Answering Tough Questions

  1. What are your Strengths?Here you can tell your personal and professional strengths. But tell them your strengths but make sure you relate them to the position.
  2. What are your weaknesses?State a real weakness you have and show how you acknowledge it and are working to correct it. For example, you could say that you get nervous when you speak publicly and you are enrolled or have taken some speaking courses to improve upon this. Don’t make something up or say you have no weakness; everyone has something they can improve upon. Make it realistic, job related and show you have control over it or are attempting to improve it.
  3. How would you be an asset to our company? The interviewer is looking for both technical and interpersonal skills and effectiveness. Make sure you offer how well you work with others, not just highlight your independent skills. Show them how you will solve their problems and give new insight, sell yourself as a solution, not a candidate.
  4. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?The interviewer is looking for you to relate yourself to their company in some way, whether you intend on staying there or how your skill sets can be applied to new developments. They want to see if you want to work in this position as long as it takes to find something better or simply as long as it takes period.
  5. What are the things that motivate you?Money, hard work, a job well done, an open and encouragement environment, a challenge, deadlines. These are examples of things that could motivate you in regards to your performance. Be honest and explain why your motivator would be a good thing for you to have while working there.
  6. Tell me about a time when you resolved a problem?The interviewer is looking for you to have a sense of urgency and recognize the importance of initiating action. If you can show how you came to a resolve a problem using critical thinking and provided excellent customer service to all parties along the way, this would be the key.