Top 8 tough interview questions


If you did not have to work, what would you do?

By asking this question, the recruiter wants to get to know you a little bit better.

First of all, he is trying to find out if you really like what you do or if you only do it because you do not have a choice. It’s really important that you show your enthusiasm and explain what you like about your job and why you would keep working even if you didn’t have to.

Second of all, he is giving you a chance to get noticed and tell him more about your hobbies or your passion. If you have one, talk about it and what you would do if you had more time. Try as much as possible to link it to work such as working part time to free some time for this activity.

You can also say that you would take some time off to do some things you’ve wanted to do for some time such as travelling to broaden your horizons or taking a class to strengthen your skills for instance.


If you won the lottery today what would you do with the money?

The employer is trying to better understand your personality and your positive traits such as empathy, responsibility, ambition, generosity etc. Take a few seconds to think about it and do not rush to answer.

Here are a few ideas: investing or placing a part of it, going travelling, sharing it with your family or your friends, giving a part of it to charity, creating your own business.




Which quality would you like to have that you don’t?

Think carefully about this question! You can’t answer a quality that is essential to the role. It is not recommended to say that you are perfect the way you are either. We all have weaknesses and you will show wisdom by admitting yours. Try to think of a quality you appreciate about people you spend time with. We advise you to go for a small detail instead of a main trait of character. Justify your choice by explaining what this quality means to you.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

The recruiter wants to know if you see a real future in the company and what your ambitions are. Be coherent and realistic. Tell him about your career goals and how you would reach them by being part of the firm. It might be the right moment to ask him a few precisions about the career opportunities the employer can offer. You can also talk about your objectives in life as it shows you have a good balance between your professional and your personal life.


Why did you change jobs so often?

If you did so because of your boss or your colleagues, do not bitch about them! You can say that you hadn’t found yet the company where you were fulfilled as a professional. Explain to the recruiter why you think this role is the right one for you.

This is important you reassure him by showing him this position matches your expectations. Employers don’t want to hire someone who will leave in a few months.


Why do you want to leave your current employer?

Be careful about what you say and stay professional. Recruiters don’t like candidates who talk bad about their past and current employers. It is best not to mention the things you don’t like about the company to focus on the professional side of your career move. This is a good time to talk about your career goals and explain why the role you are being interviewed for would enable you to get closer to them. You can also mention the company values or what they do and tell them why it matches your personality. Nowadays, firms like to employ staff who share their vision and fit in their culture.


Don’t you think you are too junior for a role with these responsibilities?

The number of years you’ve been working is not necessarily the best way to judge your capacities. If they are interviewing you, it is because they think you could be a match and they just want to make sure you have the shoulders for the job. Be confident and demonstrate why you are the right person for this role. Emphasize on the personality traits, skills and knowledge that would enable you to bring success to the projects you will carry out. You can temper this by saying that there is always a learning curve and that is what makes a job interesting. The resolve to get better and learn more will drive your work.


Why do you have a gap in your CV?

First of all, do not lie! They will probably end up knowing the truth anyway so you had better go for the real reason. If it is because you couldn’t find a job, just say it. If you’ve been doing other things to keep you busy in the meantime such as volunteering or working on a project, tell them about it and explain what you gained from it. Adopt the same approach if you took a sabbatical year to travel. Why did you want to go travelling and what did you obtain from this experience?

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