Module 4: My job interview

4. Challenging questions

What criticisms have you received in the past four years?

The interviewer is trying to understand whether the candidate can identify his weaknesses and show what he is doing to improve them. To answer, you must identify a “defect” that is real, but that will not create obstacles to your hiring. For example, you can say that they criticized you for being late, but that you have improved your punctuality and your colleagues have even praised you for that. Ideally, you should give two or three examples of criticism that are pointed out to you (and the way you are fighting them).  

Where would you like to be in three to five years? And how do you expect to get there?

The recruiter wants to see if he is ambitious and has plans for career advancement. It also seeks to understand what you plan to do to achieve your goals. Avoid vague answers, your answer must be well thought out and well structured. Defining objectives and ways to achieve them is the most correct way to answer the question.

How would you describe your ideal boss type or the one you would least like to work with?

The answer you give will help the recruiter understand if it suits the potential boss. It is best to respond with diplomacy: “I have worked with all types of people and can adapt to different styles. I can handle the pressure of a more controlling boss and the lack of guidance from a more relaxed boss. If I had to define an ideal profile, it would be that of a boss who gave me enough training and guidance to give me autonomy and make tight control over the quality of project execution unnecessary.

What tasks do you like to perform the most?

This is an indirect way of detecting weaknesses in the candidate. In the middle of his speech, the interviewer will be looking for "I'm not so good at ..." or "I don't like A very much ... I like doing B ..." more. Be careful not to show weaknesses when asked to talk about something positive. When answering, remember that by saying what you like to do, you are also revealing the opposite - what you like least to do. Think carefully about the answer before saying something that might harm you.

Do you think you give enough praise to others?

The psychological attitude towards compliments indicates interest and the ability to motivate. If he reveals that he often congratulates his colleagues for the good work, he is also revealing that he is a confident and confident worker of his worth. You can say that you love receiving compliments, so I love giving them too.

What would you do if you found out that a colleague was falsifying expense records?

The question aims to assess its ethical and moral sense. Saying "It doesn't concern me" demonstrates that you don't care about the company's interests and it's the right way to not be hired. The answers can be "would confront the person and persuaded him to correct the error" or "present a formal complaint".

What would you do if you were given three thousand euros to spend during the first year in the new company?

If you do not answer something related to the work, you will show that you are not 100% dedicated to helping the company grow. If you answer something that doesn't benefit you, it sounds dishonest. The suggestion may be, training”, since you are enjoying the money for yourself but also benefiting the company.

Give three examples of situations where you were unsuccessful and why?

The objectives of this question are to understand if the candidate admits his mistakes, to know if he blames others for the failure; whether you learned from your mistakes and how you got over situations. Your examples of failures must be carefully thought through and show what you have learned from these situations (be better prepared next time, do not allow defeat to discourage you, etc.).