10. Describe A Difficult Work Situation & How You Overcame It.
This is another typical interview question. The interviewer is looking for some insight about how you problem-solve and how you handle a challenge.
How to Answer:
Share how you’ve handled a tough situation with big implications.
Break it down into parts, giving a detailed overview on how it was fixed, especially your role in solving the issue. Make sure to provide measurable metrics and results for the interviewer.
- “We were down 5 staff members prior to a charity event we organized for our client who generates roughly 75% of our annual business. They expect a flawless evening every time we put the event on so missing 5 key staff members who had prominent roles was crucial. I ran through all options immediately after receiving the news and began coming up with another game plan. (Talk about what you did and how you did it). The evening went without a hitch and the client continued doing business with us the following year…”
Bonus Interview Questions
Here are few other common questions you may be asked during a job interview.
- How do you handle success and/or failure?
- Be modest here but don’t hold back how you feel. How you handle yourself when things are going well (and not so well) is important to employers.
- Do you have any questions?
- It doesn’t matter what the question is but always ask them something at the end of an interview. It shows you have interest in the position.
- Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager?
- The hiring manager is looking to see if you handled a disagreement professionally and learned something from the experience.
- How well do you work with others?
- Give examples of successful collaborations with past co-workers or teammates.
- What do you think we could do different here?
- Be honest and do some research on the company prior to the interview. They are looking for someone to help them grow so any recommendations are welcome.
- If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
- This answer varies depending on the role and your work style. Just make sure to explain why you believe you would be that animal.
- What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like here?
- This will also vary but look to establish a good understanding of the business, begin to take over your specific area of expertise, and implement your suggestions and ideas by the end of your first 90 days.
- What did you like most about your last position?
- Anything related to the tasks you will be performing in the new position are great options to bring up.
- What did you like least about your last position?
- Keep it positive and stick to something that will be different in this new role. For example, if I worked alone before but the new position works within a team.
- What motivates you?
- Speak to your passions in life and at work (not just money). Employers love candidates who show passion in things.
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- They are likely checking to see if you are a cultural fit with the team. Tell them the truth but it always helps to do a little prior research to see what the hiring manager and rest of the team like to do in their spare time.
- What is your biggest professional achievement?
- Bring up a past success that had a major impact on your career or the business itself. Answer using the STAR method – situation, task, action, result.
- Would you rather work on home or remotely?
- They are likely just trying to get a sense of how you would work together in the future (more and more employers are giving employees an option)