How To Deal With Tricky Interview Questions
During your HR interview, you will be presented with a number of questions from the interviewer. The way you answer these questions will play a role in whether or not you’re hired. While some of these questions have obvious answers, others will be tricky, and the most obvious response may not be the correct one.
In this article I will present a number of questions that you may be asked during an interview, and I will provide you with a general response that will allow you to answer the question correctly. One question that an employer may ask you about is your starting salary.
1. If you are hired, what salary would you like to start at?
This is a sensitive question that you will need to have an answer for before the interview starts. If you ask for a figure that is too high, the employer may not hire you. If you ask for a figure that is too low, you may end up making less money than you are worth. To answer this question correctly, the first thing you will want to do is conduct research on the job you are applying for. Find out the average salary for somone who works in that position. The salary that you find should be related to the area that you live in. For example, if you are applying for a job as an entry level engineer, you should find out the average salary for entry level engineers that live in your area. This will allow you to give an excellent response.
2. What problems did you have at previous jobs?
This is another tricky interview question that you will need to be ready for. To answer it correctly you will want to state the problem in the correct context. For example, you could answer this question by saying that you didn’t have enough of a challenge at your previous job. This is a positive statement that will show the interviewer that you are looking for a job that will challenge you. Never answer this question in a negative way. Present the problems from your previous job in a way that will allow you to overcome them by being hired for the position you desire.
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
This is another question that you will want to pay close attention to. It may sound like any easy question, but it is more complex than it sounds. Most employers are looking for applicants who are constantly reaching for new goals. Answering this question by saying you plan to have a college degree is very good. It will show that you place an emphasis on education. You could also answer this question by saying you wish to obtain a management position within the company by this time. Again, this will convey a good message. You should never be vague when answering this question.
4. Why do you want to work for us?
This is an important question that you’d better be ready for. If you can’t give a concise answer, the employer may think twice about hiring you. While the salary may be one of the reasons, you should not make it your primary reason. This is a question that you can answer easily if you’ve done your research on the company. You could answer it by saying that the company is well established, or it has a history of positive growth. You could also answer it by saying that you believe in the products or services that are being sold by the company.
5. Why should we hire you?
This is a powerful question, and it throws a lot of applicants off guard. The employer wants to know why they should hire you instead of the other qualified applicants, and again, you will need to give them a good reason.
This is not a question that you will want to answer in a vague manner. Be specific and sell yourself. Explain to them why you have what it takes. You should list your experience, education, and desire. This is a question that will allow an employer to determine if you are the best applicant. You must be concise and give them a good reason for hiring you.