How To Answer Tough But Usual Interview Questions



Now is the big day! You’re in for the final interview for your dream job! It’s time for you to let your potential employer know why you are the perfect fit for the position! But are you ready to face some tough, but usual interview questions that are about to be asked? Sometimes, interviewers are not interested on what your answers are, but rather on how you answer them. Here are some interview questions you need to expect during an interview.


What are Your Weaknesses?


As you’re trying to create a good impression to the interviewer with your strengths, they also want to recognize what areas you still need to improve on. Here are some pointers on how to talk about your weaker areas while still sounding competent.


  1. Stay average. Think of an area in which most employees are weak as well. Do not specify anything so major that it would make you lose your chances of getting a job offer. Choose a defect that’s considerable and not that big deal.


  1. State what it taught you.

     For example, perhaps you once made a typo error on a poster for an ad campaign and now you became more careful and keen-to-details advertising agent.


  1. You know your liability. Let your employer know that you take full responsibility for your actions. You know how to handle and resolve issues as fast as possible.


  1. Talk about a flaw that affects only a small area of your work responsibility. For example, you’re a sous chef who only struggle with speaking in public. That is better than a chef who struggles with cutting meat.


What are your greatest achievements?


Elaborating your strengths in an interview can be crucial because you want to be unique and exceptional without sounding overconfident.


  1. You are an asset to the company. It is important that you make a lot of sense and you’re someone the company is looking for. For example, your potential employer is in search for someone who can help lessen the company’s travel cost, you can illustrate the approach on how you were able to reduce the expenses at the previous company you had worked for.


  1. Tell exceptional stories.

    Give fine points that show how you manage a particular project from your last job.


  1. Tell why you are one of a kind. Impress your interviewer by offering your unique points. It’s best if you possess distinctive qualities that separates you from other candidates. Maybe you can speak other languages or hold many professional certifications.


What is your expected salary?


Talking about your preferred salary is a delicate matter. You have to be careful because the issue is about your future earnings. You may blow the chances of getting the job offer before you had the opportunity to sell your value.


  1. Don’t sound too demanding. Negotiate with your future employer but make sure you don’t sound too tough. Make your requirements negotiable. Take consideration of what your potential employer can offer. Salary should not be the biggest factor why you’re applying for the job. There are still other points that really matter.


  1. Do not say exact figures. It’s important that you speak in ranges. You may ask the employer the salary range you can expect in a polite way. Do some research before any interview on industry salary ranges for the position you are applying for along with the compensation package and career advancement opportunities before speaking about your expected salary.


Do you have any questions from your side for me?


Finally, you have managed to answer all the interview questions correctly and made your interviewer satisfied with a smile on his face. But wait, the interview is not over yet! What would you do if your potential employer invites you to  to ask questions from your side to him? Don’t just say “no” to escape the situation. Here’s what you need to do:


  1. Say again your strong points. Make your question reflect your strengths. For example, you may ask about how the company conducts their ad campaign. You can suggest some techniques and talk about previous experiences on how you perform social media strategies.


  1. Be polite. Be courteous when you ask questions. Be sensitive enough when you tackle subjects that are important but could be controversial to talk about. Your interviewer may want to avoid certain sensitive issues.


  1. Know what is in store for you. You may want to know about the organizational culture, training opportunities and the company’s plans for every employee’s career growth.



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