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5 of the hardest interview questions and how to answer them.

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What are your weaknesses?

The most dreaded question of all time; what are your weaknesses? When asked this question, you should always try to make the answer to this question as positive as possible. For example, you could talk about how you are always looking to improve your communication skills or how you are trying to perfect certain skills that are specific to the industry. Also, try and keep away from personalised qualities and stick to more professional/universal traits. Always emphasize on the positives, even when the question is negative. 


What would a good friend say about you?

When asked this question, it’s important to keep it professional, while also making it relatable. A good example would be “My friend would say I am extremely organised as I am the one who arranges and organises all the outings”. Try to not use personal qualities and focus more on what the company is looking for in an employee. 


What do you know about the company?

This question can be very daunting, especially if you don’t do your research beforehand. To ensure confidence when answering this question, you should research a few facts about the company. To really impress them, you can always read their policies or dig up some interesting facts that other interviewees may not know about. Keep your answer factual, not too lengthy and clear. 


A couple of basic things to find out about the company:

∙ Who the CEO/Founder is

When the company was founded

What their values/main goals are 


Why should we hire you?

You should always make your answer to this concise, clear and positive. Highlight some of your best qualities (not personal) and talk about how they would help the company. Also, mention how you helped/what you contributed to previous companies. 


Can you tell me about a time when you made a mistake?

This question can be a nightmare to answer, if you don’t know how to answer it properly. When answering this question, you should talk about a mistake you made that, in the end, had a positive outcome and shows positive qualities within yourself. A good way to answer is to talk about how you made a mistake, corrected it and how it positively impacted the company.