Answering the 16 most Toughest Questions

Tell me something about yourself.
 Inform

them that you will be happy to talk about yourself  Ask the interviewer what he wants to know  If the point is clarified respond, if it isn't explain how your skills can contribute to the job and the organization.  It’s a great chance to sell yourself

What are your Greatest Strengths?
Here Summarize your strong points:  “I can see what must be done and then do it”  “I am willing to make decisions”  “I work well with others”

What are your Greatest Weaknesses ?
Describe a Weakness so that it sounds like a virtue – honestly revealing something about yourself while showing how it works to an employer’s advantage.

What was the Toughest Decision you ever had to make?
 Give

Good examples  Explain why the decision was difficult and how you decided

Why do you want to work for this Organisation?
 Show

you have done your homework  Cite some things going on in the company that appeal to you.

Why should we employ you?
 Emphasize

your academic strengths, job skills and enthusiasm for the firm  Tie specific skills to the employer’s needs  Give examples as to how you can learn and become productive quickly  Cite past activities to prove you can work with others as part of a team.

If we hire You, what changes would you make?
 Remember

no one can know what to change before settling in and learning about the job and company operations. State that you would take a good hard look at everything the company is doing before making recommendations.

Can we offer you a career path?
 Before

that one needs to know more about the normal progression within the organization

What didn’t you like about previous jobs you’ve held?
 State

what you didn’t like and discuss what the experience taught you  Avoid making slightest references to former employers.

How do you spend your Leisure time?
Don’t focus on only one aspect, mention a cross section of interests – active and quiet, social and solitary.

Are there any weaknesses in your education or experience?
 Make

a note of your weaknesses before your interview  Practice discussing them in a positive light

Where do you want to be Five years from now?
 Whether

you are merely using this job as a stopover until something better comes along  Whether you’ve given thought to your longterm goals  Your answer should reflect your long term goals and the organizations advancement opportunities

What are your Salary Expectations?
If you’re asked this at the outset, say, “Why don’t we discuss salary after you decide whether I’m right for the job?” If the interviewer asks this after showing real interest in you, speak up. Do your homework, but if you need a clue about salary levels, say, “Can you discuss the salary range with me?”

What would you do If….
This question tests your resourcefulness. E.g..“What would you do if your computer broke down during an audit?” Your answer is less important than your approach to the problem – and a calm approach is best.

What type of position are you interested in?
Job titles and responsibilities vary from firm to firm. So state your skills (“I’m good with numbers”) and the positions that require those skills (“accounts payable”)

Do you have any questions about the organization or the job?

Employers like candidates who are interested in the organization. Convey your interest and enthusiasm.

Be sure that your answers are sincere, truthful, and positive. Take a moment to compose your thoughts before responding, so that your answers are to the point.