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Have you ever been stumped by a question you were asked in a
job interview? It’s a terrible feeling when you’re unsure of how to respond to
an interviewer, especially after all the hard work you’ve put into getting the
job interview in the first place.
You’ve worked hard to earn your degree, spent time polishing your resume, built a professional network, and researched the companies where you would like to
work. You’ve gotten this far, so don’t take a step backward from achieving your
professional goals by botching the job interview. You could ace your next job
interview by preparing answers to some of these frequently asked tough
interview questions. If you learn how to answer interview questions through
some of these interviewing tips, you could be well on your way to pursuing your
next career goal!
This is one of the most common questions interviewers ask,
and it’s a great time for you to boast a little about your accomplishments.
Respond succinctly by highlighting your professional achievements and the
career path that got you to the interview.
Sample answer: “I graduated from Kaplan
University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and
started my career as a medical assistant. I got along well with the hospital
staff, which helped me learn a lot about the inner workings of a hospital. Now
I’d like to use that knowledge to take on the role as an administrator at your
Many people want to respond to this question with a strength
disguised as a weakness. But the interviewer is looking for an honest answer,
so it’s best to be truthful. Bring up an area where you’d like to grow and talk
about how you hope to achieve that in the position.
Sample answer: “At my past job, I enjoyed the initial
strategy development process but my manager felt I was too busy with program
execution to get involved. So I’m looking for a position and company that will
allow some flexibility in my workload so I can participate in strategic
Seeking ongoing feedback from your coworkers and bosses is a
great way to ensure you have a good answer to this question. Think back to past
discussions with your former employers and share the feedback you received with
the interviewer. If you have any performance reviews, emails, or other written
materials that express this feedback, bring it with you to the interview.
Sample answer: “My former colleagues have told me they can
always count on me. Working in a deadline-driven environment, I feel it’s
critical to set realistic timelines and work efficiently to deliver on what I
set out to do.”
This is another one of the tough interview questions.
Whatever you do, don’t talk negatively about your past jobs or bosses. The
interviewer will assume that you’d talk about them and their company the same way.
Try to focus on where or from whom you learned the most and use that to
describe a positive work experience.
Sample answer: “Some experiences have been better than
others, but I’ve always found a way to make the most out of my situation. In
the past, I’ve gotten along well with my superiors because we were all working
toward the same common goal.”
This is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your
commitment to the organization. Tell the interviewer why you would like to stay
with this particular company for the long haul and discuss some of your career
Sample answer: “I earned my degree in information technology because I’m
inspired by the idea that the field is always evolving. I have always seen
myself working for a company, such as yours, that shares my passion to be on
the cutting edge of technology.”
If there was ever a time to toot your own horn, this is it.
This may be the last thing you’re asked, and it also can be one of the toughest
interview questions, so provide the interviewer with a memorable response.
Remind them why your qualifications and personality are a good fit for the
Sample answer: “As you can see from my resume, I have earned
a fire sciences degree and have the past
experience to qualify me for this position. But as anyone in fire services
knows, being a team player is equally important. My positive attitude is
infectious and I can bring a sense of camaraderie to this fire station.”
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