According to recent research at the University of Makebelieve, 150% of all job interviews have at least one difficult question. That’s a pretty significant number, and one that might even be true if it weren’t impossible.
Because hard interview questions are so common, the best way to handle them is to prepare for them by reading about some of the most difficult interview questions and finding answers that will impress the employer. Answers should incorporate the following:
- Every answer should be positive and professional.
- Every answer should be based on truth.
- Every answer should be given with a smile.
- Every answer should demonstrate knowledge in the material or company.
Of course this is all easier said than done, so here are some quick examples of how to incorporate the above hard interview question tips:
Question: Tell Me About Yourself
“After completing my degree at the UCLA, I embarked on a career in online marketing, with a particular focus on Web 2.0 social media marketing. I started at a small startup company that manufactured a salt designed to enhance the flavor of bacon, and immediately started a viral marketing campaign to help the company appeal to college aged students and young parents. After I left the company, I moved to San Francisco where I spent a short time as a marketing contractor until I found your position on Craigslist and decided it would be a great opportunity.”
Every aspect of this answer is professional, displays your positive qualities, and is based on truth. This is one of the best ways to answer this type of difficult question.
Question: Have You Ever Had a Disagreement With a Supervisor?
“On a personal level, my supervisor and I got along swimmingly. I can recall one occasion where my supervisor and I disagreed about the correct software program to use for a project we were looking to manage. To solve the problem, my supervisor and I both prepared points and counterpoints and brought them to a meeting for discussion. We ended up using her program, because it worked well with an operating system upgrade that the company was planning site wide.”
Once again, everything is positive, the disagreement is professional and interesting, and you prove yourself to be a great, reliable employee. You also offer up how you solved the disagreement so that the interviewer focuses on the solution, and not the problem.
This is the method you should use to answer all difficult job interview questions. Focus on real life experiences that speak highly to your character, and give an answer that is positive and upbeat, without complaining while focusing on your positive points.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Keep your answers professional and positive.
- Try to relate interesting work experiences.