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If you’re like most people, job interviews are always a bit nerve-wracking. Being in the hot seat getting grilled by the hiring manager and other team members can be trying — to say the least — but some questions can easily send you into a tailspin if you’re not properly prepared.

Hiring managers want the best person for the job, so asking tough questions helps them separate outstanding candidates from those who are simply mediocre. Prepare for your upcoming interview by learning how to respond to these three tough questions with ease.

What is your greatest weakness?

Designed to make you stumble, this question can quickly take you out of the running if you don’t know how to respond to it. Many people are under the misconception the best answer involves taking a strength and turning it into a weakness, but that will impress no one. Hiring managers want a self-aware candidate, so share a weakness and follow up by explaining the steps you’ve taken to overcome it. This makes you appear honest and highlights your desire to learn — both characteristics sure to make you a front-runner.

Why should I hire you?

If you can’t explain why you’re the best person for the job, don’t expect to be hired. Of course, being put on the spot with this challenging question can easily make you stumble, so assume it will be asked and be ready for it. Provide specific examples to back up your claim that you’re both the best skills and cultural fit. This is the time to let your passion for the work shine through, so don’t hold back!

Describe your worst boss.

This is a trap, so don’t fall into it. No matter what, it is never acceptable to speak poorly of a former manager, so tread lightly. Make it clear you’ve never had trouble getting along with a boss, but working for a variety of people has taught you which management styles you prefer. Inevitably, a question about your preferred management style will follow. Instead of backing yourself into a corner as someone who strictly favors a hands-on or a hands-off manager, remain neutral by explaining you enjoy a good balance between both.

For more than 30 years, StaffMasters has been helping hardworking professionals like you find rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today to learn more about our entry-to-executive-level temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire opportunities in manufacturing, distribution, logistics and contact centers.

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