When the tough job interview question comes up during the job interview, you need to be ready to answer it/them with absolute conviction. Most candidates are accustomed to answering softer questions during the course of a job interview and most can do so without batting an eyelash. Such questions help validate a candidate's success metrics (ie. great leadership attributes, qualities, career progress etc.) and they are usually easy questions to answer. Most of us are proud of our accomplishments and it's imperative to get them out there, as previous success can often give us a preview of upcoming attractions.
You must be able to respond flawlessly to each question, regardless of how difficult they may be. And you must do so with speed, accuracy and without hesitation.
Here are a few tough job interview questions that you should be ready for:
Why are you here today?
Tell me about a time you had to make a tough decision and the outcome was not good. Why did you make that decision, and if you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Describe a time you had to compromise your ethics.
What is your biggest weakness as a leader?
What is your greatest career accomplishment?
What is it like to work for you/with you and what would your people say about your leadership?
If you could improve in one area of leadership, what would that be?
Please describe a recent situation when your work was criticized.
What do you think of your current boss?
How would you describe your personality?
How long will you stay with our organization?
What would your boss say is your greatest strength and weakness
Why are you the best candidate for this role?
You have to make sure you attempt to answer the questions that are asked. Failing to answer is a big mistake. Attempting to demonstate that you've never made a bad decision by ignoring a question is very risky and will most likely result in another bad decisions on your part.
The next time you are faced with a tough job interview question, be prepared for every question that's thrown your way, positive or negative. Pause for a moment to think about your response and then answer each question honestly and with conviction.
TO YOUR SUCCESS!
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