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Answering Unique Interview Questions

Answering Unique Interview Questions

Author: SNI Companies/Tuesday, October 19, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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In last week’s blog, we addressed how to answer the question, “how would you describe yourself?” during a job interview. Keeping on the same theme, in this week’s blog we’ll delve into some other interview questions that are a bit more unique. These aren’t the standard run-of-the-mill interview questions, but ones you should prepare for never-the-less. Having some answers prepared for these questions will show the interviewer that you’ve done your research ahead of time and can think quickly on your feet.


Question: What are three qualities you’d bring to the team?

Answer: With this type of question, the interviewer is wanting to see what you consider your three biggest strengths. The interviewer will already have an idea in mind of what your skills are, but this is an opportunity to share something they don’t already know and/or provide more details on what qualities you’d bring to the role. When preparing for this type of question, spend some time brainstorming what your skills are and examples that would showcase them.


Question: You’re running behind schedule, but a client or employee needs help, what do you do?

Answer: With this question, the interviewer is trying to see how you handle work stress and being under pressure. They are also wanting to see your willingness to help others and be a team player. Ideally, if presented with this issue, you would help the client or employee that needs you, even if that means you temporarily run further behind schedule.


Question: Has there been a time you failed to reach your goal?

Answer: With this type of question, you can show the interviewer your mindset and how you handle difficult situations. This is not a time to operate from a victim mentality but show that you rise to the occasion even when it seems impossible. When answering a question like this, you do not want to blame others, or have excuses for why you couldn’t reach your goal but instead show that you continued to persevere. Give the interviewer a quick recap of the situation, what you learned in the process, how it helped you grow, and what you’d do differently if in a similar situation again.


Question: What support would you need from your boss?

Answer: With this question, the interviewer is trying to see how well you’d work with your supervisor. Every boss will have a different leadership style, some may have a hands-off approach, while others require frequent communication and oversight. You’ll want to be honest here. If you say that you’d do well solving problems by yourself and figuring it out on your own, but in reality, need more mentorship and frequent communication, you’re only setting yourself up for failure later on. This is a time for both you and the hiring manager to see if the role would be a good fit for you. Think of past examples and work environments in which you thrived.





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