During a job interview, employers sometimes ask tricky questions to trip you up – not out of maliciousness, but to get an accurate sense of your candidacy. Interviewers know that you’ve probably practiced all of the traditional questions, so they try to stump you with trickier ones to get a better idea of your background, your communication skills, and how you’ll perform should they offer you the job.
Here are the 4 trickiest interview questions meant to trip you up, with suggestions on how to answer them and sample answers.
Some other tricky questions that interviewees may encounter during the interview:
1. What is your greatest strength/ greatest weakness?
- Your greatest strength is something they need. Don't choose something irrelevant to the job or the employer.
2. Tell me how you’ve handled a difficult situation.
- The key to this tricky interview question is to make sure that you talk about a situation that wasn’t your fault. If you’re handling a difficult situation, but it’s obvious that you created your own troubles, it doesn’t look good.
- The interviewer wants to see how you handle difficulty and if you are able to think outside the box and keep the company’s big picture in mind.
3. How did you find this job?...
- Make sure you can go into a little detail on what you found in your research.
4. Do you have any questions?
- This is your chance to “interview the interviewer.” Those who don’t ask questions give the impression they’re “just kicking the tires” or not really too concerned about getting the job.
- When given the floor to ask questions, you should realize the interview is not over yet. Good candidates know this is another time to shine.
Tips for a successful job interview:
- Speak clearly and vary your tone to show you are interested and enthusiastic.
- Take time to think about each question before answering so that you can give a good response.
- Listen to questions carefully and let the interviewer lead the conversation. If you don't understand a question, ask for it to be explained or repeated.
- Be diplomatic and discreet, and don’t criticise previous employers or co-workers.
- Give examples from your experience that demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
- Show confidence in your skills and be positive about what you have done. For example, instead of using phrases such as "I only have..." or "I don't have…" tell the employer what you do have to offer.