Five Tough Job Interview Questions

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-29-2013

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"What Are You Most Proud of in Your Career?"  Wrong answer: Vague responses that essentially say "I'm awesome!" The inquiry is not an invitation to brag.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"What Are You Most Proud of in Your Career?"  Right answer: A succinct one that details a clear, organization-benefiting accomplishment , along with how the candidate pursued it and how he or she can duplicate it for you.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Why Do You Want to Work Here?"  Wrong answer: "To make lots of money and/or because benefits are great" or, worse, "Because I really need this job."

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Why Do You Want to Work Here?"  Right answer: A response that highlights how the applicant's career path and aspirations align with the culture, mission and goals of your department and the company.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Why Are You Asking for That Salary?"  Wrong answer: "Because I have a lot of college loans to pay."

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Why Are You Asking for That Salary?"  Right answer: "Because I get results and here's how ..." along with supportive evidence and documentation.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Which Past Manager Liked You the Least, and What Would He or She Say About You?"  Wrong answer: Any response that cues the "blame game" or a martyr routine.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"Which Past Manager Liked You the Least, and What Would He or She Say About You?"  Right answer: One that honestly cites an example—and explains what the job-seeker learned from the experience.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"What Was Unfair About Your Last Job?"  Wrong answer: "Nothing!" Because that means they're lying.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

Five Tough Job Interview Questions

"What Was Unfair About Your Last Job?"  Right answer: A businesslike description of a problem that prevented the achievement of department or company objectives—and how the candidate worked to resolve it.

Five Tough Job Interview Questions