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Negative or Tough Job Interview Questions

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In this post, we talk about the “classic tough interview questions“, and provide you some useful answering strategies. You will now review some of the most common ones that tend to give people difficulty.

  • You may recognize some of the classic tough interview questions such as:
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What would you say your weaknesses are?
  • Tell me about a situation when you made a mistake?
  • What salary are you expecting?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Describe a time when your work was criticized?
  • Tell me about a situation when you made a mistake?
  • Why did you leave your previous position or want to leave your current job?

Often, these questions are the ones that ask you about something negative in your work history. For this reason, they are sometimes called “negative” questions.

Negative questions have one purpose; to put pressure on you. If the job involves potentially stressful situations, negative questions allow the interviewer to observe how you handle pressure.

 

How to Answer Negative Job Interview Questions

  • Supposed you were asked about a time when you made a mistake.   How should you answer?
  • Answer honestly and do not lay blame or make excuses.
  • Explain exactly what happened, talk about what you learned and what you would do in the future if faced with the same situation again.
  • Do not make excuses or blame others and list the lessons learned and the preventative measures implemented.  That is measures, procedures, etc implemented to prevent the same mistake from re-occurring.

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