Smart Answers to Some Tough Interview Questions – Part 4

All of us have to answer tough questions sooner or later in our lives. It all starts from a high school or college where teachers often ask us different kinds of questions. But that doesn't stop after we graduate - we still have to answer some difficult question this life throws at us. There is another area where we sooner or later face questions the answers to which in one way or another will define where we will be in several years. Every job seeker understands that even though a job interview is a dialogue between an employer and candidate this dialogue is mostly based on the questions posed by hiring authorities. And very often they are tough questions that are meant to check the specific skills and abilities of candidates. At Prime-Resume we just want to help job seekers be prepared to answer some of those interview questions.

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What type of work environment do you prefer? This question you might not hear very often during an interview but it still used by many hiring managers to check whether a candidate is a good match for the company. Some job seekers believe that giving an answer like "The work environment of your company is perfect for me" should work. But such an answer demonstrates the lack of information a candidate has about the company. It is way better to be specific when answering this question. Research the information and find out a company's culture. Then you will be able to give a detailed and specific answer based on the information about the company that you have found. An informed answer will have a much better impression on hiring authorities, thus giving you more chances of getting the job.

How would your manager/co-workers describe you? Most candidates don't see this question coming and as a result, they give a confusing answer. Hiring managers usually ask this question in order to understand your relationships with co-workers and managers. It is more about your personal qualities rather than professional skills. Be honest and don't try to appear better than you really are. Keep in mind that it is not a problem for hiring authorities to contact your former managers or co-workers. We recommend mentioning traits that you have already mentioned during the interview as your strengths.

Do you have any questions? Of course, you do! You should have questions even if you think you don't. The fact that you don't have any means you are not really interested in the job. It is obvious that a company's website can't provide all of the answers - it usually addresses some of the most common questions. Try to approach this formal question as an opportunity to find out more about the job and company. Imagine you have a unique chance to find out something that you couldn't have discovered from other people. For example, you can ask an interviewer what is his/her favorite thing about working in the company. Or you could ask about the company's short term plans. Answers to these questions will help you understand whether the job is a good move for you.

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