Tips From A Professional Recruiter: 5 Difficult Interview Questions & How To Answer Correctly

Job hunting can be a tough thing to experience. Though there is a significant rise in the number of people who prefer to start their own enterprises and become entrepreneurs, a lot more people still have to be employed to work in these enterprises and already existing institutions. Having some foreknowledge of what to expect on the hunt for a job can greatly improve your chances of landing the job of your dreams. In a video on her channel, professional recruiter Selina Buabeng shares 5 difficult questions to be asked in interviews and the best ways to answer them. You do not need to memorise them, you just need to know what the role you’re applying for is about to avoid fumbling.

Question 1: Why do you want to leave your current job/ Why did you leave your previous job?

To answer this question, focus on positive things and the future. Do not give lengthy responses that may be misconstrued. Keep your answer positive, even if you left your job under challenging circumstances. Now isn’t the best time to share your grievances or give an answer that could be interpreted as too much information with the interviewer. When you are asked this question, the interviewer simply wants to know why you want to work for the company.

Question 2: Tell me about a time you disagreed with your boss/ a decision made.

This question allows employers to access your past experiences. In answering this, note that disagreements are fine; how you disagree is what matters, show that you were professional and you raised your concerns in a productive way. The interviewer is looking for few things in your answer; emotional maturity, loyalty and responsibility. If you have an example that proves you can effect change, great!

Question 3: Why do you want this job?

This is your opportunity to show the interviewer you know about the job and the company and also to share your short and long term goals. For example, you can say “ I am interested in the job because i see the opportunity to learn and grow and i believe my strengths and skills are in line with the job expectations.”

Question 4: How do you think people will describe you?

The aim of this question is to get a general sense of your personality and gauge self awareness. You can say for example, “I think people would describe me as an organised, firm and thoughtful person who works well under pressure. If I say I will do something, I do it and they can count on what i say and how hard i work.”

Question 5: What is the toughest decision you made in the last 6 months?

When asked this question, it is to assess your reasoning, ability to take calculated risks , problem solving skills and judgement. A good answer proves you can make a difficult analytical and reasoning based decision, your toughest decisions should be work related and not problems or crises you have faced recently.

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