- Many job interviewers ask tough questions designed to trick you.
- We took a look at some of the best responses from Vicky Oliver’s book "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions" for a better idea at how to handle difficult situations.
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Some job interviewers ask tough questions designed to trick you. Others want to get a better sense of your thought process or see how you respond under pressure.
Whatever the reason, you’ll want to be prepared for curveballs or challenging questions.
In her book "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions," Vicky Oliver says in order to prevail, you need to "trounce your competition."
Previous reporting from Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz includes an ultimate guide to nailing any job interview. Lebowitz reported that speaking at a steady pace and resisting the urge to humblebrag are two key things experts recommend you keep in mind when answering questions.
We’ve highlighted 25 of the tougher questions you could be asked during your next interview, and examples on how to answer them from Oliver’s book, "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions."
It’s important to note that these sample responses are merely meant to help guide you. They won’t necessarily work for everyone, in every situation — and you should never lie in an interview.
Read on for the tough questions.
Vivian Giang contributed to a previous version of this article.
Q: What is your biggest weakness that’s really a weakness, and not a secret strength?
A: I am extremely impatient. I expect my employees to prove themselves on the very first assignment. If they fail, my tendency is to stop delegating to them and start doing everything myself.
To compensate for my own weakness, however, I have started to really prep my people on exactly what will be expected of them.
Q: Will you be out to take my job?
A: Maybe in about 20 years, but by then, I suspect you’ll be running the entire company and will need a good, loyal lieutenant to help you manage this department!
Q: You have changed careers before. Why should I let you experiment on my nickel?
A: As a career-changer, I believe that I’m a better employee because I’ve gained a lot of diverse skills from moving around. These skills help me solve problems creatively.
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