Getting a call back for a job interview can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Regardless of how much you prepare for your interview, there’ll always be a few questions that are tricky to answer. Here are 5 of these questions and how you can answer them.
Tell us about yourself?
When you’re asked this question, focus on things like your qualifications, experience (in line with the job at hand), skills and your involvement outside the work environment like volunteer work, for example.
How do you cope under pressure?
Here you need to indicate your ability to focus and meet deadlines. Also, state that you know that some days can be hectic in organisations in terms of meeting your deliverables so you tend to focus on the job at hand. Don’t forget to mention that if you can't do everything on that day, you prioritise your work and start with the important tasks first.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question can be tricky if you didn’t prepare for it. Focus on your career goals and be realistic. Some interviewers ask this question to know if you’ve set realistic goals and to confirm that the position you’re being interviewed for is aligned to those goals.
Why should we hire you?
This question gives you a chance to impress the interviewer. Keep in mind that the interviewer wants to know about the skills you’re going to contribute to the team. Be specific when summarising your work experience and achievements.
How do you deal with conflict in the workplace?
This question is all about your problem-solving ability. When you’re answering it, let the interviewer know that if the conflict involves your colleagues, you’ll start by speaking to them individually to try to establish what the problem is, then give them an opportunity to come up with a solution before presenting your solution.
If you're involved in the conflict, mention that you’d give yourself and the other person time to cool off first, before acting on anything. Then you’d approach your colleague and try to understand what went wrong so you can both reach a solution.
Although it’s normal to feel nervous during an interview, being prepared will definitely boost your confidence. Did we miss any tricky interview questions? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!