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Would you get the job? Try this interview quiz

By Courtney Jones

Would you get the job?

Job interviews shouldn't feel like interrogations, but it's easy to feel nervous in the hot seat. Find out how cool you can stay under pressure. Would you answer these 8 tough questions correct to get the job?

Question 1: "Tell me about yourself"

Begin by describing what you wanted to be when you grew up, then include your high school aspirations, followed by your college career and details of your first job. End with why you're there today.

Reply with, "Well, what would you like to know?"

Begin with your post-secondary education, work history that relates to the position and most recent career experience. End with why you are currently seeking a new opportunity.

Question 2: "What's your biggest weakness?"

Take a secret strength and disguise it as a weakness. "Oh, I'm SUCH a perfectionist!"

Name an actual weakness you need to improve upon and the steps you've taken to do so.

Demonstrate that you have no weaknesses and reiterate the value of your strengths.

Question 3: "There seems to be a gap in your work history. Why is that?”

Demonstrate how you've honed your skills during your time off. Talk about any freelancing, volunteer work our courses you've taken that relate to the position.

Explain that you wanted to take time off to decide what you really wanted to do with your career, which lead you there today.

Discuss personal issues that required you to take time away.

Question 4: “Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co-worker or manager and how it was resolved…”

Explain the issue succinctly and the specific action you took.

Explain how a co-worker didn't hit a deadline, which made you pick up the slack to get the job done. (Demonstrating that you're not afraid to pull more than your own weight.)

Explain that you're a team player, and you don't believe in conflict in the workplace.

Question 5: “Why are you looking for a new position?”

Explain that the current company culture is not in line with your personal beliefs.

Explain how you don't believe in the way your boss or manager runs your department and you need a change.

Reiterate that it’s been a great learning experience but that there isn’t room for anymore growth or advancement within the company, and you want to tackle new challenges and develop your skill sets.

Question 6: “How would you explain a complex database to your 10-year old nephew?”

You wouldn't. What does a 10-year-old need with a CRM?

You would practice your answer in both technical and laymen's terms to become familiar with the jargon and data before beginning your explanation.

You would provide your nephew with graphs or charts detailing the instructions and explain in laymen's terms what they mean.

Question 7: “What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?”

Align your answer with the values of the company and explain the outcome of being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Respond that you don't believe in taking risks unless you are sure of a positive outcome.

You don't take risks.

Question 8: “Why should we hire you?”

Passionately describe the company culture and how you would fit right in.

State that you are the best fit simply because no other candidate will do a better job.

Identify your own experience from your past positions that directly relate and how you demonstrated those skills as value drivers

You may want to brush up on your skills...

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by Courtney Jones

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