Are you a resource having great technical knowledge related to your field but still not able to go through the interviews? Well there is this non-technical stuff you need to learn before appearing for your next job interview. It is quite possible that the interviewer is asking you a bunch of tricky interview questions which you are not getting right. I am going to list down 10 job interview questions along-with the DO’s and DONT’s to answer these questions.
10 Tricky Interview Questions with Answers
Before you read further, I want you to understand is that technical knowledge does not solely guarantee you a job. Though you might have heard these questions earlier in your career, the important thing here is to learn to answer these questions wisely as these questions are still being asked in 2016 by recruiters around the globe.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Tell me about yourself
99.99% of recruiters will ask you this question which makes it a most common interview question. What is something special in you that every wants to know about you? If you are thinking that they want to know about your family, your property or your belongings, you are totally mistaken. The interviewer doesn’t want to listen to your lifetime story. Instead, he is looking for a brief answer stating your skills. Here is how you should answer this question:
- Keep your answer clear and concise.
- Tell them about your education and qualifications in no more than 2-3 sentences.
- The most important thing here is prove why you are the best candidate for this position.
- Do little research on the company and their projects. Try to find out what strengths is this company looking for.
- Try to convey in your answer that you possess those strengths and give examples, where required.
2. Why are you interested in working with us?
“Because I need money”. If you think this is a cute answer, yes it is but this answer is not going to land you a job. Everyone needs money but this is not the right way to answer. You are not supposed to tell them that you are here for a monthly paycheck so you can pay your bills. Be professional and work-oriented. Include the following in your answer to impress the interviewer:
- Do some research on the company. You need to tell them how you plan to polish your skills while working with them.
- Briefly explain how your expertise and skills can add value to their business.
- Tell you want to be a part of an experienced team and learn from the team-mates.
3. Why should we hire you?
“Because I am the most-talented guy you will ever come across” or “I think I deserve to get this job”. Sorry, but you don’t deserve it. This is an incredibly common interview question almost every interviewer asks. You need to be specific in your answer to this question. Follow these tips to answer this question better:
- Tell the interviewer how your skills will add value to the company’s processes.
- Present a solution to the problems company is facing. You need to be the one who solves their problems, rather one who brags his skills.
- You may quote an example from your past experience stating your qualities that contributed towards solution of a serious problem.
4. Why did you leave your previous job?
Don’t take it just another interview question. It is neither tricky, nor a funny interview question. The employer wants to know reasons that can make you quit a job. Hiring is a time-critical process and employers don’t like spending lots of time and resources for recruiting for same positions again and again. Therefore, they make sure that the person they bring forward is competent as well as a long-term asset for their organization.
Don’t bash your previous employer or any of the team members. No matter whatever was the reason to leave your previous job, you need to answer this question wisely, and honestly on the same time. Just a simple answer like this would suffice:
“I am looking for better opportunities in order to enhance my skill set. I strongly believe that this position will help me explore new learning curves in the field of my interest.”
If you were fired by previous employer, be open and have the courage to tell the truth.
5. What is your greatest strength?
This is another important job interview question among most common tricky interview questions. Don’t make huge claims which you can’t prove later. This is a straight forward question which requires a brief answer. This is your chance to convince the interviewer that you are the best fit for this position. Mention your most impressive success story from the past which adds value to the answer of your question. You may include the following to provide best answer for this question.
- Mention your strengths that are important for the position you have applied for.
- Avoid mentioning a strength that is not related to this job.
- You can state how you use these strengths in the past and solved some big problems.
Again, you need to do some research about the company and strengths this position requires in order to provide a better answer.
6. What is your greatest weakness?
Most of the experts will tell you present your greatest strength as a weakness. e.g. “I work very hard and sometimes I don’t even take care of my health and work late night”. NO, this is not the right way to answer it. Pick a weakness that doesn’t matter a lot to the position you have applied for. For example, if you have applied for a position for programmer, you might say that you are not very good at writing or planning things. Saying this, you can also tell them how you are already working to overcome this weakness.
7. What do you know about our company?
Again, do a thorough research about the company you are applying for. It doesn’t mean that you need to memorize the date company was founded or the story of the founders but you must at-least know the following about the company before appearing for a job interview:
- Vision and Mission
- Portfolio of the company
- Clients and the nature of projects
- Products, if any.
8. Why have you been unemployed for a very long time?
This is a tricky question and does not have any definite answer. The interviewer wants to know why have you been out of the market for so long. It is your chance to convince them that you learned some valuable skill while you were unemployed. A good answer could be:
“I got enrolled in some advanced courses which helped me learn new skills and kept me engaged and productive.”
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Some people would answer this question in a funny way and think they would get a green signal right away. e.g. “I see myself sitting on your seat in 5 years.” Some would say “I want to be CEO of the company”. If you are one of them, stop doing it right now. They are not interviewing you for position of a CEO.
Be specific in your answer. All you need to do is to demonstrate your commitment to the position you have applied for. By asking this question, the interviewer wants to know your level of commitment for this position. So convey the same in your answer. Tell the interviewer that you want to be a long-term asset for their organization.
10. Do you have any questions?
70% of people would answer this “No” and having said this, they are missing on an important opportunity. An opportunity that lets you demonstrate your interest for the company and position you have applied for.
Don’t ask them about the perks and benefits, work hours, vacations, etc. It is too early to ask questions like this. You can always ask these questions after you have received an offer letter.
Before you appear for the interview, prepare a list of questions based on company research. You don’t need to ask all of those questions. But you must prepare at least 3 or 4 questions and ask one of them depending on the scenario. Here are some of questions you may ask:
- “Can you tell me your expectations from the person you select for this position?”
- “If I am hired for this position, will I be provided any prior training before I start work?”
- It is also wise to ask questions about the products of projects of the company. This will tell interviewer how interested you are in this position and that you have done some homework before appearing for job interview.
- It is also fine to ask about next steps in the hiring process, if you can’t ask any of the questions above.
This is all to the tricky interview questions you may encounter during job interview. The bottom line is that tailor all your answers to the needs of the employer and focus on how you will be a valuable asset for the organization. Don’t make them sense that you are just one other greedy human being looking for a monthly paycheck to pay his bills.
What are some other tricky interview questions you have been asked recently? Do share with us in the comments section below.
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