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How to Answer Difficult Interview Questions

High Desert job seekers may be interested in knowing that an agreement was approved with The Boeing Company by the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority. This means more jobs for the High Desert – and another reason for job seekers to sharpen their interviewing skills. One Hesperia resident, Richard Rangel, said at The High Desert Regional Job Fair held in May: “Finding a job is like playing the lottery. Without doing lots of interviewing, you don’t have a chance.”

 

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With the job market in the state that it is, even getting invited to an interview can feel like a great achievement. If you want to go one step further and land the job, however, you’ll need to make sure you can impress the interviewer. That means presenting yourself in the best way possible and making sure that you can give the perfect answer to those difficult interview questions. Of course, that’s much easier said than done, but if you remember these tips you’ll be able to give yourself the best chance of getting the job.

Anticipate the Questions

Before your interview you should think about all the possible questions they might ask you. If you know anybody that’s gone for a similar interview or works in a related field it might also be worth asking them if they have any ideas about what the interviewer might ask. Remember, interview questions are much more difficult if the first time you are confronted with them is during the interview itself; so it’s worth doing as much preparation as you can.

Listen and Take Your Time

Some people make the mistake of answering the question before the interviewer has barely finished speaking. They believe it makes them appear well-prepared and confident. At best it shows that you have rehearsed your answers well, but at worst you’ll rush into an answer that doesn’t really confront the question at all and you’ll just look foolish.

Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking. While you will have spent time anticipating what questions would be asked, don’t just assume that these are the questions they’re actually asking – one different word can change the entire question. Once your interview has finished the question take a moment to think about the answer. As long as you’re not spending a ridiculously long period of time thinking, your interviewer won’t mind you taking a moment.

Stay Positive

You might think that being asked why you left your last job is a difficult question, particularly if you were forced to leave. While you can express your disappointment about the situation, quickly turn it into a positive and talk about the new opportunities at your feet. If you can sound genuinely enthusiastic about your interviewer becoming your employer you’ll demonstrate a positive attitude that is valuable in any work environment.

Equally, if you’re asked to point out your weaknesses use it as an example to show positivity. ‘My technical knowledge has been very poor, but I’ve enrolled on a course to tackle this’, sounds much more effective and authentic than simply saying ‘I’m a perfectionist’ or ‘I work too hard’.

Don’t Badmouth Former Employers

For some, being given the opportunity to talk about a past employer is like a red rag to a bull. It’s absolutely vital you resist talking badly of your boss. Instead talk about how differences could make work challenging and how you believe that your ethos more closely matches the new organisation.

Stick to the truth

If you’re confronted with a difficult question you hadn’t prepared for you might be tempted to tell a little fib. If your interviewer chooses to continue questioning you on the same subject you could soon find yourself unable to keep up with your web of lies. Stick to the truth – by all means gloss it, but stick to the truth.

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