Difficult questions in hr round
If you cannot answer a question you might reply with “That’s an interesting question – how would you tackle it?”
These sort of questions can be very difficult to answer. Such questions might include: “What would you do if you won the National Lottery?” You should give the answer, which in your opinion will give you the best chance of getting the job.
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
The interview is a two-way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable to the position and you will want to find out if the company and position are right for you. You should therefore ensure that you have enough information to make up your mind whether you want the job. For example:
• What will be my responsibilities?
• Where will I fit into the overall organisational structure?
• Who will I report to?
• Where does he/she fit in the structure?
• Who will report to me?
• How experienced are they?
• What do you expect me to do in the first 6 months?
• What level of performance do you expect from me?
• Who are your customers?
• Where is the company going? Upwards? Expansion plans?
• What are the chances of advancement/promotion in this position? When?
• What will be my salary, benefits and bonuses? [Do not bring this up too early in the interview – wait until they are sold on you.]
• Will travelling be required in this position?
• Will relocation be required now or in the future?
• What training do you provide?
• When will you decide on the appointment?
• What is the next step?
Answering Interview Questions – Difficult Questions – Personal Questions
These questions give you the opportunity to answer in a way that enables you to provide focused information about your skills and abilities.
Here are some common examples of this type of question:
Do you consider yourself a natural leader?
The ideal answer to this is ‘yes’, but in reality not all of us possess the confidence required to lead. You can substitute ‘natural’ with either ‘competent’ or ‘conscientious’, focusing more on leading by example with good organizational and interpersonal skills. Most professional jobs require an element of leadership that you should be taking the trouble to cultivate, whether it comes naturally or not.
Tell me about yourself?
This can be a frustratingly open question, but it does give you an excellent opportunity to communicate your skills and experience. Aim to keep your answer professionally orientated, specific to the characteristics that the interviewer may want to hear. Although your objective is to show you’ve got the perfect profile to fulfil the role, try to do so in a friendly manner so that you can show the interviewer that you have an agreeable personality.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Answers to this should always be job-related, impressive but also hinting that your best work is yet to come. Don’t be hesitant or vague when answering this question. Show that you have a clear idea of your achievements to date.
Answering Interview Questions – Difficult Questions – Dangerous Questions
These questions give you the opportunity to overcome direct objections that the interviewer may have with your application. If these are not addressed, you will effectively rule yourself out as a serious candidate.
Here are some common examples of this type of question:
What did you dislike about your last job?
Ideally you would answer ‘there was nothing I disliked’, although this may not be realistic.
Hiring someone who easily fits into the existing complement of staff is very important, therefore steer clear of criticizing former colleagues or managers. Once again, if you pay attention to the company culture when they described the role to you, you can mention factors that would be likely to impress them.
How long have you been looking for another position?
If you are currently unemployed and have been looking for some time, try to minimize the ‘time gap’ by mentioning any other activities in which you have been involved, such as study or charity work.
If your work is of a specialist nature and you’ve been determined to continue in that field, point this out provided that it isn’t at odds with the demands of the new role. A resourceful answer here can certainly score you points, instead of putting you at a disadvantage.
Why aren’t you earning more at your this stage of your career?
This is another implied negative, which can be turned into a positive by emphasizing your desire to gain solid experience instead of continually changing jobs for the sake of money.
This question gives you scope to ask; “How much do you think I should be earning?” This could possibly lead to an offer.
Why have you changed jobs so frequently?
This is another question that can prove difficult. The best response can be to blame it on your need to gain experience and grow.
Emphasize that the variety of jobs has been good experience and that you’re now more mature and settled. Questions like this can be turned around, but be careful not to dwell too much on the subject, or over-justify yourself.
Why were you made redundant?
If you were made redundant as a result of a re-organization; then this is a legitimate excuse that most recruiters will understand – they have probably been involved with laying off people themselves at some time.
Try to give acceptable reasons, such as downsizing or restructuring. Try to be brief and to matter-of-fact , encouraging the interviewer to move on.
Why were you fired?
If, however, you were fired and cannot realistically pass it off as a redundancy, then it’s advisable to be open and honest whilst minimizing the reason for your dismissal. Try to portray the incident as ‘one of those unlucky things that happens to the best of us’ and modestly explain how you’ve learn t from the experience and the steps you’ve since taken. The objective is to put the interviewer at ease in the hope that they won’t place too much importance on a reference check. It is however a good idea to reconcile with your former employers and ask them to at least give you a fair reference.