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How to Answer Difficult Interview Questions

Traditional interview questions can sometimes be challenging to answer. When interviewers ask tough interview questions, you can appear confused or inarticulate. To prepare for these potential curveballs, you should be aware of example questions that may come your way. Being privy to potential interview questions and how to answer each will help you prepare for what otherwise can be an uncomfortable situation. 
 
The questions below are examples of what you may encounter during an interview.
 
You lack experience the experience we’re seeking, and we don’t have time to train you. With that in mind, why should we hire you over another candidate who fits the job description perfectly?
The interviewer is looking for you to demonstrate that you are a self-starter. This question is also an opportunity for you to highlight times you hit the ground running with little or no training.
 
You’ve been unemployed for a long time. How are you keeping your skills from turning stale?
If you are keeping your skills up-to-date while you are unemployed, this is an easy question to answer. However, if you aren’t, your answer can blow the interview. To avoid leaving a negative impression, enroll in a class or volunteer in an organization that will utilize your skill set (or at least mention that you were just looking through the offerings at your local college or professional organization for a chance to upgrade your skills.)
 
I’m not comfortable offering you the position because you are a job hopper. How do I know you won’tleave this position within a year?
This question shouldn’t be a surprise since your resume reflects short terms of service in several positions.. Although the interviewer knows about your work history, he/she invited you in for an interview anyway. This is a good sign that the interviewer is open to listening to your explanation. Simply answer the question honestly and without getting defensive.
 
You are over qualified for this job. How do I know that you won’t leave as soon as a better opportunity arises?
Many companies will interview employees who possess qualifications that exceed the requirements they seek since they hope the candidate can easily assume more responsibility. You should explain that you are seeking an opportunity with a Company that provides stability and an opportunity for growth. If the Company perceives you as “overqualified” then perhaps when an opportunity for a promotion becomes available, you’ll be one of the top candidates for consideration.
 
Conclusion
Interviewers ask tough questions to test your demeanor. Sometimes the way you answer the questions will reflect how you will handle work challenges and resolve problems. The interviewer will focus more on whether or not you keep your cool under pressure. Nevertheless, you should present answers which are intelligent, and reflect a mature, professional demeanor. No matter what you say, a negative tone in your voice and a defensive nonverbal stance sends a strong message—one that will not work in your favor.
 
For example, if you are dynamic throughout the interview but your attitude noticeably changes when asked tough yet reasonable questions, the hiring manager may interpret that as a lack of self-confidence, inability to remain calm under pressure, or that you aren’t able to withstand constructive feedback.  Interviewers will overlook many indiscretions, but not candidates who don’t demonstrate confidence and resourcefulness.

Author Linda Matias is a certified Interview Coach (CIC) and Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).