Everyone knows about the common and much feared interview question that probes you for your greatest weakness, but what are some other questions that you might have to answer that can also make you sweat?
Questions that investigate secrets or seek out negative reactions are definitely sneaky, but not unheard of. Hiring managers and interviewers aren’t above utilizing fear and inducing stress as a common tactic during the job search to see how well you perform under pressure.
If you want to come off as a rockstar in your interview, then preparation is the name of the game. Beyond that first basic question on your weaknesses, prepare some answers for these tough interview questions and don’t let anything come at you out of left field.
Tell Me Something Few People Know About You
This one is supposed to intimidate you, but don’t let it! Here’s why preparation is awesome (and so are you for doing it): You can have something picked out that is not some deep, dark, secret that is likely to get you disqualified for new grad jobs. Instead, focus on some unusual talent, a special skill, or even how you differ in ways of thinking that might impact your work positively. Avoid the urge to spill your guts on something that might make the rest of the interview very, very awkward. Because that’s just not cool– and whomever’s interviewing you will probably think so too.
What Did You Like Least About Your Most Recent Position/Job?
This is a trick question because if you mention something in your previous job that you might repeat in your new job, the interviewer will wonder if you will be a bad fit or if you’ll just make the same mistakes again. So, instead focus on some tasks outside your potential area of responsibilities for the new position and be brief about what you disliked about it. If you did perform well, despite this conflict, say so. If not, say it was a learning experience and explain in detail to the employer what you learned from this experience.
Tell Me a Story About a Time You Failed and How You Overcame It
I’m going to have to be honest with you here, bud. The employer is not interested in whom you blame for your failures, only how you experienced the event or situation and what it taught you. Remember to stay positive and show how the failure led to a success later, either by learning how to overcome the situation or by sidestepping it in the future all together.
Hopefully these three tricky questions will help you kick some butt in your next interview. Remember, preparation is really the bottom line for going above and beyond.