How to give smart answers to tough interview questions

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Being in an interview is already a nervous setting for everyone, but how would you feel if you are given tough questions that you haven’t prepare to answer? The chances are you will stutter even more and can turn it into the ‘worst’ interview experience ever.


You don’t want to imagine that chaos, right?


You might wonder, why do interviewers ask such questions that will make you even more nervous than you already are and cause this tremendous chaos?


There is a reason behind this; interviewers are looking for your ability to react and cope with difficult situations. So if you give them clever answers, you can score points that will lead you to land that job.



What is your weakness?

I know, what a cliché question. But you will probably come across this question in almost every interview. So how do you answer to this question?


This is a test to find out how you solve and cope with your weaknesses. Give a general answer that is not directly related to work. But never mention anything that will scratch you off from the list of sincere, hardworking problem-solver.


After telling them your weakness, you have to provide the efforts you have made to deal with it.


Interviewers don’t expect you to be a perfect person, thus giving an impression that you are the type of person who never stops trying to become better will be good enough to score you points.



Why do you want to work for our company?

A typical answer to this question would be something like “I want to be the best talent at the best company”. But this sounds too blur.


You have to be more specific on which part of the company stood out to your eyes that made you want to pursue your career at this particular company. In order to do so, you need to show them that you did a little background studying on the company by establishing a link between the company and your background/experience.



What do you think about ‘overtime’ work hours?

A good answer would be something that will show how finishing assigned work in a timely manner is most ideal, but you are responsible enough to finish your projects on time even if it will cost you to work overtime. It’s a good idea to mention that this is true especially during your probation period.


Don’t exaggerate by saying “I can work overtime everyday” or “I am not willing to work overtime at any time”, because the recruiters know that nobody likes working overtime.



Your GPA doesn’t look good.

Rather than making lame excuses, sugarcoat it with experiences or abilities that are equivalent to your not-so-good-looking GPA. Admit that you don’t have the highest GPA, but you have to provide good reasons why this was the case.


A good explanation would be something like “I didn’t get good grades in my major classes, but I was active in doing field work and research, and I acquire related certificates to make up for it. 


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