You can give confident answers to tough interviewing
There are two keys to giving
effective answers to tough interviewing questions. First - get to the
heart of the interviewer's concern. Ask them exactly what about that
objection bothers them. If you miss this step, giving effective answers
to tough interviewing questions is, well, real tough.
Second - It's how you say it as much what you say. Great answers to
tough interviewing questions are always given in a calm, confident
Here are a couple of tough questions / objections and ways you can
1. You've held too many jobs in a short time span
Keep in mind that what constitutes 'too many jobs' varies from one
interviewer to another. Explain each of those moves briefly, with some
logic. The reasons could include, but are not limited to:
- A job was just not right for you, and you decided to
move away from it, cutting your losses
- The employer's business failed or was on the verge of
failing, which is why you moved out
- A reorganization that reduced the importance of your
department and adversely affected your career prospects
- The organization merged with another one and your
position was due to be downsized
- You had reached a certain level and further
advancement was not possible in the foreseeable future
Present your logic objectively without sounding bitter
or angry. Highlight your initiative in moving out of an undesirable
If you held onto one of the jobs for a reasonable period, show that as
evidence of your commitment to stick around.
Is there any other activity you've done for years - social work, etc?
If so, you can mention that as evidence of your 'stick-ability'. All of
these could be great answers to tough interviewing questions.
2. You have one or more gaps in your employment
If you have valid reasons for the gaps, you do not have anything to
E.g. you took time off to study full time, be a full time mother, or
critical illness forced you to take rest, etc.
If you do not have such reasons, your gap may take some explaining. If
you have had gaps in your work history but are now employed and are
looking for another job, the problem is not really a major one.
Perhaps you had other activities going on - helping out a friend in his
business, volunteer activities, doing freelance work, teaching classes,
working on a temporary basis, etc. This will give you something genuine
to say about what you are doing now.
If you had started a business that did not do well and you now want to
go back to a job, put a positive slant on the situation. Focus on how
you had showed initiative and considerable courage in going out on your
Be sure to highlight how you have satisfied your entrepreneurial urges
and are now more than willing to settle down in a job.
It is definitely possible to give convincing answers to tough
interviewing questions. All it needs is some preparation and clear
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