7 Most DIFFICULT Interview Questions ANSWERED | Business English Course Lesson 5

7 Most DIFFICULT Interview Questions ANSWERED | Business English Course Lesson 5

– Hello everyone, and welcome
back to English With Lucy. Today I’m going to be talking to you about the most common
job interview questions and how to answer them. (tearing sound) (upbeat music) This is the second part
of a two-part lesson. In the previous lesson, we discussed seven of the
easier and more basic questions. In this lesson, we are going to discuss the more difficult questions. Let’s get started with the lesson. Question number one, what
is your biggest weakness. The dreaded question, do
you turn it into a joke and say something like, chocolate. Do you answer really honestly. Or do you use it as another
opportunity to show off. What your interviewer is really trying to do with this question is judge your self-awareness
and your honesty, and also screen out any red flags. Let’s start with what you
definitely shouldn’t say. I don’t have any weaknesses. (bleep sound) No one wants to have someone deluded or arrogant in the office. Other big no-nos included,
I can’t meet deadlines. (bleep sound) Or, I have a temper. (bleep sound) That makes you sound like a liability or even a lawsuit waiting to happen. One cliche that you shouldn’t
say is I’m a perfectionist. (bleep sound) Everyone says it and
nobody believes it anymore. You absolutely must not lie. Employers want to see that
you can reflect and improve. Think about something that you
aren’t particularly strong at but could easily improve. For example, in my previous role, I could have been better
at delegating tasks. Or, I’ve never felt completely comfortable talking to large audiences. It’s something that I’m
actively working on. I still get nervous but I can handle it and I don’t feel like it holds me back. Number two is what are
your salary requirements. This question is frankly horrible and puts you in an awkward situation, but you need to be ready for it. You need to carry out research on websites like Glassdoor to get a rough idea of what you should be expecting. You could also see if you can get any insider information from the recruiter or from someone else in the industry. You need to state as
high a salary requirement as you can honestly and reasonably justify but also say that you are
flexible and negotiable. Chances are the interviewer
already has a budget and will negotiate with
you at a later date. So you need to leave room
for that negotiation. If you state a salary requirement that is much lower than what
they might be willing to pay, you are cheating yourself
out of proper compensation. If you walk into an interview
without a clear idea of what you want to be paid, then you are going in unprepared. So make sure you think about
this question in advance. Question number three is, do
you have any questions for us. Remember, that an interview
isn’t just about the interviewer seeing if you are a good
fit for the company, you also need to use it
to see if the company is a good fit for you. You absolutely need to
go into any interview with a handful of questions. And also try and develop some questions throughout the interview itself. Here are some great
questions that you could ask. In the majority you should
use the conditional. What would my day be like. Number one, what would an average day look like in the company. Number two, what projects are the team working on at the moment. Number three, what sort of
budget would I be working with. Number four, is this a brand new role. Number five, how would I be trained. Number six, what’s the
performance review process like. Number seven, what’s your
favourite part about working here. Number eight, who would I be reporting to. Number nine, what’s the
company culture like. And number ten, what is the next step in the interview process. Questions number four, is why was their a gap in your employment. This is a hard question,
but you can understand why an interviewer would want to ask it. It definitely raises a red flag for them. The most important thing
that you can do is be honest. Never be tempted to extend
your period of employment in a previous position
just to cover up the gaps. There’s every chance that the interviewer will call your previous employees
to verify your time there. Instead, follow these six tips. Number one is don’t overshare. They don’t want to know the details of your personal problems. Number two is offer a simple explanation. Don’t be too mysterious,
just say one or two sentences about why you took time
off and what you did. Number three is talk about the new skills you developed in your time off. Volunteer work, courses,
classes, reflection time, did you have a baby, talk
about the soft skills which include communication, adaptability, problem solving and critical observation. Number four is emphasise that you are sure that you now want to work again. Number five is be confident. Don’t downplay what you achieved. You shouldn’t feel
embarrasses about time off. And number six is move on. There’s no need to dwell on it. Try and move the conversation gently on. Question number five is,
can you tell me about a time when you disagreed with
a decision made at work. The interviewer is really asking about your communication
skills with this question. Disagreements do happen, it’s
what you do when they happen that says a lot about you
and your personal skills. They also want to see that you
maintain good relationships, so this is definitely not an opportunity to talk badly about your
previous workmates and bosses. You do need to prepare
a specific situation and this will be different for everyone. Do not lie as again,
they might bring it up whilst talking to your references. Some tips are, that
you answer the question in a positive way, even if it
was a difficult disagreement. Discuss how this situation
will help prepare you to handle disagreements in the future. Don’t be afraid to admit
that you were in the wrong, if that’s what happened. The ability to admit that you’re wrong is a good skill to have. Also, don’t pretend that you’ve never had a disagreement at work. This makes you look like a yes man. An example answer is, I
once disagreed with my boss over some advice he was
giving to a customer. Rather than question his
authority in front of everyone, I talked to him in private. I was open and honest
about the problems I had with the way he wanted to do things. It turned out there was just
this simple misunderstanding and my boss was actually
correct, but he was glad that I spoke to him as I then understood where he was coming from for the future. Question number six is why are
you leaving your current job. Or even more difficult to
answer, why were you fired. This question is more
about what not to say. Number one, never-bad-mouth your boss, especially if you were fired. It’s all the more reason
for them to contact and question your previous employer. Number two, is do not
say that you had a fight with a co-worker, and definitely don’t try and blame them for it. If you couldn’t get on
with your old work mates, who’s to say that you’ll
get on with the new ones. Number three, is don’t make it sound like money is the only
thing you care about. Instead, you could say, I didn’t feel like there was opportunity to grow or advance further in that role, so I decided a change would be best for my career. Number four is don’t sound too impulsive. They’re investing in
you for the long term. And they want to minimise
their staff turnover. They’ll be hoping that you
stick around for a long time. Number five, is don’t be
too vague or illusive. If you look like you
have something to hide they might find you untrustworthy. So what should you say if
you were made redundant. The most important thing is to be honest. You could say, my position was eliminated and I was made redundant? Layoffs happen, you can
be specific about why, because it wasn’t your fault. Just remember to not badmouth the company. What about if you were fired? Well I recommend that you
tell the truth and come clean. It’s not worth lying
and getting caught later when they check references. Even if you get hired at the position, if they ever find out you lied, it is grounds for termination. Question number seven
is are you interviewing with any other companies. This is a tough question. They want to see how popular you are as well as finding out the
supply and demand in the market. They might also want to
predict what sort of salary you might be offered at competing firms. My advice, is to link
it back to the company. For example, you could say,
I am in the beginning stages of my job search, I’m
attracted to positions that require keen analytical skills. In fact, what I like
most about this opening is, and then you can say
something about the specific role. If you’re already in serious
talks with another company, you can mention that
but it can both benefit and disadvantage you. So now we have discussed all of the most common interview questions and how you should answer them. Please feel free to
share your model answers in the comments down below and you can use each other as inspiration. You could also provide
constructive criticism and feedback when the person asks for it. That’s is for this lesson,
I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learnt something. Don’t forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook, my
Instagram and my Twitter, and I shall see you soon
for another lesson, muah. (light music)

