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How Should You Answer The 6 Toughest Interview Questions? Part 3

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In this 3 part article series I will be showing you how to answer the top six toughest interview questions! Deliver perfect interview answers that make you stand out and get hired!

5) What are your strong points?

This is a commonly asked question in job interviews for all levels of positions in all industries.

Even when this question is not asked at the interview, you must be able to answer it in order to land the job. After all, from the employer’s perspective, the main point of a job interview is to understand what you could do for the organization and why they should hire you instead of someone else. It’s all about competition, who’s the better candidate!

You must be prepared to talk about your strengths. Many candidates don’t do it well, so there is an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd if you can speak about your strengths in a compelling way.

According to “It’s important to take the time to identify your strengths and PRACTICE talking about them in advance. That way, you’ll be ready when you walk into that interview for your dream job. You can start by identifying/confirming what your greatest strengths are:”

1. Brainstorm. Sit down and make a list of your top strengths — aim for at least 10 and be creative. Banish your modest internal editor to another room. Jot down everything that comes to mind. You can delete later if you like.

2. Focus. Narrow your list down to least five strengths that you are comfortable discussing (or could get comfortable discussing with a little bit of practice). The more, the better. You may not talk about all of these strengths in every interview, but it’s good to have options.

3. Prepare Examples. Develop at least one example or Interview Story to illustrate each of your strengths. If you’re not sure how to go about crafting compelling stories and examples from your previous experience,

Important reminders 

1. Be accurate. Choose strengths that you actually possess. for example: Ultimate Conversationalist

2. Be relevant. You should take the time to analyze the job description and identify the most important strengths for each opportunity.

3. Be very specific. Choose specific strengths. Instead of “people skills” (too broad and boring), go with “relationship building” or “persuasive communication.

4. Don’t be too humble.  Avoid “weak praise” and lame strengths. Pick something impressive. Don’t go with “pleasant to work with” as your main selling point.

5. Be prepared to demonstrate the evidence. Have  concise examples ready to back each strength up. Be careful about rambling on too long here. Your answer should still be 1-2 minutes long.


6) Where do you see yourself in three to five years?

The interviewer wants to understand more about your career goals and how this position would fit into your grand plan. They care about your career goals (believe it or not) because they want to hire someone who is motivated, proactive, and likely to stick around and work hard if hired. And this is exactly what you want and need to project to immediately stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Career Expert and best-selling author Nicole Williams gave great answers when asked this other difficult question:

 The worst answer you can provide to this one is “I have no idea.”

Even though that might be the truth. “It’s basically like saying, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing with my life and I have no idea how long I’ll stay with this job.” Instead you should say something like:

“I’ve done a lot of self-assessment, and what I’ve learned about myself is that I want to make a commitment to this career and I want to build my career here.”

So what should you say?

1) Stress all your interest in a long-term career at the company. Financial Advisor Steven Patzer said “Your interviewer wants to know that you’re ready to settle in and grow with the firm.” The truth is that anything can happen. The company could go out of business, they could lay you off, or you could be bought from a bigger corporation.

However, remember that the organization is going to be investing considerable time, energy, and money in hiring and training someone for this job. You must at least show an honest intention to stay long enough to be a good investment. If you have some “job hopping” on your resume, it’s particularly important to make the case that you’re now ready for a long-term role.

2) Please show your enthusiasm for the job as an exciting next step for you. Most importantly, make it clear that you are motivated to take on this opportunity right now.

Do these steps and you’ll be on the right path as an ultimate conversationalist and answer the toughest interview questions.


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