23 August 2016
If you’ve gone on a job interview, you know just how important that part of the hiring process is. You also likely know just how nerve racking it can possibly be. However, the key to easing your nerves and being able to sell yourself as the best candidate in the running is preparing. This is why you want to ensure you can answer any and all types of questions that may arise, particularly a few challenging inquiries that are designed to catch you off guard. The good news is that these questions can ultimately demonstrate how much of an asset you would be to the company you’re applying to. If you’re wondering what tough questions to be on the lookout for, here are four that are likely to come up – and what you should address when answering each: Why should I hire you? Here’s a question that is all but guaranteed to come up in an interview, and it’s important to remember that, for a hiring manager, they’re asking more than why they should hire you. While they do want to know what would make you a unique asset to their company, they also want to see how highly you rate yourself against your competition for the role. What to address: Your self-confidence In the event that this question comes up, you’ll want to be able to maintain the balance between self-confidence and narcissism. With that being said, don’t be so nervous about crossing that line that you don’t go near it altogether! Remember that you are trying to sell yourself and make the case for yourself as the hiring manager’s best option for the role, but you also want to prove that you can be a team player. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This question will also most likely be asked, regardless of where you interview. The hiring manager will ask you this question because they want to see how ambitious you are, and whether or not their company factors into your future plans. That can make this question the most intimidating of the bunch, because it can be what costs you the job if you aren’t careful. But if you play your cards right, this question could be what lands you the job. What to address: Your game plan The answer to this question can demonstrate your level of ambition to a hiring manager, so you definitely want to be prepared with some type of answer. When you respond, make sure you specifically focus on how you plan to help the company in the future instead of giving a broader answer that may make an interviewer question your long-term commitment to the organization. Have you ever been involved in a work place conflict? If so, how was it resolved? It’s never easy to discuss a time where you ran into an unpleasant situation with a coworker, but it’s important to remember that work place conflicts aren’t uncommon. If you’re worried a hiring manager will judge you for it, don’t be. What to address: Your ability to resolve issues Your best bet, should this question come up, is to be as honest about the situation you had as possible. A hiring manager who asks this question is likely asking it because they want to know how you would specifically handle a potential workplace issue that may arise. Being honest about what happened in the workplace and, more importantly, how you handled it will potentially bode better for you once it comes time for a hiring manager to make their decision. What do you do for fun? Since this question doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with your qualifications for the role, it has the potential to throw you off your game. It’s an easy question to overthink, because there’s always the lingering feeling that an interviewer will judge you if your interests seem out of the ordinary. However, that’s rarely what the hiring manager has in mind. Usually? They are genuinely curious to know what your interests outside of work are in order to get a feel for your personality. What to address: Your personality While most of the interview will be spent talking about skills and experiences, it’s critical you convey your personality and personal interests throughout the interview. If this question comes up, don’t overthink it! Just remember that this is a way for a hiring manager to get to know you a little more and maybe even ease some pressure.