Tough interview questions & how to answer them


Ok, so you’ve made it to interview day. You have prepared for all potential questions, you’re feeling confident, and then the interviewer hits you with a tough question you were not prepared for. That’s where this article will help you. Here is a list of 3 tough interview questions and how to answer them.

Why do interviewers ask difficult questions in an interview?

There are many different reasons an interviewer may ask a tough question

  • To learn more about you
  • to see how you react under pressure
  • To understand how strong your communication skills are

Here is a list of 3 tough interview questions you may be asked and how to answer them

What is this gap in your Resume?

Ok, so you’ve got a gap in your resume and the interviewer naturally wants to know why. Keep yourself calm and ready to answer this question. You can read our blog on getting back to work after an absence for help with this.
Whatever the reason may be, make sure you answer honestly and clearly and then follow up with how you learned valuable skills during your break and how you can apply them to the work, eg, if you took a break to raise children you learned critical thinking skills, time management and have developed working as and with a team skills.
Place the focus on how you took control of the situation and why you’re ready to get back to work.

During my break on my resume I took time out to raise my children, during this time I was a full time negator, teacher and project manager. I learned valuable skills in time management and team working during this time which I know I can bring to this job

What do you dislike about your current job?

This question can be hard because you may be interviewing for a similar role or a role in a similar industry. This is the interviewers way of getting to know more about you and your likes and dislikes.
This is not an invitation to bash your current employer. It’s more of an opportunity to show the areas in which you want to improve yourself and use your skillset.
You could reply with an answer that shows how your current job doesn’t suit you as you are not using all of your skills. Then lead into what your skills are and how they can be a valuable asset to the company.

My current job has changed in recent years, I now find that as I have grown and learned new skills, these skills are not needed in my current work. I would love the opportunity to grow and use my new set of skills with a new company and new team.”

What motivates you?

You can have many different things that motivate you. Being asked this mid interview may leave you stumped and trying to think quickly on the spot. Remember you are trying to give the interviewer reason to hire you. Try and think of an answer that relates directly to the job.
They are trying to find what drives you and if that fits in with their company culture.

Use the job description as a sort of “cheat sheet” in here you will find the answers too most questions. If this job mentions collaborations you can answer this question by stating how working as part of a team is what inspires and motivates you

” I am a real people person, I enjoy working as part of a team. And when working as part of a team this motivates me and inspires me to do better and be better. I love when ideas are flowing between people and we are all striving for the success of the campaign”

So now you should feel ready and prepared to answer any of these 3 tough interview questions. Remember, it is important to always prepare for an interview so you never feel stuck. If you are interested in a job with us visit our contact us page.


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