Love them or hate them, there will always be some interview questions that require a little more thought than others. Careers Egg examines some of those more awkward potential questions.
No one wants to hear negativity about a previous role or employer so you need to play this one carefully. Don't get personal and keeping it neutral is your best bet.
Job seekers may feel vulnerable if they have spent time out of the workplace but it can be common for a whole host of excusable reasons. When answering this question, honesty really is the best policy.
Talking about past failures is unlikely to make anyone feel comfortable. But taking ownership and showing how you have learnt from previous experiences can put you in a much more positive light.
Everyone dreads these so called 'creative' questions. But don't worry - they happen a lot less frequently than we're led to believe. And how can you prepare for them anyway?
We've all experienced tricky working relationships but this isn't the time for character assassination. Can you turn the question round to show the strategies you've used to ensure your work isn't affected?
Not a question but a common opening gambit. So why don't more people prepare for this one? This is often a missed opportunity to sell yourself from the start and create a great first impression.
Answering this question appropriately is a fine balancing act. No one wants an answer that shows arrogance nor weakness. Stick with a strong 8-9 whilst articulating how you could raise it higher.
Admitting you are not a team player can be interview suicide but, let's face it, most jobs will also contain elements of lone working. Prepare examples that show your adaptability to both situations.