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The toughest interview questions?

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Mclaren Consultancy

Thu Aug 30 2018 06:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

How to appropriately answer these interview questions? Here are some hints for your preparation.

When you encounter interview questions related to reasons for leaving, how should you answer?

1. Reason for joining is not the reason for leaving

Being hired by another company is not a sound reason for leaving, it only shows that you are hiding the truth.

2. Objectivity vs subjectivity

Subjective judgement is usually emotion-driven which projects an unprofessional image to the interviewer. To stay professional you should focus on objective matters such as industry prospect.

3. Avoid complaining of difficulties of your previous roles

Complaining of difficulties would be a sign of incapability. Even without quantifiable achievements to share with the interviewers, you can always share how you have made a difference to the work progress of the team with you effort and contribution.


How to answer “Why should we hire you”?

1. Showcase your capabilities and transferable skills sets relevant to the applied role

Interviewers are always looking for candidates with suitable skills sets which add immediate value to the team. To stay ahead of competitions, you show review the requirements in job description and highlight your transferable skills sets by presenting both quantitative (e.g. sales target percentage hit) and qualitative (e.g. a specific case) support.

2. Personality and motivation are as important as skills sets, if not more

Focus on your unique personal traits which shapes you like no other and stand out from the crowd. Prove your career determination by illustrating how the responsibilities of the role trigger your motivation.

3. Show how you can fit in to the company culture

If you find yourself fitting in to the company’s culture, share with the interviewers your perception of the chemistry with the team and how well you can get along with their culture.


“Have you learned from your mistakes?” “I…”

1. Acknowledge and admit the mistakes you have made in the past

Admitting mistakes is a sign of courage and more importantly it shows your capability in self-reflection.

2. Show your lesson learnt

Interviewers are interested in knowing the lessons you have learnt and what you have done so far to turn around the mistake.

3. Action speaks louder than words

Giving examples is the best way of elaboration. You can share 1 or 2 concrete examples of your previous experience of committing mistake and turning it around.

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