Some questions in a job interview are more difficult to answer than others, so it is best to prepare yourself for the interview beforehand. Here are some uniquely difficult questions that could be asked depending on the nature of the job, your skills and your background:
Technically, there are no right or wrong answers here; what you have to do is to answer based on the job description, the culture of the company and your strengths.
Difficult Interview Questions
Questions About Co-Workers and Supervisors
Be sure to have only positive comments when asked about your former colleagues and managers. They are trying to ascertain whether you can work in a team. Try not to use negative comments at all.
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn’t doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the result? Tell me about a time when you shared a co-worker’s achievements with him and others.
Tell me about a time that you and your supervisor didn’t get along well, what was the result and what do you think you would do now, to bring about a different outcome?
Have you worked with someone you didn’t like? If so, how did you handle it?
Tell me about a time that you misjudged a person.
How do you relate with older co-workers?
Questions About Your Abilities
An interviewer will review your abilities and use it to decide whether or not your abilities would be useful in the job being advertised. Be sure to think about those instances that lean towards positive results.
Tell me about a decision you made and it failed. What happened and why do you think it failed?
Tell me about a time that you had to get technical information across to a non-technical audience.
Tell me about a time that you worked interpreting and presenting data.
Why do you think this job will be a successful one for you?
Tell me about a time you did team work what role did you play and how well do you think you performed your role?
Tell me about a time when you were faced with conflicting priorities. How did you pick the one that was the top priority?
Tell me about a time when you failed.
Questions About You
Personal questions will be asked but in relation to the job and to you as a professional. So be ready for them.
If you could start your work life all over, what would you change?
How do you balance life and work?
How do you prefer to communicate – instant message, phone, or email?
Do you check your voicemail and email when on vacation?
What historical figure do you admire and why?
If you could be any animal on a carousel which would you pick and why?
How did you get to this point in your life?
Do you measure yourself as being successful?
What inspires you in a job?
What are your high points about this position and what do you think would be too stressful for you?
Which people influence your life?
Questions About Your Career Goals
Questions about career goals require you to say your aims for the future, also talk about your interest in growing and learning if granted opportunity.
Start with career moves you’ve made since graduation from college and explain why you made those moves. Talk about your thoughts towards making the decisions.
If you remain in your current company, what would you do next?
What is your yardstick for measuring success?
Describe your dream job.
Describe a job that you think would be the worst for you.
As the CEO of this company what are the two main things that you would do?
Questions About Working With Other People
Maintaining a good relationship with your co-workers is very vital because it directly has an effect on the work environment. You will be asked questions to know how well you work with people.
In what ways have you been able to motivate your juniors to improve their performance?
Are you good at leading group discussions in a way that blends together different views and draws consensus?
How do you create a good relationship with clients and determine which products and services they like most?
Are you an active and emphatic listener who encourages clients to share their feelings and problems?
Have you created and delivered training sessions which engage the audience in active learning?
How would you break the news to an employee who is about to be fired?
Tell me about a time when you had to settle conflicts between employees or with clients.
Can you patiently and creatively solve customers complaints?
More Difficult (and Some Strange) Questions
Are you a risk taker?
If you were an animal what would you be?
If you were a fruit what would you be?
Spiritually speaking, what’s your take on divorce?
We unplugged that clock on the wall. Why did we do that?
Which of these animals best describe you and why… a chameleon, a wolf, or an owl?
Where does your current employer think you are today?
Which book did you read recently?
What would you bring to a potluck lunch?
Be fully prepared so you are not caught off guard by any curveballs that your interviewer decides to throw your way. Most interviews are composed of regular questions but some are focused on keeping you on your toes so you need to be ready to think fast.