Tricky interview questions
The best way to keep interview nerves at bay is to be well prepared. Everybody dreads being caught out by a tricky interview question, so we’ve taken the fear out of the process by compiling a comprehensive list, along with advice on how to answer each one. From ‘What is your biggest weakness?’ to ‘How do you manage your time?’, check out our suggestions on how to respond and what you should avoid saying at all costs. You’ll find that even the most challenging interview question can be turned to your advantage.
Here's an overview of all our guidance on how to tackle specific tricky interview questions that you might come up against in your graduate job interviews.
Avoid predictable answers by thinking ahead about achievements that are uniquely significant to you.
Find out how to crack interview questions about your time management techniques and the kind of examples you might give in your answer.
Want to know how to talk about what you could bring to a graduate job? Find out how to answer with confidence.
When interviewers ask this they don't just want to know how ambitious you are. Find out about the response they are really looking for.
Pick up tips on how to avoid the trap of being rude about your old boss and give a positive answer to questions about any negative experiences you may have had at work.
What do employers really want when they ask you questions about your ability to think laterally? Find out how this is connected with your creativity, use of initiative and problem solving skills.
Usually followed by ‘…and how did you deal with it?’, this question can throw an interviewee who is all geared up to talk about the positives.
This type of question can throw you if you haven't thought about it in advance, especially as you may struggle to think of an example. However, you can turn it to your advantage.
You are particularly likely to be asked about your motivation in a strengths-based interview. Find out what recruiters want to hear in your answer.
This classic tricky interview question appears to be asking you to reveal your shortcomings, but if you use the right tactics it can be a golden opportunity to show that you're right for the job.
Here's how to give examples of your initiative in an interview situation. You'll need to show you are capable of coming up with new ideas and thinking creatively in order to solve problems.