Answering Interview Questions Difficult Questions and Dangerous Questions

These questions give you the opportunity to overcome direct objections that the interviewer may have with your application. If these are not addressed, you will effectively rule yourself out as a serious candidate. Whether your being interviewed by insurance head hunters or a dental assistant, it can be beneficially to keep these questions in mind.

Here are some common examples of this type of question:

What did you dislike about your last job?
Ideally you would answer ‘there was nothing I disliked’, although this may not be realistic. 

Hiring someone who easily fits into the existing complement of staff is very important, therefore steer clear of criticizing former colleagues or managers. Once again, if you pay attention to the company culture when they described the role to you, you can mention factors that would be likely to impress them.

How long have you been looking for another position?
If you are currently unemployed and have been looking for some time, try to minimize the ‘time gap’ by mentioning any other activities in which you have been involved, such as study or charity work. 

If your work is of a specialist nature and you’ve been determined to continue in that field, point this out provided that it isn’t at odds with the demands of the new role. A resourceful answer here can certainly score you points, instead of putting you at a disadvantage. 

Why aren’t you earning more at your this stage of your career?
This is another implied negative, which can be turned into a positive by emphasizing your desire to gain solid experience instead of continually changing jobs for the sake of money. 

This question gives you scope to ask; “How much do you think I should be earning?” This could possibly lead to an offer. 

Why have you changed jobs so frequently?
This is another question that can prove difficult. The best response can be to blame it on your need to gain experience and grow. 

Emphasize that the variety of jobs has been good experience and that you’re now more mature and settled. Questions like this can be turned around, but be careful not to dwell too much on the subject, or over-justify yourself.

Why were you made redundant?
If you were made redundant as a result of a re-organization; then this is a legitimate excuse that most recruiters will understand – they have probably been involved with laying off people themselves at some time. 

Try to give acceptable reasons, such as downsizing or restructuring. Try to be brief and to matter-of-fact , encouraging the interviewer to move on. 

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