Interview:Easy solutions to tough questions (2019 Update)

The below are some of the most tricky and awkward interview questions that are tough to tackle and we have to be very cautious in tackling the questions.Most of these tricky questions are spontaneous and want to purposely throw you off your comfort zone and test your presence of mind or ability to handle ad hoc situations.These Questions evaluate and bring out the best qualities in a person which a conventional interview cannot bring out .So do not forget there is no fixed or single answer to these questions we have just tried our best to give a perspective and types of questions that can be thrown at you.!!

    Tough Questions in an Interview
  1. What are your weaknesses?
  2. During the interview,you win a lottery.What would you do?
  3. Things to change about yourself
  4. Can you tell us what qualities that you would not like to take from your previous boss?
  5. Why was there a gap in your employment ?
  6. List some of your unique qualities
  7. Can you talk about your last failure

Interview with tough questions to crack

What are your weaknesses?

Interviewers want to assess your character with this question by asking you to list your own weaknesses. Also, check whether you have any flaws that will hinder the discharge of your duties in case you are hired. It's also a good way for them to see how you deal with your weaknesses.

Don't pick any weakness that is a fundamental flaw in your personality as an answer. Instead, choose those that are significant but not enough to lead the interviewers to form a negative opinion of you. State your weaknesses and proceed to explain how you've been working to address them. Or you could choose a weakness that is not directly relevant to the job profile you are interviewing for.

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If you are interviewing for the post of an accountant, it is okay to say that your language skills are not very good. Though they do not hamper the discharge of your duties in any significant manner, add that you are working to address this weakness because you realize that good language skills are necessary at work.

You know – on hindsight – you need not disclose any of your weaknesses. It is for the interviewer to identify and attack you in case he finds any.let him do his job and you your side of answering confidently and clearly.

You can come up with answers like I have not come across any weaknesses that are significant in hindering my capability of working and delivering my best for the organization.You can also say that in case if any of my colleagues would like to point out then I would be glad to work on my minor flaws.

One more approach to this question about your weakness, is to disguise your strengths as weaknesses and pitch them to the interviewer.You can say that you are a perfectionist and that you always try to give more than 100% which may sometimes be a problem as it may increase the workload.

Adding to the above approach of disguising your strengths as your weaknesses.You can say about how you like to take control of things and do things the right way and give 100% to the work that you are doing. This has always been your way of doing work.This was helping you in junior level of the corporate structure.As you kept going higher up the corporate ladder you had a tough time in delegating tasks to individuals.You can say that this action may be for a greater good of higher quality of deliverable but it leads to re work and reduction in efficiency.

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During the interview,you win a lottery.What would you do?

  • The objective of this question is to assess how serious the candidate is about seeking employment with the company or for that matter – purpose of seeking employment – money or passion.
  • What you say will tell the interviewer how important for you to work in an organization rather than whiling away time and money.
  • You could answer after a real brief pause.......”mmmmmmmm. Now that I am a millionaire, I need not work – is that right? Please give me a minute to explain. I know this money was coming – only when was the question. Now that it has come, I am relaxed and more focused to work, contribute my mite to the organization that I work for and grow. The property gives me relief and I feel secure but don't have the professional satisfaction. In fact I would put in a request to you Sir. Please do consider me as one more new comer and train me to be better and ignore the news that came by." If this response does not floor somebody, which one will???

Please tell us 3 things that you would change in you to be more effective with us?


Things to change about yourself

The hidden meaning is like “weakness”. interviewer wants to know about your career goals and where this position figures in it. Hiring a new employee is costly, so he/she wants to be sure you are coming on board for the long haul. Your answer will also tell the interviewer how realistic you are with regard to career prospects.

You are naturally coming to the interview for a better salary, position and quality of responsibility.

The first salvo is to tell them that since you were working in a team earlier and now going to be a team lead (or whatever higher position)..... you will take the entire team with you and not side with somebody as would have been the case earlier as the circumstances warranted it there.

The second one will be more serious in that you would be humble and open and sincere to new learning. In the earlier stint, you would have been an expert in the assignment and the Organization at times you would have felt complacent as if you knew everything...

