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The toughest interview questions?


How to appropriately answer these interview questions? Here are the hints for your preparation.

When you encounter interview questions related to reasons for leaving, how should you answer?

1. Reason for joining is not the reason for leaving
Being hired by another company is not a sound reason for leaving, it only shows that you are hiding the truth.

2. Objectivity vs subjectivity
Subjective judgement is usually emotion-driven which projects an unprofessional image to the interviewer. To stay professional you should focus in objective matters such as industry prospect.

3. Avoid complaining of difficulties of your previous roles
Complaining of difficulties would be a sign of incapability. Even without quantifiable achievements to share with the interviewers, you can always share how you have made a difference to the work progress of the team with you effort and contribution.


How to answer “Why should we hire you”?

1. Showcase your capabilities and transferrable skills sets relevant to the applied role
Interviewers are always looking for candidates with suitable skills sets which add immediate value to the team. To stay ahead of competitions, you show review the requirements in job description and highlight your transferrable skills sets by presenting both quantitative (e.g. sales target percentage hit) and qualitative (e.g. a specific case) support.

2. Personality and motivation are as important as skills sets, if not more.
Focus on your unique personal traits which shapes you like no other and stand out from the crowd. Prove your career determination by illustrating how the responsibilities of the role trigger your motivation.

3. Show how you can fit in to the company culture
If you find yourself fitting in to the company’s culture, share with the interviewers your perception in the chemistry with the team and how well you can get along with their culture.


“Have you learned from your mistakes?” “I…”

1. Acknowledge and admit the mistakes you have made in the past
Admitting mistakes is a sign of courage and more importantly it shows your capability in self-reflection.

2. Show your lesson learnt
Interviewers are interested in knowing your lesson learnt and what you have done so far to turn around the mistake.

3. Action speaks louder than words
Giving examples is the best way of elaboration. You can share 1-2 concrete examples of your previous experience of committing mistake and turning it around.