A couple of years ago, my idea of a job interview was being in front of a hard, unsmiling panel and having extremely difficult questions thrown at me, like rocks. However, when I got invited for my first interview, I realized this is not always the case.
A job interview does not have to be tense. In fact, you may find yourself with a very friendly panel, who will go all out to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
However, irrespective of the size and manner of the panel you are faced with, what is required of you is confidence and of course, the appropriate answers to every question you are asked. This part is what’s tricky.
So, in this post, we’d be looking at the simple ways to answer 5 tricky questions you are likely to get in your job interview.
1. Tell Me About Yourself.
This question seems very straightforward. Usually, the first you’d be asked in an interview. However, it is tricky because though it sounds like an invitation to tell your life story, it is not.
When asked the ‘tell me about yourself’ question, what the hiring panel is actually asking you is to tell them about yourself, as it pertains to the position you are applying for.
With this in mind, you should not begin to share generic information about yourself, your family or how many siblings you have. Rather, you could start with your name, academic qualifications, present skills and strengths, previous experiences as well as future professional aspirations. You should also feel free to ask the interviewers for clarifications, just in case there are specific information they’d like to hear about.
Question: Tell us little about yourself.
Wrong Answer: Hmmn, where do I start? My name is Oluwaseun. I was born in the late 80s and currently married with 6 kids. …
Right Answer: My name is Oluwaseun, a second-year master’s student of marketing communications at the Lagos Business School. Prior to pursing this degree, I worked with the marketing and communications department at Shell, where I developed and honed my skills in copywriting and digital marketing. This experience really piqued my interest in this field and I look forward to an opportunity to learn more and contribute to your marketing communications department…
2. Where do you See Yourself in Five Years?
This question is tricky because you might be tempted to say everything you see yourself doing in five years and completely miss the mark. Like the first question, your answer should be much more professional than personal. What the hiring panel really wants to know is if you are going to stick with them and if you are worth the investment of training.
To answer this question, you could tell them how you think the job will provide you with so many opportunities, such that in 5 years, you’d be in a particular position within the organisation. You can also explain what value you hope to have added as well as how you could also have improved yourself professionally in that time.
Take this for instance:
Question: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Wrong Answer: In five years, I’d be a millionaire, enjoying life. I’d have built a house and would probably be the CEO of this company …
Right answer: In five years, I hope to have acquired a lot of knowledge in marketing communications, as well as contributed immensely to the growth of my department and the company. I’m also looking forward to eventually taking on additional managerial responsibilities and possibly taking the lead on some projects…
3. What is your Greatest Weakness?
Like the first two, this question is also very tricky because you might be tempted to give personal, instead of professional answers.
When asked this question, what interviewers actually want to know is if or not you are consciously aware of the areas you could improve on. Your weakness does not have to be present. It could be something that you’ve already worked on, but say it anyway. I’d advise that you think about this question before the interview, so you don’t give a generic answer or be at a loss of what to say. No one would believe you if you say you have no weakness.
To answer this question, start by mentioning the weakness, how it poses a problem to your work or career and how you’ve started to work on improving.
Take this for instance:
Question: What is your greatest weakness?
Wrong answer: Hmmm, my greatest weakness is to sleep. I could sleep all day…
Right answer: I used to have to have a problem with time management and this affected me every time I tried to multitask. Currently, I’m working on this through the use of certain time management tools.
4. What did you Hate About your Last Job?
This question is tricky because you might be tempted to spill all the beans about why you hated your boss, the work, the timing – all of it! This is wrong, because as Kachi Tila-Adesina puts it, the interviewers might already begin to picture you sitting elsewhere and literally dragging their name and their organization in the mud as well.’
To answer this question, start by saying how beneficial the job was, before going to state one or two things you could have changed, if given the opportunity. Also, explain why you think the role you are now applying for is a better fit.
If you did not hate your last job, you can say so. This response can also be adapted, just in case you are asked why you are leaving your current position.
Take this for instance:
Question: What did you hate about your last job?
Wrong answer: Ooh, my boss! I hated my boss! …
Right answer: Well, my last job did offer me an opportunity to learn and grow in my career. However, I think it would have been better if such opportunity was granted in a less hostile work environment… I believe that working here would not just give me a better opportunity to grow, but also a conducive and comfortable work environment, which is very important to growth.
5. How much are you looking to be paid?
Now, this question is tricky because well, money is involved and while you don’t want to short-change yourself, you wouldn’t want to price yourself out of range either!
I know money is very important but when asked this question, don’t jump at the opportunity to scream ‘one million Naira!’ Instead, you should have done your research on the organization you are coming into and how much is standard for the role you are applying for.
If you are aware of how much the company really wants to hire you, say because of your expertise and skills, you can negotiate your salary right there. However, if this is not the case, you’ll need to fall back on the information you’ve gathered on what the going rate is, for the position you’re being interviewed for. In the worst case scenarios, you can request to know more about the role’s responsibilities and benefits packages. You should also mention how you are willing to discuss further when the time is right.
Take this for instance:
Question: How much are you looking to be paid?
Wrong answer: I can’t take anything less than ‘One million naira’!
Right answer: That’s a fair question. To answer it properly, I’d need to know more about the role’s responsibilities and benefits package. I am quite confident that knowing the reputation of the company, when the time comes, any offer you make will be competitive.”
Read also: 8 Insightful Questions Only the Smartest Candidates ask in a Job Interview
There you have it, the simple ways to answer tricky questions in your next job interview. Of course, there are quite a lot more tricky questions than I’ve listed. And while researching for this post, I found a couple of materials on tricky interview questions, which I think you’ll also find helpful. I’ve labelled them material 1, material 2, material 3 and material 4, respectively.
