Consumer Watch: Answering the toughest interview questions
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Employers are looking for workers with skills that set them apart from the crowd. This includes things like thinking on your feet and looking for people who can be trusted to properly represent an organization on all levels.
Getting your foot in the door is a major step when looking for a new job, but nailing the interview is tougher than ever. Even if you think you're comfortable around people, a job interview isn't the time to "wing it." A simple Google search will set you apart. Interviewers will be impressed if you know company history and are familiar with company culture.
“It shows your investment in the organization, that you know their history, you know the position, and the people that are there, “says Kirstin Krug, OCCC Professional Development Institute account executive.
Tough question one:
- Why do you want to work here?
“Going into an interview, and saying I am only applying to this job because I am interested in the benefits-- that isn't going to excite an employer,” says Krug.
Instead talk about how your personality or work ethic would work well with the company culture.
Tough question two:
- What are you biggest weaknesses?
Saying "I’m a perfectionist" or "I work too hard" are tired answers.
“When you talk about your weaknesses with a potential employer, you will want to also let them know how you are working to improve those,” says Krug.
Do avoid saying things like-- "I tend to be late." Small personal weaknesses like this are red flags to an employer, instead talk about a professional problem and how you solved it to succeed.
Tough question number three:
- Behavioral questions.
Employers will ask you about how you would react in situations to see if you can be professional and think on your feet. Take your time with these because they are meant to test your judgement.
At the end of many interviews, you'll likely be asked, "Do you have any questions?" A good one to ask it, “Why do you think people enjoy working here?” This will give you a different look at company culture and priorities.
Hiring experts say it is also a turn off if you ask about pay too early in the interview process. Many jobs have two or three part interviews, so avoid asking that question in the first round.