How to answer difficult questions in a job interview

Are you looking for a job and have a job interview? Is it the first time that you face a job interview ? Whatever your situation may be, it is always important to correctly prepare some answers to possible questions you may have. And is that, whatever the job you choose, some questions are common in most selection processes. Therefore, in this article we want to explain in detail how to answer difficult questions in a job interview.

Steps to follow:


First of all, it is important to emphasize that it is essential to prepare all aspects of the job interview and not just those questions that may be more difficult to answer. With this we refer, on the one hand, to formal aspects such as choosing the appropriate clothing and, on the other hand, to be clear about how to act during the interview.

Therefore, at all times you must speak with a correct and educated language, responding clearly and precisely to what the interviewer asks you, with a moderate speed, etc. This also includes not talking more about what is necessary, although you should not be afraid to ask what is not clear to you. You can expand this information in this other text about how to speak in a job interview.


At the same time, it will be very important that you choose clothes and accessories that will help you to have a good presence and be in accordance with the job you are applying for. For example, you must go with a suit and tie if the subsequent job requires it, such as working in a financial position, but it will not make sense to go to an interview to work in a warehouse or as a carrier.

In the same way, when it comes to combing and putting on makeup you should opt for a style that is at the same time discreet. We recommend you consult our article about how to dress for a job interview and thus be able to expand the information on this aspect.


Every job interview will include questions about your training and professional career, so you should talk about what you have studied and where you have worked, but do not limit yourself to taking an inventory of what your curriculum says. The person who interviewed you will have already reviewed this document, since you should emphasize those aspects that you want to highlight about your studies and experience, based on which ones are best suited to the vacancy you choose.

You may be asked why you decided to study the career or studies you chose, so you should have planned an adequate response as your passion for that area, your skills for certain subjects or future opportunities offered by that sector.


Another question that is usually considered difficult to answer in a job interview is to talk about your strengths and weaknesses, especially the latter. So, it is about looking for aspects of improvement of your way of being or doing and transforming them into positive points and ways to solve them. You can also broaden this question in the article of: how to talk about your faults in a job interview.

For example, you can claim that it costs you to delegate tasks because you are a perfectionist and you make sure everything is in order. At the same time, avoid citing as virtues 'I am very hardworking' or 'I am very punctual' because they are two attributes that are taken for granted in someone who chooses a job, that is, if you are not a worker or punctual, you give understand that you have a problem: you are vague and tardy, and that is not the image you want to give, right?


Likewise, the economic issue is also an aspect that usually generates uncertainty and nervousness when talking in a job interview. There are many companies that ask new candidates about their economic expectations or compensation in their previous jobs.

In this way, it will be important to minimize the importance of remuneration - although it is clear that we work to earn money and live comfortably - and to emphasize other aspects, such as the opportunity for you to get a job like this or to refer to what that marks the collective agreement of the sector.

However, sometimes you will be explicitly asked to speak of a figure, so it will be advisable to do so based on an approximate figure of the annual salary to which you aspire and affirm that it is only an approximation and totally negotiable. We explain this and more tips in this other article on how to answer salary expectations in an interview.


Some people think that answering why you are the ideal candidate for that position is a difficult question to answer in a job interview, and the truth is that the trick is to get away from the topics and conventions. And is that you should not fall into clichés of the type "I'm the right person" or "I'm ready for it", since you're not bringing any added value to your candidacy.

You will have to come up with firm answers such as your previous achievements, specific training or specific skills that are required in this job vacancy and which may not be available to other candidates.


These are just some of the possible difficult questions that you can ask yourself in a job interview, although there are many and very diverse questions that can be raised when choosing a new job. So, we recommend you review this information about 7 key questions in job interviews so you can learn more.

In any case, it will be essential that during the entire interview you respond firmly to everything you are asked and, obviously, always tell the truth. Remember that it is a matter of giving a positive approach to what is really advantageous and what may not be so. Be sure of yourself and ... good luck!