7 Tough Interview Questions & Top-Scoring Answers!
In this powerful job interview blog, I will give you 7 outstanding, top-scoring answers to the toughest interview questions.
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #1 – “Tell Me About Yourself?”
“I would describe myself as a diligent, hard-working, and supportive person who always takes ownership of difficult challenges whenever they occur.
I have worked in several positions where I gained essential workplace skills including how to communicate effectively, how to provide exceptional service to customers, and the importance of supporting my co-workers in their duties.
In my last role, I was praised by my manager for my willingness to carry out duties outside of my job description, my desire to learn new skills, and the manner in which I would always help train up new members of staff whenever they joined the company.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #2 – “Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?”
“I left my last job because I wanted to learn new skills, I wanted to work alongside ambitious and forward-thinking people, and I wanted to work for a company that strived to be the market leader. My last company was great, and we achieved many positive things whilst I was there, but I decided to leave in order to further my career in a new and exciting role where my skills, knowledge and experience would be put to good use.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #3 – “Why Should We Hire You?”
“You should hire me because I am versatile which means I can turn my hand to most things. I will take on duties outside of my job description, and I will be flexible and adaptable to help out the company at short notice when needed. You should hire me because my high standards, passion for my work, and enthusiasm mean I will be a great role model for the organization when dealing with customers. Finally, you should hire me because I take ownership of difficult challenges. If I encounter a problem, I will do all I can to solve it instead of simply passing the issue on to my manager or supervisor for them to deal with.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #4 – “Describe Yourself In 3 Words!”
“I would describe myself as diligent, energetic, and loyal. I am diligent because I work hard, I follow instructions carefully, and I complete things on time and to the requested standard. I am energetic which means I tend to get more work done than the average person. Finally, I am loyal which means I will always be a positive role model for the company, and I will stay working here for the long term, and become a part of your ongoing success.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #5 – “Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?”
“My plan is to still be working for you in five years’ time, and even longer after that. In five years, I will either be still doing the same job and be seen as a productive, reliable, and high-performing member of the company, or I will have gained promotion to a higher level. Either way, my skills and knowledge will have developed considerably, and I will be seen as the ‘go-to’ expert in my area of specialism.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #6 – “What Will You Do If You Don’t Get This Job?”
“If I don’t get this job, I will be disappointed. However, I will respect your decision but I will ask you for feedback on how I can improve to make myself more appealing to the company. I will then reapply when a similar job is advertised.”
TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTION SAMPLE ANSWER #7 – “How Do You Prioritize Your Work?”
“I prioritize my work based on the needs of the company I am working for. I draw up a list of daily tasks and then decide which ones need to be completed first based on the commercial and operational goals of the company. I often use a traffic light system for tasks based on priority level. Red tasks need my immediate attention, amber tasks are next, and green tasks can be completed when I have more time available. I also ensure there is flexibility in my working day to respond to urgent tasks or requests from my manager or supervisor.”
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