How to Answer “Why SHOULDN’T We Hire You?” and More Tough Questions

Tough interview questions are designed to provide an insight into how you think and how you might fit into a company’s organizational structure and culture. They’re not easy to answer — do it right, however, and you’ll make a lasting impression on the interviewer and be that much closer to securing the job.

“Why Shouldn’t We Hire You?”

This question can truly throw job candidates for a loop — it can be difficult to answer without lowering your chances of getting the job. Plus, you can’t simply say there is no reason not to hire you because that’s not what the interviewer wants to hear.

You have a couple of options. First, you can talk about a minor flaw that won’t necessarily affect your job performance. For instance: “Sometimes I am too particular, and spend a bit too long going over numbers when I should just trust my own judgment.” A better option is to frame your “flaw” as an advantage, in this fashion: “You shouldn’t hire me if your customers don’t care about their individual experience, because I’m here to serve each and every customer on a personal level.”

“How Do You Handle Stress?”

Let’s face it, no one handles stress perfectly, and you can’t exactly tell the interviewer that you tense up and want to hide in the supply closet. Your best bet is to run through your ideal process for handling a stressful situation: remaining calm, thinking about the solutions at hand, and choosing the best one. It’s also fine to say that you ask for help when needed; this shows the interviewer you’re a team player.

“Why Are You Leaving Your Current Position?”

It’s easy to start bashing your previous or current employer when asked this question, but it’s a no-no when it comes to interviewing. Telling the interviewer you didn’t like your previous job or you’re looking for a pay raise signals you’re only in it for yourself — you want to position yourself as looking for a better opportunity to grow and contribute, and you want to do it with their company.

“What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”

No one likes talking about their weaknesses, but you can answer this question in a way that frames you in a positive light. First of all, be honest; don’t claim a positive trait as a weakness. Try something like: “I think my time-management skills could be better … I’ve started using a day-planner this year to keep myself on track.”

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