Interview Prep: 10 Tough Questions

If you are actively searching for new career opportunities, know that a callback or impromptu telephone screening can happen at any time. Face-to-face interviews can be scheduled with only a day’s notice —and as the interviewee, you are expected to be available and fully prepared.

An alarming reality for some. But, for those who are serious about entering the workplace for the first time, re-entering the workplace after an extended leave or are transitioning into a new field, the quick turnaround is greatly appreciated.

Be prepared for the call. Start by refining your elevator pitch. Then, challenge yourself to answer the ten real interview questions listed below. Brainstorm/journal your responses and continue to workshop them until you feel confident enough to repeat them in the interview.

Remember, responses should be accurate and fully answer the questions. Also, corresponding examples and anecdotes should be brief and remain on topic. The more times you practice this, the better your responses are going to be.

If you find yourself stuck on a question, turn attention to your career and academic experiences. Think about your #ThereToHere story and reputable organizations that you are/were a part of.

10 Loaded Interview Questions:

  1. Why should we hire you? 
  2. Describe a situation when you worked with a person whose personal beliefs were the opposite of yours. How did you deal with it?
  3. Describe a time when you had to adapt to work effectively with people who were different or had unique needs?
  4. Tell me about a project or task you completed that you were the proudest of.
  5. What was your greatest achievement of the past two years?
  6.  Tell me about a time you had to comply with a policy or procedure that you did not agree with?
  7. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
  8. What impressed you most about this company?
  9. Is this a role that you can see yourself in?
  10. Why this company?

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