HR News, Interviewing Tips

With 2014 coming to close, many employers will be posting available positions in their organizations. Are you an excellent candidate but have a hard time answering tough interview questions?

We have created our top five toughest interview questions with advice on how to answer them to help you find yourdream job in 2015.

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

This question helps the interviewer evaluate how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. It gauges several things, including the impression you'd make when interacting with people on the job, how articulate and confident you are, and the trajectory of your career.

In your answer simply focus on what applies to the job descriptionand highlight your most important accomplishments. Start with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. Then have a story ready that illustrates your best professional qualities, and how those qualities have helped you in achieving your goals.

2. How did you handle a situation where you had a disagreement with your colleague?

Responding that you haven't encountered this situationcan send out a signal that you aren't seasoned enough or haven't been in situations that require you to develop a tough skin or deal with confrontation. Focus on a time when you have had a differing opinion with a superiorand explain how you presented your reasons and openly listened to other opinions as well.

3. Describe a situation where you were part of a failed project.

Own up to your mistakes– the employer is not looking for perfection. Answering this question sheds light on your level of responsibility, your decision-making process, and your ability to recover from a mistake.

Illustrate what you learned from the experience and that you can take responsibility for your mistakes– show that you’d like to think that you have learned something valuable from every mistake you have made. And above all, have a brief story ready with a specific illustration. Conclude your story on a positive notewith a concrete statement about what you learned and how it benefited the company.

4. What do you do in your free time?

Especially for senior positions, it's important for hiring managers to know about the candidate’s qualities that will impact his or her leadership style.Are youwell-adjusted and happy, or are you a company zealot? Discuss hobbies or pursuits that interest youbut avoid dwelling on any political or religious activities.

5. Why did you leave your last position?

Be honest and straightforward, and don't dwell on any conflict that may have occurred. Highlight positive developments that resulted from your departure, whether it was that you accepted a more challenging position or learned an important lesson that helped you to be happier in your next job.

Having an understanding of why an employer asks tough questions can help you stay calm and honest during an interview. When in doubt remember there is no right or wrong answer but the real test is how you handle yourself in various situations.

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