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  2. What about if I want to change my area of work? Most of the human resources people are afraid of hiring someone who changes from one work to a completely different one.

  3. I gave you the first like! Very useful information. Regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina! I love your videos

  4. Excellent set of questions – speaking as a retired careers advisor. Unusually, a spelling mistake. ELUSIVE, not ILLUSIVE.

  5. Hello,Lucy . I am from Indonesia and i am always stay turn on your youtube channel. Succes for you

  6. You are always good at choosing interesting topics for your video lessons. LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU LUCY FOR YOUR EFFORT AND YOUR VIDEOS AND SIMPLY FOR YOU TOO.

  7. Thank you, Lucy! I plan to change my job (and location actually), so, it was very useful to get such a great piece of advice!

  8. This was a useful video I enjoyed it Lucy and now I will know how to answer the difficult questions with no problem with this video.

  9. I'm here to say that thanks to Lucy's advices….i just got the opportunity for a job interview at a company where i've been trying to work….hopefully i'll get hire too after watching this video.

  10. Fantastic advice, Lucy. You should do a special video on how to deal with Jewish interviewers. Needless to say, I had a terrible experience.

  11. I am like thirteen and I still find your videos so helpful, even though I am not preparing for an interview 😉 😜 Greetings from Sweden and Poland.

  12. It looks like a female Sherlock sitting on her chair and trying to be superior than others by giving them invaluable pieces of advice for their job hunting challenge >___<

  13. If I ever have the opportunity to get a job someday, I am now doubting whether I could pass an interview after watching these videos because it would unnerve me to have to say things I don't think simply to have the person interviewing me not instantly discount me as a prospective employee.  I am glad you make these videos, because, at least now, I know what I would be up against.  I just need to try to figure out how not to feel like a fraud when answering questions in a way that I don't like to speak.

  14. An eleven-minute video that can be abbreviated into one phrase: "Be an excellent actor".
    It kinda looks like getting a job today requires NASA skills. The world sucks.
    No mistakes.
    No flaws.
    No weaknesses.
    No faltering.
    I don't know where you can have a boss with whom you disagree and still keep your job. It has never happened to me and I have had lots of superiors and worked in several countries. Good video anyways

  15. The worst type of questions are open ended like why are you suited for this job. Me. Uhhhh because i am? Uhm… i have A/B but i dont have C/D and uhh… yea… i think thats it… Can somepne help with my terrible answering of open ended questions please.

