500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Seven

If you could work anywhere in the world, where would it be?

You may be tempted to pick an exotic place. However, it might be more prudent to show the employer you are happy working in this area. Make the job you’re interviewing for your chief objective. Frame your answer so that you let the interviewer know that you see this job as a means to achieving your ultimate career objectives. Be careful not to make it sound like either a stepping stone or a safe haven.

How do you balance your reliance on facts with your reliance on intuition?

Describe a specific time when your intuition helped you solve a problem that might have been handled badly if you’d followed the facts or standard procedure. Demonstrate an ability to “think outside of the box.”

Was there any one person who influenced you the most?

This question isn’t about another person as much as it is about your ability to answer it coherently and respectfully. Describe the qualities that you admire in others and have tried to emulate in your career. The interviewer wants a clearer perspective as to what inspires you. There is no one right answer to this question, but your answer should ultimately demonstrate how the experienced gained has better prepared you for this position.

What makes you think you can handle a job that requires so many different talents and persuasive skills?

Prove by example that you have what it takes. Tell how you accomplished various tasks requiring a multitude of talents. Share your approaches to persuasive sales and inherent talents for sales skills. Indicate that you are multi-talented as evidenced by your enthusiasm and past accomplishments.

How would you respond to a defaulted form Z88 counter-derivative renewal request if the policy under which the executive board resolves such issues were

currently under review?
Sometimes you will be asked seemingly impossible, unrelated questions, just to see how you will respond. It’s not so much that they want to see you squirm as they want to judge how you might respond to pressure or tension on the job. Being subjected to a ridiculous question like this one gives you an opportunity to show your stamina. With a confident smile simply respond: “I don’t know, but if you hire me, I will certainly find out for you.”
Closing Questions

Whom did you choose as your references, and why?

The interviewer is looking for a logical mix of people without any obvious omissions. Describe what you’d expect each of your references to say. Include a diverse group of people such as a former peer, supervisor, manager, and coworker.