How To Tackle 5 of the Toughest Interview Questions

Tough Interview Question #4 – Tell Me About a Time When You Had a Conflict with a Colleague or Supervisor

This is very much similar to the 3 one.  Employers are trying find out how you act in the face of divergence.  Honestly, no work environment is 100% clash free.  There are distinct personality kinds and communication styles at play, and sometimes things can get, well…tense.

While answering this question, take utmost care not to blame, bash or complain.  You certainly don’t want to throw a colleague or boss under the train, or else the interviewer may think you’ll gradually do the same with them.  In thinking through the situation, ask yourself — was it conceivably a misconception?  Or possibly a difference in opinion or work style?  Make certain to have some of the blame for the conflict.  Employers know there are two sides to every coin!

Tough Interview Question #5 – We Have Several Qualified Candidates for This Position.  Why Should We Hire You?

Here the interviewer is seeking for a sales pitch.  They’re essentially asking you to make their job easier by having you influence them you’re the perfect choice.  And, absolutely, you have no idea what other candidates bring to the desk.  So you can only show what you bring.

This is where twos aspect come together to play-your understanding of the position and the department’s biggest pain points.  They want a problem solver who will embark upon their most urgent problems as effectively and proficiently as possible.  So avoid speaking in fuzzy overviews or only concentrate on how “fervent” you are about the industry.  Rather, deliver solid illustrations of how you were prosperous in solving similar problems in the past.

The best way to deal with this slayer one is using the PAR model – Problem, Action, Result.  Demonstrate a concrete problem similar to what they’re going through.  Then, march them through the specific actions you took to solve that problem.  Finally, show them the result with respect to metrics, if at all possible.  Probably you might boost sales by 20% or reduced superfluous processes by 35%.