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How to Answer Job Interview Questions

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If you badly want to be a part of a certain company, the topmost key to that is to do well in interviews. Most people provide impeccable resumes and appear in the most formal and respectable look, but easily screw up when it comes to the interview. If you’re among these people, then better read along and discover tips on how to answer job interview questions and how to deal with those that are below the belt.

The trickiest questions and the trickiest answers:

If there’s one thing you can change with your past job, what would it be?

This may sound like a question in beauty pageants but it is considered as one of the trickiest questions there is. Well, the idea of asking it to the applicants really has a pretty shallow reason behind it.

Basically, employers would just want to know about your perspective on your past job. So telling them bad experiences about your co-workers or even cruel things about the previous company is a big no-no. It will only give the interviewer an impression that you will also defame the company in time.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

One common mistake on most applicants is that they answer too arrogant. On this question, you don’t tell a tale, or make up a story where you’ll end up being a hero. The interviewer will surely be annoyed by that.

Keep in mind that you’re still an applicant and making you a hero in a story won’t magically make you a part of a company. You simply answer this question with a brief fact about the situation, like why you consider it as a risk and how you dealt with it.

Why should we NOT hire you?

What in the world is the interviewer thinking?!” Admit it; if you have already faced this question then most probably this thought also entered your mind. How can you answer a twisted question anyway?

“If you’re not looking for a hard-working, dedicated and skilled worker, then perhaps you should NOT hire me.” That is how you answer it, brief, concise, and clear. No fluff words needed, and definitely no begging. You’re applying for a job, not begging for the position.

Why did you leave your last job?

Oh, you never answer this question with anything in regards to the company, salary and the co-workers. Because giving an answer linked to the company and co-workers will only make you appear a backbiter. Giving an answer linked to the salary on the other hand will make you appear as someone who doesn’t get contented easily. Instead, provide a family or self-oriented answer.

How to deal with difficult questions

This is the common dilemma of most applicants. Nevertheless, the perfect solution to this is just under our noses. Simply digest and internalize the question. Listen to it carefully and don’t let your trembling knees and shaking hands get in your way. Relax and be confident. Surely, an efficient answer will pop out of your mind immediately.