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Interview Question Series: Answering the Most Uncomfortable Interview Questions

On11/ 04 /18
“If you were a fruit or pizza topping, what would you be?” – although this questions sounds particularly odd and confusing, the interviewers do occasionally raise some random enquiries like this to see how you react. 

To help you avoid any gaping silences in your next interview, we have rounded up three of the most frequently asked challenging questions, so you can approach them with confidence and consideration:

“Why are you leaving your current role?

When it comes to awkward interview questions, the one about leaving your current role is the most common. The main intention of your interviewer here is to establish the rationale behind what in particular made you want to change your role. The most important thing here is to be honest and constructive, without being negative. 

While you might be having a difficult time in your existing position, working 12 hour days with an unsupportive manager, if you go into a monologue about your trials and tribulations at your current workplace, what’s to stop you being negative about your next employer? 

Keep it professional. Instead of saying, you work too much and you dislike your manager, it’s fine to say that while there are elements of your current role you really enjoy, you’re looking for more of a work life balance and would be very keen to work with people from whom you could learn and develop. 

For more examples, read our article here

“What are your weaknesses?”

Many people find themselves shy and embarrassed when it comes to confronting their own weaknesses. In reality, answering such a question in an interview is a great way to make a personal progress. 

Why? Because it allows the recruiter to assess your motivation and eventually recognise the skills that need improvement. There is nothing wrong with admitting the things you are struggling with. And, if you secure yourself a job, you are very likely to receive some extra support from your manager in form of the professional development plan, which is extremely helpful when it comes to career progression! 

“Where else are you interviewing”?

While you don’t need to share this information to the recruiter, properly handling this question can help to demonstrate your diplomacy in dealing with sensitive matters, and will also show you’re in demand.

Don’t go into any detail regarding the names of companies you’re interviewing at, but do feel free to say you’re actively job hunting and have a number of interviews lined up for similar roles. 

For more advise on your next interview, why not check our blog section? Alternatively, if you are still looking for your next opportunity, drop us your CV and a member of our recruitment team will be in touch! 

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