How to impress by overcoming difficult interview questions

Today we are providing an overview of some of the most popular interview questions designed to catch you out and help you realise what businesses are really asking you for. We have also explained ways to think about the sort of questions you have been asked, learning tactics to solve them.

Weird and unexpected questions.

Employers will sometimes ask weird and unexpected questions such as "If you were a biscuit, what type of biscuit would you be?" they're not asking for your favourite biscuit, but rather are looking to see how quickly you can think whilst supporting your answers with logic or an explanation.

Tell me about a time you faced difficulty in your previous role.

You will often get asked about a time you found yourself in an uncomfortable situation. The employer is not looking for the story but what you have learnt from overcoming the difficulty.

You should provide a summary of the situation you were in, what you planned to do to solve it to resolve the problem, and as a result how it was fixed.

What’s your biggest weakness?

If they ask you what your weaknesses are, they aren't asking for a list, you're being assessed on your self-awareness and how you're working towards continuous personal development.

It is often recommended to highlight a weakness that can be tied in closely to a strength, which with training and development will become an additional asset to your set of strengths. It is often claimed that your greatest weakness will be your biggest strength.

Here's how to handle the question:

Weakness: Explain your weakness.

Action: What you did about it.

Result: How you've improved and overcome the problem.

Why are you looking to leave your current role?

Employers ask this question to gauge if you're a good fit for the role you're interviewing for. You should answer this question honestly to avoid the same mistakes happening in your new role, but don't use this as an opportunity to criticise your previous employer/colleagues /environment because this won't make you look good.

"I'm looking to expand my role and face some new challenges. I felt like my last role was limited without much room for career growth."

Why do you want to work for X company?

This question is to make sure you've researched the company you're applying for and that you align with their company culture. Explain why you're interested in their company and what you'd like to bring to the role.

Remember to always take your time to come up with an answer rather than trying to respond as quickly as you can, you can always ask for a moment to consider your choices.

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