Sweaty palms, nervous eyes, careful mind, and increased heartbeat - giving an interview is not a piece of cake. Actually, interviews are fun for only those who take them and sometimes, even that is not an easy task. No preparations are enough and even a very confident person’s self-reliance shakes a little bit, before he/she goes through an interview. How much you have prepared and how good you were at your earlier job, it is not necessary that your interview will go well. Many interviewers tend to ask some glitch questions, which seem very easy on front, but actually act as the deciding factor for your selection. No matter how much you prepare for your subject, if you are not ready for these common questions, you won’t be able to crack the interview. So, if you are preparing for an interview, you need to prepare for the glitch questions too, which makes many people nervous and put them into speechless mode. Prepare for these questions and make your interview from a harrowing to a heartening experience. Read on to explore tips on how to handle tricky interview questions.
Handling Difficult Interview Questions
- The motive of most of the interview questions is to bring out the way a candidate would react. So, be poised and remain calm. Your purpose should be to give the answers in such a way that your answer sounds natural and truthful.
- If asked about the previous workplace where you worked, never badmouth your employer. Tell your interviewer that you have learnt much from your previous employer. Be confident and show the belief that the bigger work is ahead of you.
- Be positive. Your interviewer may even want to see the bitchy part of you and would provoke you for that. Never, in any case, bad-mouth your old-organization, colleagues, or ex-boss.
- It is not ethical to lie in your interview. However, it is also not good to advertize that you were fired. If asked, you may say that there were conflicts of ideas and beliefs and you opted out of it, because of that.
- An interviewer may give you leniency to lie back and be comfortable, but it may be just to judge your professionalism. So be aware and alert at all the times during your interview and never show any overpowering emotion.
- Prepare for questions like, “tell me something about yourself” or “why should I hire you”. These are very general questions and you may find yourself facing them on more than one occasion. Prepare for these questions. For that, you can write down all the points and then go through them before your interview.
- You should be brief, but still be able to explain how you will integrate yourself in the company. You should be aware of the qualities, which the position requires, and then you should be able to put across your strengths, which include these qualities.
- Sometimes, the interviewer may leave the conversation halfway and may not say anything. It may be a tactic to see how comfortable you are in silence. Don’t get fidgety and uncomfortable. Smile and if the silence persists for long, ask your interviewer whether he would like to ask you more questions.
- If your interviewer asks you whether you would like to know about their organization, keep a question ready. It can be anything from whether you will get creative liberty or about the company structure.
- Let the interview be an interaction, not an interview. Ask questions and make suggestions, if asked.
- Sometimes, you may be asked why you think you are the best candidate for the position. Be ready to sell your skills and abilities. However refrain from using sentences like “I am the most hardworking” or “I know the stuff most”.
- When asked about your hobbies, make sure that they match the skills, which may be useful for the position. Say, if your position requires good patience, then gardening hobby would be a good option for you. However you should really be interested in the hobby that you choose to put across.