetings." Then, explain how you have improved those weak points. "I hated talking to the public a lot, so I decided to sign up for Toastmasters … I realized that getting better was essential in my career …" and ending up with something like "although it is still something I do not quite enjoy, Roles that require it. "
This shows that you are ready and open to doing things you do not want to do – because to be realistic, there is no fun job all the time.
3. What are you currently reading?
When I sat down to write this article, three in five people asked them that they had already asked this question. I also have. It is clear that it is common to hiring managers, although it appears outside the left field.
Feel free to include some details about the current novel or notes you have on your desk – this is a great way to show some personality, which increases your reach – but we recommend linking it again. For your career. List some blogs you regularly visit that relate to your industry. Talk about a recent article you're reading about a topic that fits well with your professional interests. This shows you that you are reading well and that you are also enthusiastic about the work you want to do / want to do.
4. If we gave you a marketing budget of $ 1 million, where would you spend it and how would you measure the return on investment?
These are the things our founder (and former Hulu employee) point to as "case study questions." It's about getting details and testing your knowledge of the company you're applying to – which you should have looked for before the interview.
- What problems should the team take into account when assessing the value of XYZ's current product line?
- If you have been hired, what do you want to change in your company / department?
It is about showing a clear knowledge of the company's goals and interests, as well as a clever critical eye. Get as much detail as possible as you speak, and do not be afraid to ask questions from the interviewer for clarification. Think: I've seen on your site that you're expanding e-learning as well as live events. Is this something you plan on in the next few months? [Answer] … In this case, I would say I want to put a large part of the marketing budget into it because … "It does not hurt either to mention teamwork and consulting to accomplish the job.
Every speaker likes to hear you say, "But before committing to any of this, I want to talk to stakeholders and get to know their goals a bit better."
5. What is the gap in your resume?
Maybe you were fired or kicked out, maybe you took some time to raise a child, or maybe took some time to travel. If a broadcaster notices a missing time period, you'll probably be asked to do so.
Especially if you are dismissed, it is necessary to keep your response brief and focus on how you control the situation and why you are ready to return to work. One good way to rotate this is to focus on the things you learned during the unemployment period. "This was a great experience for me in a way I did not expect, because I started implementing independent marketing projects, and I quickly realized I was fascinated by social media growth strategies, and I was not able to focus on my previous job," he said.
6. What do you most like about your current job?
You probably know now that you do not have to hit your company or your current boss. What happens when you ask such a question? This is a good time to join the classic approach "This is not me" and focus on why it is not suited to you. Tell them about some of your most powerful skills or projects you love so much that you have not been able to work enough. Tell them that you are looking for a job that allows you to use these skills more often. Whatever your answer is "dishonest", it should be what your new job will do – but it must also be something that needs help (do not make it entirely yours).
7. How does the ideal day look for you?
This is difficult because often, there are accurate business expectations that companies do not talk about. People may not eat lunches or stay late a few nights a month to finish large projects. This is where you can get things on hair. (Do you say, "I love working for flexible hours and maintaining a good balance between work and life on weekends" if you're not sure that the job, in fact, flexible?)
Look for inspiration in post posting! Check out everything they wrote there before entering the interview. Look at their jobs page on the website as well. These places should give you a good idea of the company's culture. Opportunities are part of what you've applied because something about culture has called you up, so talk about it. And it does not hurt to say something like, "I know we love the balance between work and life and in the ideal universe, we'll all go home at the same time every day and do not check emails until we get in. But I also know there will be times when this Simply not reality. "We are all in this together.
8. Why should we hire you?
The area of danger between the self-assured and beloved, which basically amounts to "what makes you so distinctive?" And "Why do I need you?"
Answer this question through a problem-solving lens. Through your research and even the current interview, you must have a good understanding of what the company is experiencing. Your answer should focus on your unique qualification level to help you deal with these problems directly.
9. What is your desired salary?
Are you open to additional benefits / equity options in exchange for a lower salary? (Often dedicated to startup, especially when interviewing someone other than startup).
You must have a ready-to-go group. Do this a long time before you enter the interview using the various salary tools, including The Salary Project ™. You should also have an explanation of why you have earned the desired salary with clear evidence of why you paid this amount.
A copy of this article originally appeared in Career Contessa and was adapted with permission.