Finally, if you have any questions concerning job search, preparing for an interview or anything career-related, do feel free to ask.
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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has vowed never to bring a selfish player to the club.
Conte was reacting to suggestions that Eden Hazard could reach Lionel Messi’s level, if he becomes more selfish on the pitch. But the Italian insists he would rather lose a game than have such player in his squad.
Speaking in a news conference at Cobham on Monday, Conte also dismissed the idea that Messi plays selfishly.
“No, no, no, absolutely not,” Conte said when asked if Hazard should be more selfish.
“I don’t think that a player like Messi is a selfish player. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent into the team. If you do this, the team [increases] your talent.
“The best players in the world don’t exist without a team. For me, it’s sad to listen to this, that a player must ‘be more selfish’ to reach the top level. That’s very sad. It’s not my idea of football and I will never understand this. Never, never. In my team, I don’t want selfish players.
“I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player. For me, I don’t want this and I can’t accept this. I don’t want my club to buy me a selfish player one day. Never. No.”
Freedom Nyathi, a Zimbabwean, has been arrested and sent to jail for 8-months after he was found guilty of having sexual intercourse with a donkey.
Freedom was arraigned before the Zvishavane Magistrate Cocurt, where he was sentenced to 8-months imprisonment and was charged with ‘bestiality’.
During the court hearing, Prosecutor Shiela Mpindu told the court that on March 17, Nyathi, was caught abusing the donkey by a man.
He said the matter was then reported to the owner of the donkey who reported the matter to the police leading to Nyathi’s arrest. Guilty of the crime, Nyathi, 20, told the court that he was a married man with a pregnant wife and didn’t know what overcame him.
Zvishavane Magistrate Shepherd Munjanja who presided over case frown at his plea and sentenced him to 8months in Prison.
You can have the spark of an idea at any time of day. Whether you are driving, or watching movies, or speaking with your boss, an innovative blogging topic may hit you. But that does not ensure success. An innovative idea only has the proper implication when it perfectly merges with your business and/or brand proposition.
Always Let your blog serve your company goals.
2. Your writing style is very stiff.
Blog writing is not like book writing or research paper composition. At the initial stage, you may be very confused by the writing patterns. You must be aware of the fact that your blog is the solution to the problems that people are searching for online. If the writing style is very stiff, people cannot enjoy reading it.
3. You think people care about your idea.
I know this sounds rude, but it’s the truth. If you think that people are interested in what you have to say, you are wrong. Until you can create your brand, they don’t care about your content. Your readers only search for their queries, and they are only interested in the value they are earning.
So Reflect your personality in your writing.
4. Don’t write about broad topics.
At the beginning of your career as a business blogger, you may have chosen broad topics:
How To Make Money Online
How To Start Blogging
Social Media Best Practices
It’s going to be difficult for you to really dive deep into these topics, especially if you’re only starting out yourself. If you do not also cover the minute details, your content quality will be very diluted. Don’t choose broad content ideas for a business blog.
5. You are not using exact data.
If you need to make an argument, you’ll need context. The validity of your point must be more credible, and that cannot be possible without sufficient data.
People are using Instagram more nowadays. In the U.S., Instagram usage is supposed to grow 10.6% this year, compared to the 3.1% growth of the social network sector.
Data-driven contentis much more useful to root the trustworthiness of the points you discuss.
Therefore Use data and research to back up your argument.
To get reliable data, you must go through research papers and find out key data points to support your arguments. This data must be relevant to your content, and readers must be enriched by this data.
6. You are careless about plagiarism.
After the Panda update, thin or duplicate content has been penalized heavily. Plagiarism was never rewarded in school, and it won’t be rewarded for a business blog.
Many bloggers who imagine escaping with a copy/paste process don’t know that Google bots are highly alert. They will heavily penalize your blog and rank it down in the organic search engine listings.
So Learn to cite your sources.
Sometimes you have to refer to other content or stats to enrich the content’s logic in your business blog. You should learn how to cite content from another source on your site.
Things to do:
Quote the original author.
Give the credit for their idea.
Mention the source.
It is not at all super complicated. You just need to practice the process.
7. You forget to revise.
After writing a piece of content, most bloggers just publish it.No! You need to read it again.
Edit the content once more after writing.
After writing content, invest 30 minutes more in editing that content. It will clean your piece from grammatical and sentence construction errors. You must fix the typos and check the flow of the content.
What you need to check:
8. You are not consistent.
You perhaps already know that the more frequently you update your content, the more visits you will receive.
This consistency matters a lot. If you have updated five blogs in a week, the next week the number cannot go down to one or two. It will confuse your readers.
You must make writing your blog a consistent habit. You have to plan your content in advance by making sure it is consistent with your marketing strategy.
9. You are writing the wrong thing.
Bloggers, beginners or pros, are very conscious about traffic. After the initial spike that comes from publishing new content is over, many bloggers start to wonder why that traffic is not steady.
It is very natural for you to lose hope when you find that your old blog contentis not aggressive enough to draw in more traffic.
Focus on the cumulative potential of organic traffic.
Rather than focusing on the short-term traffic, you must focus on the potential organic traffic of the future. Your content selection must focus on evergree n content.
This will generate long-term traffic. This will help even out the spikes.
Learn from the mistakes of many business bloggers before you and start running your business blog with the right content, the right schedule, and the right attitude.
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