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10 tricky questions in a job interview

All job interviews are different and, of course, this includes the questions that are asked during the interview. However, human resource managers often resort to certain 'trick' questions to test the candidate's ability in complicated situations, the interest they have in the job, and so on. The following are the ten most frequent ones:

1. What do you know about the company?

This is your chance to show interest in the company and the position you are applying for. It is important to be prepared in advance by browsing the company's website or reading about it in the press.

2. What can you tell us about yourself?

Another classic question. In fact, it is usually the first question the interviewer asks. Talking about yourself is complicated and human resources managers know this, which is why they do it. The answer should be brief and highlight your experience, education and achievements as well as your future goals.

3. Why did you leave your last job?

Forget possible problems with your previous boss. Your goal should be to highlight what you have learned and your desire to take a step forward in your professional career.

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4. What can you offer our organisation?

Keep in mind what you know about the company, your own knowledge and skills for the position you are applying for before making a positive response. Doing so is a guarantee of making a good impression to the interviewer.

5. Do you know anyone within the company?

Be careful with this question, though pay attention to it without fear. Be natural and answer without hesitation. If someone has recommended you, say so, and even provide information about who you are.

6. Do you like working as a team or alone?

Teamwork is important for all modern companies, so the answer must be focused in that sense. However, do not hesitate to highlight your ability to solve problems on your own, but only if the situation requires you to do so.

7. What are your main weaknesses?

Another question that demands you giving your best answer. For example, you should mention the skills you have as well as the points you should work on. Make sure you show enthusiasm in the matter.

8. How do you perform under pressure?

Pressure is common in today's businesses. Be sure to say that you have no problem working under pressure and give examples from your previous job.

9. What salary do you think you deserve or expect to receive?

Money is always a delicate matter, but it must also be dealt with carefully. Try to be the first to put the cards on the table, but if not, specify that you want a salary according to your performance, experience and training. If you suspect that you will be asked for actual figures, look up the Internet in order to get a rough idea.

10. What is your perspective on the future in the next 5 years?

An answer in the lines of 'an X job in which I focus on doing X and giving me the opportunity to learn X' may be ideal, especially if it relates to the position you wish to get. After all, the interviewer is looking for a degree of stability.

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