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10 Tough Interview Questions

Popular interview questions you may be asked while interviewing for a job

6. We have state-of-the-art technology. Would you be able to jump right in? Show you are adaptable and tech-savvy. Provide specific examples of projects you’ve done that required computer skills, computer programs you know, and your familiarity with social media. Emphasize any training you’ve had to keep your skills up to date.

7. We don’t have many employees who are your age. Would that bother you? Explain that you believe your age would be an asset, you are eager to learn and it doesn’t matter who helps you. Describe recent experiences, whether at work or in other situations, where age diversity has been an asset.

Federal law bars employers from considering age in employment decisions. Though it’s not illegal to be asked your age, the question could be a red flag about the employer’s commitment to age diversity. Know your rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Also, read the AARP Age Discrimination Fact Sheet.

8. What’s your biggest weakness? This is a reverse invitation to promote your skills. Do it with an answer that puts you in a good light. For example, I tend to be too detail-oriented, but I work hard to control that. Keep it simple — and smile.

9. What are your salary requirements? Try to postpone this question until you receive a job offer. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area. A good resource is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you don’t know the range and the interviewer persists, reply, What salary range are you working with? The interviewer may very well tell you.

10. Do you have any questions? Show your interest and initiative by asking specific questions about the organization and what you can expect in the job. Use your questions to demonstrate how your skills can contribute to the organization. Answering no to this question says you’re not really interested in the job.

Take Action!

  • Prepare your answers to potential questions to help put yourself at ease during the interview.
  • Always spin positive — highlight your skills and experiences at every opportunity.
  • Research the salary range for the given job, but try not to have the salary discussion at this early stage.

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