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What are the most difficult interview questions and answers?
To start with, there is no such a thing as a tough interview question. Everything they ask you can be tough or easy depending on your preparation. That’s why it was very difficult for me to prepare this video.
But there are a couple of questions that are tricky. So, stay tuned to find out what they are.
I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and the creator of The Career Mastery. I help unemployed and underemployed find jobs with multinational companies through my blog and my youtube channel.
Alright let’s continue, right, about the trick questions. The first tricky question in my mind is What Are Your Weaknesses?
See, this is tricky not because HR or the hiring manager are trying trick you into making a mistake. This is very tricky because you, right you, have been misguided so far. So, it’s tricky because you are trying to shoot yourself in the foot and that’s why I wanted to list this question at the top of this list.
Let me explain further. You are probably thinking that when you are asked about your weaknesses, you should take your greatest strength and then take it to extreme. For example, your greatest weakness is that you are a perfectionist, you don’t delegate as much as you do, you are not great at work life balance, etc. See, this is very dangerous. What you are doing is called “straight up lying”. I need you to understand something, the interviewer is a person. He or She has a functioning brain. Just as how he can spot a bullshit in his personal life he can spot a bullshit in his corporate life. This is additionally important if you are interviewing with a hiring manager. There were numerous times I heard the classic bullshit answer and was this close to ending the interview. Simply because, I don’t want to work with a liar in my team. I am not a partner at PwC so I don’t have the authority to end interviews like that. But I heard a few stories where partners just kicked the candidates out when the candidates straight up lied or gave bullshit answers. Remember this, if you are interviewing with a successful multinational company, the employees of those firms are pretty smart. And if you are interviewing with a multinational management consulting firm, then you are interviewing with extraordinary talents. People who are pretty much at the top of the food chain when it comes to corporate careers. They don’t deserve to be lied. They gave you an opportunity to present yourself and invested their time, so the least you can do is be honest. If you want to find out what is a good answer, I have a video for it. So, you can click somewhere here and let it open in the new tab. But stick with me because we have 2 more questions to go.
The 2nd tough question is I think “Tell me about yourself”. This is also very tricky because you need to present yourself adequately. You need to understand what the requirements are and then present your background accordingly while making it clear that you possess those skills. But here is the tricky bit. The hiring managers ask this question not necessarily to find out whether you possess the right skills or expedrience. After all, they have seen your resume, they may have even googled you. One of the primary reasons they ask this question is to gauge your presentation skills. Imagine if they asked you to present the company, it would be very unfair to you. You don’t know about the company or its services well enough to deliver an impressive presentation. But what better material is there then your very own background to present? Right? This is definitely very important. Companies want employees who can impressively present in front of the clients.So, that’s your opportunity to showcase your presentation skills. I shot a video about this as well. If you want to know how to answer this question in more detail, then click here and open it in the new tab. But again, don’t go yet. We have one more question.
The 3rd tough question they may ask you is “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”.