  16. hey good channel and good job, but i suggest you let the questions or the statements for some long seconds more please, because i can't read as fast as a advance english student thank you. :):):)

  17. My first job interview in the UK is on Thursday already, I'm so happy it was so well matched with your business course because I edited my CV after your first lesson, thank you Lucy! <3

  18. Hi Lucy
    I'm from Syria
    How can I form the following sentence with wish ?
    He is always losing things.
    I wish he ……….

  19. Hi Lucy! Very useful this information about how to respond to such questions in a job interview! To be honest, I think these questions are asked in all over of the world because I living in Brazil and it here is the same questions, but, I would like to know how do I to get a job in another country? Remembering that I have a passport and I've been studying a lot to pass Proficiency language test.

  20. I think there is a mistake in the captions at 06:59? "Don't pretend that you've never had AN AGREEMENT at work", while Lucy says "Don't pretend that you've never had A DISAGREEMENT at work"

  21. no offense but her accent is ugly and annoying i don’t understand why people think is attractive ? american accent is more beautiful, soft and melodic and most importantly. Easy to understand

  22. Hi Lucy,
    Wonderful lesson about interview questions. It is very useful information for preparation of interview. I admire your suggestions.
    Thank you.

  23. I had a subject as business communication… These are all the points that my professor taught us about interviews… Thank you so much

  24. Great stuff… But I don't have any idea how it gonna work out in the interview…. But useful information … Thank you Lucy… Appreciated.. Good work done.

  25. For the weak points, I would usually admit to being a little socially anxious in new environments, but as I get to know people better this will vanish quickly. Another one I like to use is that I admittedly am not as good at planning my work out as I'd expect of myself, but a slight push in the right direction goes a long way with me.
    These are two quite vulnerable statements that don't quite classify as red flags and are easy for a boss to work with. Also, they're completely true about me and I do always appreciate a little help or consideration with them in the early weeks of a new workplace. Finally, by probing the response to these answers I get a lot of information back about the work environment I'm about to sign up for so it's also a high value "hidden question" of my own to see if I could fit in there or not.
    My point being, if the employer puts of a negative response to two really quite simple flaws, I would never feel safe to hit them up with any actual problems I may encounter in life. This, in turn, would be leading to bad morale which is not how I want to spend, possibly, the rest of my life working. If the response is positive, however, I know I can entrust later and possibly bigger issues in my life more freely. This is what I took away from one of my internships when my dad passed away. It was a great feeling to have a sort of pseudo-family in my workplace to help me deal with it and actually made me want to work in my grief period as that place made me feel more comfortable than sobbing away at home.

  26. I have been selected for wipro wase program where a bca student would be able to get m.tech degree simultaneously working. Can someone help me it please. Is the really helpful? Like will my m.tech degree be really valuable in the eyes of other companies. Please help.

  27. If you work and live in a democratic country then yes don't discuss you being fired. But if you live in a country like Turkey and all bosses have been put there because of their powerful relatives or friends, it's quite OK to say that your previous boss was an asshole. I was quite clear and honest with HR specialist and Department Manager (Istanbul) talking about bulling and mobbing at my previous job so I got a new one.

  28. English is the third language that I´m studying. Some words and phrases that I say don´t sound right, and I´m practising. Thank you for your tips.

  29. I'm glad to inform you that I've cracked my interview by the techniques suggested by you in your previous lesson and I've been offered for a summer internship program for content writing. Can you share some tips for content writing so that I can have an upper hand there. Thanks a lot ma'am 😋

  30. Thank you so much Lucy! I hope to pass successfully my next interview thanks to your brilliant tips:)

  31. "if u think u r the best, i can be better, bcoz i'm learning from u"

    can we say this to the company we gonna be interviewed?

  32. Hi Lucy, I was wondering if you had any videos on what you studied at university? Whether you did a Masters in English? I'm considering this as I also want to be an English teacher. I was just wondering if you had any advice or tips x

  33. I learned similar interview skills from the book, ”Knock’ em Dead” by Martin Yate. In addition, I learned how to write an attractive resume and tailored to the specific requirements of the job.
    I remember that after these changes, I would get call for interviews about 95% of the times and I was always either hired for the position or was one of the two top candidates. The advise in this video works. Great subject for a video to help anyone grab that job!
    Way to go Lucy.

  34. One of my friend was graduated bachelor of commerce and pursuing CA, He went to an interview for bank job, the HR questioned him that, "What if you have qualified CA, will you look for better opportunities & why you prefer this bank job" and he was not selected for the job.
    How to face these kind of situation? Will you please reply to this answer

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