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Get through fife non traditional and challenging job interview questions

In addition to the traditional job interview questions like “ tell me about your strengths / weaknesses “ or “What motivates you” there more and more recruiters and hiring managers thinking outside of the traditional question box to get a more authentic and more insightful impression off you.

Here are fife possible questions and ways to prepare for a good answer:

Tell me about something that you are proud of.

What is the thinking behind this question :

The person interviewing you wants to hear about a professional or personal achievement and get an impression about how you achieve and remember success.

How to approach your answer:

This questions opens the stage for you to show a personal success. It gives you the possibility to demonstrate personal growth and success.

A possible answer could be :

Î am very proud of my development in my first sales job. I became a master in the solutions we offered and I quickly learned how to use solution selling to realise the best possible solutions for my customers. I over performed on my targets by 50% and was top performer in my first year. I am proud how quickly I learned about the complex solutions we offered and how I could explain the benefits of those successfully to our customers.

Are you answering work emails on the weekend

What is the thinking behind this question :

On the one hand the interviewer wants to tap into your passion and dedication for the job. On the other hand every manager knows that Burn Out is a real threat and that exhausted overworked employees will neither be healthy nor productive in the long term. It is important to have great work attitude but it is equally important to be able to take care of yourself and find the right work life balance.

How to approach your answer:

Show your passion and dedication for the job but make also clear that work life balance and personal well being is important to you.

A possible answer could be :

I m always passionate for my job and I take my responsibilities seriously. I am willing to go the extra mile and do everything it takes to be successful. I also take care of my well being I try not to work or read emails on the weekend to make sure I can fully recover and give 100% at work every week.

Why do you want to work here

What is the thinking behind this question : 

The hiring manager wants to find out if you have done your homework and if you really connect with the company. He or she wants to see why you see yourself fit in this company and this position.

How to approach your answer:

You certainly don’t want the job because of free food or travel perks. There must be something about the work and the company that aligns with you and that made you apply for this position at this company. Explain how you fit into this and why this is the right company and job for you. Companies want you to choose them as much as you want to be chosen for the job.

A possible answer could be :

I really like your companies goal to be the number one sustainable company in the next ten years. Also your open work culture that includes and welcomes diversity is matching my expectations. I have always worked best in international open and diverse teams.

What would your current boss say about you when I call him or her

What is the thinking behind this question :

The hiring manager wants to check if you get nervous if there is something negative about your current or previous work. This question is aiming at knowing if there was a bad work relationship.

How to approach your answer:

Stay yourself but do not talk negatively about your previous work your boss or your colleagues.

This might shade a bad light on you, instead focus on the good aspects of your current or previous position and your achievements.

A possible answer could be :

I enjoy current position and I am sure my boss would be an excellence reference for me although he might not like the idea of me leaving. I see after two years being successfully there now a new interesting way in this position to grow and be a valuable part of this team here.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years

What is the thinking behind this question :

Recruiting on boarding and training is a huge investment done by every company. The hiring manager wants to find out about your commitment and your loyalty towards the new role and the new company. They also might want to see if being over ambitious would stand in the way of long term success. It is good to want to perform and grow but you should not expect a promotion every six month or being demotivated by continuously doing a good job in the same role for a couple of years.

How to approach your answer:

Be genuine about how you want to grow and develop yourself but stay also realistic and humble. Demonstrate that you are willing to take the time and learn the job and to be able to master it.

A possible answer could be :

I see myself working here in this field. I hope that by then I have become an expert in what I do and that I can grow personally and professionally. I would enjoy to use my experience over time to share best practices and help others in the team. I hope to be able to grow into a role with even more responsibility within fife years and become an even more valuable part of the company.

Conclusion in order to get well through tricky questions in a job interview :

  • Stay Calm and do not become nervous or put off
  • Stay yourself and be genuine
  • Be prepared and do your research think about why you want this job in this company and why you see yourself there

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Good Luck in mastering even a tricky interview!

 


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