There are interview questions that make it difficult for candidates to answer. For recruiters, what interview questions often turn out to be fiascoes?
1- Name a mistake you have made in your past jobs
Recruiters understand that you’re looking for a mistake that won’t make you look bad. “Nothing” is not an answer. Of course, you could give a tiny mistake that didn’t have an impact afterwards. However, this is not what your interviewer wants. What they want is the truth.
Now, it all adds up. You just have to figure out how to say it. And one way to do the mea culpa is to name one of your failures and explain what you learned from it afterwards. A mistake at the beginning of your career is a good way to get out of it. However, if you are asked to point out a mistake in your previous job, the same principle applies.
Favour a bad experience at the beginning of your life to show that you have gained confidence later on.
2- Which job did you like the least in your previous job?
Candidates often miss this question. Why is that? Because they often don’t know whether this task will fall to them in their potential new job. Yet all recruiters know that there is no such thing as a perfect job. There is always something, no matter how insignificant, that is rejected.
To survive such a question, once again honesty is your best ally. It is the only way to show recruiters your openness throughout the interview. Name the task honestly. All that matters is to explain what made it more off-putting, such as the context, the time to accomplish it, and so on.
3- What type of difficulty are you having trouble managing?
Since you’re not a robot, you can’t do everything perfectly. At the risk of repeating yourself: be sincere. You might mention that you have more difficulty dealing with situations that mix up feelings: anger, sadness, etc. You could also respond that your shyness makes public presentations more difficult, but that you would like to improve on this through training or other means. The way you bounce back from your response is worth more than your response itself.
4- If you had to start your career all over again, what would you do differently?
Your contact person wants to know if you like your new position. Your level of motivation is very important. In addition to the truth, emphasize the positive direction you have taken by illustrating it with examples. You could, for example, answer that you should have taken a training course or found your path earlier.
Finally, keep this in mind: in interviews, there are no good answers… only bad explanations!