Interviews can be stressful. A fabulously wonderful job can await for you on the other end, and sometimes the only thing that separates you from that job is an interview. The toughness of an interview obviously varies from job to job, from interviewer to interviewer. However, there are always those couple of questions that many people often find difficult to handle. This article from Passive Panda gives hopeful interviewees great tips on how to handle interview issues, including those hard-to-answer interview questions.

What Are Your Weaknesses?

I hate this question, even though I know it’s an important question to ask and answer. It’s a tricky question because if you just say something like “I’m a perfectionist,” it seems as though you’re not taking the question seriously enough. And of course, no one actually wants to say a real weakness because then you come off as a bad candidate. The trick that this article suggests is to say a real weakness, but one that is not necessarily related to the job that you are applying for.

I’m slightly skeptical about this approach, but perhaps it works for some people and some jobs. The more common alternative is to list a weakness but say it in a way that could turn it into a positive fact about you. If you’re stubborn, for instance, it will mean you’ll stick with a project until it’s done. Take time to think over your options to come up with something that works for you.

Why Are You Interested in Our Company?

This is your opportunity to show off how much research you’ve done in the company. You should obviously be doing as much research as you can into the company you’re applying for to make sure this is the job you want. But doing research will also benefit you in preparing you for your interview because your interviewer will want to make sure that you will be a good fit for the company. This question also helps the interviewer to ascertain if you took your time to prepare.

Take time to really investigate the company’s website to find their goals and mission statement. Research any awards they have one which will show the company’s strengths. Additionally it might be a good idea to reserach any competeting companies in order to understand your company’s weaknesses and how you might improve the company in those areas.

Give Us an Example of a Challenge You Faced and How You Overcame It

Here is another question that will require some time and forethought for you to answer. The article suggests that you have a story ready that demonstrates your best qualities of how you handled a challenging situation. Choose a strong story that really meant a lot to you and that you felt especially proud of. Your interviewer will remember your strong feelings of the situation and that will stay with them after the interview, and will hopefully help you get the job.

What tips do you have for answering tough interview questions? Let us know in the comments!

[via Passive Panda]