Tricky questions in interview

In my previous article related to the interview preparation, I was talking about the personal presentation. Today, I’ll present the tricky questions and some potential answers.

My first advice is : NEVER EVER LIE ! One day or another, the client will discover it and you will loose his trust, or even your job.

However, an interview is always considered as a PERSONAL PROMOTION, you should therefore highlight your strengths in all related domains.

In order to do this, you have to prepare the answers of standard soft and hard skills questions, such as:

  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses ? what would say your previous colleagues about you ?
    • It’s important to highlight your strengths but even more to show your progression against your weaknesses (or improvement areas)
  2. Do you have experience with the tool ABC or XYZ ?
    • The most important is to show your experience in related system/tool. Even if you do not have any experience with this tool, you might have experience with similar tool that would show an easy learning curve (or adaptation) in this ABC tool.
  3. Do you prefer a position as Business Analyst or Project Manager ; as Developer or Architect ?
    • Be careful about the expectation of the client, taking a strict position might lead to an interview failure. The best way to answer is to show a preference with a flexibility to both positions ; explaining the benefits (never the drawbacks) of each position.
  4. What is your best project ? and your worst ? What could you have done differently ?
    • Most of the time, the client is looking to identify your motivation and positive energy when you talk about your best project.
    • Regarding your worst project, the client is expecting to see how you deal with failure and how you can take benefit to improve.
  5. In which position do you see yourself in 5 years ?
    • For a consulting position, most of my clients are expecting a long term assignment with stability of the consultant. My best advice is to show flexibility of your effective position, the will to bring value thanks to your experience and abilities, and the possibility to progress continuously in multiple domains (soft and hard skills).
    • For an internal position, the interviewer would prefer to see a long-term development where he could give you more responsibilities and allow you to evolve.

If you have more questions or interest, do not hesitate to contact me through the contact form. I’d be pleased to complete my articles to assist you and other followers.


Olivier Blerot, Director

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