The third one will be the clincher: Barring my main skills and knowledge in terms of technology, current trend and people skill, would get to the process of “unlearning” so fast to enable my new assignment fill in the space cleared by that action. I fully appreciate and understand that core area may be the same but the people and process will still be different for me to get acclimatize and start contributing faster. In case my erstwhile thing lingers longer, I will take more time to adapt and act.

Can you tell us what qualities that you would not like to take from your previous boss?

The interviewer is likely to ask this question to make you feel awkward. Think before saying something in a hurry. so prepare for it. The answer will tell him several things about your attitude and sense of maturity and judgment

This question is to be handled very carefully because there may be a lot of reasons why you may or may not like your boss.Make sure that the emotional aspect of your answer does not show up in the answers.In some cases candidates make get personal and tell some things about their boss and his partial attitude(or similar qualities).This will reflect very badly on part of the candidate because a person who can bad mouth his ex boss can bad mouth his current boss also.

My boss was really great .He was very knowledgeable in his domain and strict when it came to deliverables. In fact if I was in his position, I would not like to change anything in me. But yes one or two things can still be different.

He appreciates the good workers and leaves out the rest of the team members when a project is complete. It makes some workers sad, though I would not call it intentional. I will ensure the entire team is appreciated and give something more in private to the super dupers in my team.

At times, he would talk about the negatives of an individual with others when he is not around. I would desist from this practice.

Like I said, I have learnt a lot from him and as confessed, I would not in his place change anything so far as it has not harmed the Organization.

The above has not demeaned your boss nor has it let you “un-answer” a difficult poser.

Why was there a gap in your employment ?

A career gap can be anything ranging from a couple of months to may be an year.

A career gap of two or more months requires an explanation. It's wise to stick with the truth. If you were fired, you ought to have a good explanation that doesn't veer very far from the truth, but does not paint you in bad light either. If you had to leave, you will have to explain why things got so bad that you had to resign without finding another job.

In any case, highlight what you've done in the interim like freelancing, consulting or volunteering. This will tell the interviewer that you've been productive during this period and broadened your skill-base.

In case you left because of a conflict with your boss, say differences did not allow you to work well together. Don’t forget to add what you realized in hindsight to show how the incident has helped you grow. Never badmouth your boss; act mature and accept the fact that both of you were responsible for the situation spinning out of control.

In case there was an opportunity please try to take up certification courses during career gap so as to shield yourself in future.This will only work when people take planned career gaps to pursue something they like.Make sure that this gap does cause problems in future so for backup do some certifications that will help justify the career gaps.

What can you offer us that someone else cannot


List some of your unique qualities

This is an extension of the earlier question on your strengths. If the interviewer has already asked you about your strengths, then asking this question means he/she would like an answer that is more specific to your job. A variant of this question could be, "Why should we hire you?" The answer will help the interviewer compare what you bring to the table vis-a-vis the others.

You could say, "I have eye for details though it can be annoying for others. This trait of mine has saved several situations from turning into disasters in the past for my current employer. In fact he would not expect me to apply to any other Organization and would be shocked when I submit my resignation (note when and not if). Then why- I have served them is that well and I have grown to the highest level in the corporate ladder .But hereafter it will be vertical since the higher positions are for their family (it is not any secret). They are very clear and so am I. For my personal growth and self actualization I have to leave organization.

But must have one or two items that you pointed out to your boss – like omitting a particular cost aspect in a tender - or an alternative of a product which has become unavailable or notice a flaw in a letter being sent to an important client or Government – avoiding embarrassments is the crux here.

To show your unique skills,You can talk about some innovative processes put in place by you to make the organization function effectively.

Can you talk about your last failure

Interviewer wants to know how your organization was effected and more particularly how you have taken this turn of events seriously or not and if there any new learnings for you.

Do not say anything like “ha.. we do not have any failures. You are aware that all our projects are successful and that the whole industry is appreciating us..

you can talk about some challenging project undertaken by your organization and the failure to deliver it.The best part of talking about failures would be to talk about the precious learnings acquired during the process.This way you focus only on the positives of the negative outcome.