Facing an interview is a tough job. The questions that are asked during the interview can hardly be predicted and a candidate is left clueless about preparing for the questions.
Secondly, interviews consist of tricky questions that catch the candidates' off-guard. Often the candidates find themselves trapped by such questions. In such situations, the most important thing is to keep your mind focused and steer away from panicking.
Following are the questions that most candidates find tricky and difficult to answer. These questions are mostly open ended and hypothetical in nature.
Every interview will typically start with this question. It may not be a vague question from the point of view of the interviewers, but candidates are often perplexed, not knowing what to tell about themselves. Let your resume be your guide to answer this question. You can start off with your educational qualifications and different work experience. Explain in brief about the institutes and the companies that you have been associated with.
Personal weakness is what no one would want to ideally discuss. However, since you have been asked to speak about it, devise a way to tackle this question in such a way that you can still manage to portray yourself as positive person.
Mention your weakness; but turn around your answer by saying that you are working hard on improving it.
In this dynamic world, it is very difficult to say where you see yourself in 10 years' time. However, make some assumptions and say you see yourself accepting bigger challenges and meeting your career goals.
Concentrate on answering the first part of the question. Mention your core competencies and niche areas that will be beneficial to the post offered. Give examples that concretize your claims. However, under any circumstances avoid belittling the next candidate. You know nothing about him/ her. Thus, make sure to say that you are confident about your skills while you do not know much about what the other candidate may offer.
Keep the discussion as short as possible. Talk about his/ her good points or two and say how you appreciate him/ her for the skills he/ she possessed. Avoid any sort of negative comments about your ex-employer.
There is no other way out than to reply in affirmative. Working under stress and pressure is an integral part of the professional world. Even the most easy work environment will have its share of pressure. Thus, describe an incident where you could very well handle the work pressure and still managed to give a good performance.
Have a set of two or three good reasons why you decided to apply to this organization. You should know what the company offers in terms of work culture, career opportunities, challenges etc.
Tricky interviewing questions can really throw a candidate off balance. The questions that we have mentioned here are typically asked during most interviews. Follow the tips and ensure a great interview!