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responding to difficult interview questions 

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responding to difficult interview questions

Let’s face it, interviewers can ask some tough questions when their trying to get to know if you are the right fit. Here’s a list of some of the most difficult interview questions and how to answer them.

1. Tell me about yourself.
Keep your answers focused on information relevant to the position. Show your skills, direction and emphasizes how well this new job fits into your career path.

2. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.
Choose one example from your past that was important to you and helped the company you worked for. Give specific details about what you did, how you did it, and what the results were. Employers like to hear about accomplishments that reduced expenses, raised revenues, solved problems or enhanced a company's reputation.

3. What are your weaknesses?
Choose a professional trait and explains how it can be an advantage if well managed. When you identify a weakness, remind them you actively taking actions to correct it. For example, “I used to have trouble with procrastinating, now I have learned to write down a list of things that I need to do, and keep a calendar to keep track of deadlines.”

4. Why did you leave your previous job, and why are you leaving your current position?
Be as honest and specific as possible. Remain positive and focused on the future. Always be respectful of your previous employer. If you currently have a job, focus on what kind of skills you want to develop and how this position fits in with your career plan.

5. What interests you most about this job?
Talk about the most important element of the job description. For example if the job requires effective team work capabilities, talk about how you are very interested in the opportunity to work in a team environment.

6. How will you contribute to the success of our organization?
Explain how you have worked on similar problems in a different environment and how your initiatives have made a difference. Present a specific and positive picture of what you can do.

7. What are your long-range career goals?
Emphasize that you want to secure a position that offers opportunities to grow, develop skills and take on challenges and responsibilities. Do not indicate that you hope to start your own business, change careers or go back to school.

8. What are your salary expectations?
Try to avoid giving out a precise number at this point. Focus on how important it is for you to learn more about the job. If pressed to answer - give a range of what you understand you are worth in the marketplace.

9. Do you have any questions?
This is a great opportunity to show your interest in the company. Ask questions about the company’s culture, advancement opportunities and what you can expect from your future colleagues.

10. Do your job to the best of your ability.
No matter what type of job you have, put your best effort into it, and your efforts will undoubtedly pay off in the future.

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