I am going to tell you the hardest interview questions and how to answer them. This will help you maintain control in an interview setting and ultimately get you more job offers. Who wouldn't want that?
So you used our resume template (which you can find on our Teachable), attended our resume workshop, and have made it past the initial screening to earn yourself an interview. Congratulations! Even though most people don't feel accomplished by getting to this stage, you just beat out at least 60% of the competition. Remember that! Now you are being called in for an interview, you must be prepared to handle questions about the company as well as those tricky interview questions that are designed to trip you up. So here are the 3 hardest interview questions and how to answer them courtesy of career expert Gabriel Moncayo.
Hardest Interview Questions and How To Answer Them
Question 1: You don't have enough/the right experience for this job. Why should we hire you?
Thought: This is a test. If you truly believe you are qualified for the job you will fight back. If you don't believe you are good enough for the job you will agree. Either way, it is one of the best ways to get inside the interviewee's head.
Response: "Thanks for sharing that. I know it can be hard to share feedback in an interview process and based on the fact you are willing to be so forth coming it tell me a lot about your leadership style and overall company culture. I want to make sure I understand exactly what you are saying...can you tell me what you mean exactly by ________?"
Recruiter: "Yes, we are looking for someone that has experience with 1 and 2 and can do X, Y, and Z."
Your response: "Got it, so you are saying if someone could do X, Y and Z they would be qualified to do this job?"
You: "Got it, well I must have not done a good job explaining my experience. Explain a story showing with timelines and outcomes how you previously did 1 and 2. Then ask "If I were able to something similar for COMPANY NAME, would you consider that a win?"
You: "So it does sound like I have the experience required to be successful here. I also know you must have hired plenty of people with experience you've had to let go - so experience cannot be the only thing that helps predict success. Your top performers - how would you characterize them?
From here you can sell back to those points again and have now successfully regained control of the interview.
Question 2: We are interviewing a lot of qualified candidates - what makes you the best?
Thought: TRAP QUESTION
Response: "Just curious, how would you define the best candidate for the position?"
Recruiter: "We think the best candidate has X,Y,Z."
You: "I am the best fit for the position because you are looking for someone that has X, Y, Z. That is not only what I'm good at, but also what I love to do. I constantly think about ways to improve in those areas. Do you believe if you hired me I would be a top performer on your team/someone you could count on?"
Question 3: What is this gap on your resume?
Do not avoid this question or be vague. Be specific, be vulnerable, and finish on a close.
Response: "I took 3 years off to raise my children. My wife made a lot of money doing X and it afforded me to raise my children as a full-time stay at home Dad. It was the most rewarding experience of my life. Now that they are old and we are saving for college tuition it is time for me to rejoin the workforce. Building apps is my passion, not to mention last time I did, I helped COMPANY achieve X. Does that help you better understand my background?"
Humans understand other humans go through lots of changes in life. They just don't want to be bullshitted. They want to see how good you are at delivering bad news.
Knowing the hardest interview questions and how to answer them will automatically give you a leg up on the competition. Many interview questions are used to trip you up. Which isn't ideal. But remember to stay in control. Don't freak out. With plenty of practice ahead of time, you will be aware of the hardest interview questions and how to answer them.
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