The Hardest Job Interview Questions and Their Answers

Getting it right during the job interview

Job interviews are the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Job interviews are the stuff that nightmares are made of. | Source
The more preparation put into the meeting  the less stress is fel.
The more preparation put into the meeting the less stress is fel. | Source
Be certain to include yourself as part of the solution for any business problems.
Be certain to include yourself as part of the solution for any business problems. | Source

Some folks believe the jitters are a good thing before the sit down. They keep an individual on their toes. What are your thoughts?

Is it a good thing to be nervous at a job interview?

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Job interviews are what nearly everyone's nightmares are made of. The dream of being in one leaves a person quaking in a sweat. These are the thoughts in mind the night before an important job interview. The questions they will ask are what gives an individual the chills up and down the spine. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a heads up for these situations?

With up to 100 people sometimes interviewing for one single open position, make the best out of getting in front of a company representative. Sell the special and unique attributes inside of each of us as what they seek. The moment the seat across from them is filled convince them they are looking at the best candidate for the position. Stand out from the rest of the pack and increase the possibility of working the job of your dreams or at the very least, getting a pretty darn good position.

There is no quick answer

Interviews are generally an inaccurate process, but typically the same questions are found at nearly every one. Countless have identified these as a form of behavioral questions that interviewers ask where there doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer. However, most applicants who assume this couldn’t be more wrong. This means preparation is a good thing. Discover a little bit of what to prepare for and make the most of the time. Remember, no matter how many apply, there is one position open.

Question-give an example of the last time a customer or coworker got in an angry confrontation or circumstance. Expand on how to handle.

Answer- testing leadership expertise as well as handling difficult circumstances. This is one to expect quite a bit.

Always include background information related to the situation. Why did the customer or coworker get angry? Start to finish is filled with details. Modulate and enunciate while telling the tale.Remember to include yourself as part of the solution and not the problem.

Focus on the detail or being angry with the situation and not the person. Always include the short story of how things turned out in the end. If possible suggest proactive actions to avoid the same circumstance in the future.

Never- put all of the blame on the coworker or customer for the episode. If others where involved in defusing it, give them credit where credit is due. This shows the interviewer an individual is able to share in the limelight.

The ultimate answer-admit fault or accept blame if warranted. Take responsibility for any wrongdoing. Share the learning experience or gain from the entire experience. This is the icing on the cake.

Question-what is the hardest decision made in the last six months?

Answer-reasoning skills are being evaluated with this question. Do you have good or great judgment, reasoning and problem solving tools to use when and if needed. Some interviewers are fishing to find out if a future employee is willing to take some risks. Quite possibly they determine if so are they intelligent or silly.

Never- give an answer as “pass”. Everyone has to make tough decisions no matter what the job. Reasoning is assessment and calculating an answer to an issue.

Always-give an example of a decision connecting reasoning to the example or another one where assessing the situation before making decisions. A great example is reviewing reports for the past year before deciding the best software for the area under management

The ultimate answer-don’t make the response part of a difficult personal choice. Make the answer a data driven solution. Include interpersonal skill use as well as exercise or consideration of any kind of possible ramifications this particular direction takes.

Question-give an example of a time when you knew you were right but you still had to follow guidelines or directions

Answer-the interviewer is assessing the prospective candidate's ability to follow and capability to lead in a variety of situations.

Never-display any type of deception. For example, a contender discovered a way around the guidelines simply because they knew they were right. Avoid being smug with any answer given. Justifying the wrong means is okay with the right outcome is sure to get a dismissal. Never take it personally

Always-link the decision made as the correct one with a variety of examples to substantiate the decision. For instance, a prospective employee did what needed to be done because of things like time constraints. Point out how you found an appropriate time and place to take care of the situation and how it improved your work environment.

The ultimate answer-everything was concluded on a positive note along with staying motivated or motivating others. When working with peers, stand up and admit it is possible it does not seem sensible but we still need to get it done.

It is possible for a leader to debate and disagree with management behind closed doors but among staff support the decision

Question-when was the last time a workday ended before everything was done?

Answer-the interviewer wants to know the interviewee has the ability to prioritize work assignments and communicate effectively

Never-give the impression only the minimum effort is put forth. go above and beyond with assignments. throw in the team work card and let the person know helping out when needed is not an issue.

Always-admit to staying a few minutes late ) not on company time) to finish up that I am currently working on. I attempt to prioritize my work during the day to make certain essential or crucial responsibilities are done before I leave. You won’t be able to finish all of your work every day but you certainly try to each day you work.

The ultimate answer-I will stay late from time to time to finish up critical duties. However, if I see that I am not able to complete my work by the end of the day I communicate to leaders if deadlines may be in jeopardy. There may be help for me if I can get this message across early enough.

This is an outline and general information on critical interview questions that seem to rear their head time and time again when you are sitting in that interview chair. Hopefully these will get you that place in the company that you are striving for.

Job Interview Tips Techniques and Skills

First impressions are everything is a great saying for this particular circumstance

When looking for what to wear, ask questions of yourself. There are fine lines between appropriate and not for those business casual outfits.

This is not a solicitation to go out and buy a couple hundred dollars worth of new stuff to add to the wardrobe. Though a new scarf or skirt to mix and match is not too far out of line.


Check out what Glamour magazine suggests to wear for interviews

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Excellent Hub on Job Interviews Smcopywrite. I used to be a "Head Hunted" in my Career Days. Eye contact is so important and giving a Neat and Clean appearance, along with a good Resume that is easy to read...and a "Thank You" note is always noticed.


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Goyakla 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Very useful for someone starting. Schools could do with your advice and guidance. Nice work.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Just be yourself. The HRD personnel will know if you're faking your answer.

I agree that eye contact and personal hygiene make your presence important.

Humility is also counted, like saying words of gratitude for the praise received.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

"be yourself, no matter what they say..." -Sting.


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Tom T 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent list and terrific do's and don'ts to follow. I always find the toughest questions are the ones that are kind of off the wall like, "Tell me how many hair dressers are in the city of New York?" Most of the time the interviewer is looking at how you would attack a problem, not so much if you have the right answer. Great hub.


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puddingicecream 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing this. Excellent tips on tough questions. Voted up for useful.


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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Great hub and very useful - especially for those new to the interview scene. Voted up, useful and awesome.


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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Very useful! I will be keeping these in mind for interviews in the future.


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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Very interesting and useful hub.

I think those answers are very good ones, and it's definitely something that will help people who are nervous about these questions or do not know how to prepare themselves.


Ashraf 3 years ago

Very interesting and useful hub.

Thanks for your experience.....


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

These are some tough questions. I couldn't think of any instances of any of them, and so thinking of situations that fit the questions was more difficult than giving an answer. Still, it's good to think about these questions so that one will have some ready answers if they are asked.


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smcopywrite 3 years ago from all over the web Author

the funny thing is as soon as you say you never have these situations will be the first time you do. in any case, i hope these help you if you ever need them. thanks for commenting

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