June 18, 2018

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How to Answer Tough Interview Questions

Traditional interview questions are nerve-wracking enough to answer. When interviewers ask tough interview questions, you can be thrown off your game. 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 actual ones that have been asked during interviews.

Interviewers ask tough questions to test your demeanor. Sometimes it doesnít matter what your answer is. The interviewer will focus more on whether or not you keep your cool under pressure. This isnít to suggest that your responses shouldnít be coherent. Obviously you are accountable for everything you say during an interview. But no matter what you say, a negative tone in your voice and a defensive nonverbal stance sends a strong messageóone that doesnít work in your favor.

For example, if you are dynamic throughout the interview but your demeanor noticeably changes when asked tough yet reasonable questions, the hiring manager may interpret that as a lack of self-confidence or that you arenít able to withstand constructive feedback. Interviewers will overlook many indiscretions, but not candidates who demonstrate they donít believe in themselves or are easily tripped up.

- Linda Matias

Certified in all three areas of the job search-Certified Interview Coach (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)-Linda Matias is qualified to assist you in your career transition, whether it be a complete career makeover, interview preparation, or resume assistance. She is the author of two books Ė 201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions and How to Say It: Job Interviews. Both can be found at or your local bookstore. Visit her website at

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