Tricky interview questions are almost inevitable during a job interview. As an interviewee, it can be difficult to find the right words if you’re not 100% sure on the answer. However, these questions are often asked because they offer a deeper insight into who a candidate is, and if you're truly the right fit for the company. But how do you answer correctly?
Well, there is no one correct answer. But as an interviewee, what you can do is be as prepared as possible with your answers to even the most “out-of-left-field” questions. Below, we’ve put together a list of tricky interview questions and how you can best tackle answering them during your interview.
“What’s your dream job?”
If you're lucky, you're interviewing for your dream job. Congrats! It definitely took a lot of hard work to get you here. For you, the obvious answer to the dream job question is the one you're applying for. But any smart interviewer will know that that may not be everyone's answer. If you're not currently sitting in an interview for your dream job, let them know that this job would be a great step on your ideal career path, and that it's in the same field that you want to succeed in.
“Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?”
Similar to the dream job question, you may not have a concrete answer to this one. 5 to 10 years may seem like a ways away! What you should do in this situation is be honest, but cautious. An employer is most likely asking this question to know if you're going to stick around for a while or not. When answering, let the interviewer know that you are eager to take a job that will allow you to continue to learn and grow and that you're committed to the career path that you're on. If you can, don't give specifics, be a bit more vague if you're not 100% sure.
“What’s your biggest weakness?”
We all have weaknesses - we're human beings! - but they may not be the things you want to talk about when you're trying to sell yourself for a new job. This is one of those questions you should definitely prepare for before you walk into the interview. Think about areas that you want to improve upon in your work and present them in that way, "I'd really like to improve on the way I [XYZ]." Try not to use the word weakness, present them as challenges that you're ready and willing to tackle. And if you can, present a way that you're already working to improve upon these weaknesses.