Great Interview Questions – 21 Common Interview Questions Part 6

Questions # 16-18

  1. Q 16. Have you ever had to work for a manager who was difficult to get along with or whom you thought was unfair to you?

Again, you need to avoid any negative comments about any individuals. The interviewer is testing you to see if you’re the type to badmouth people.Q 17.

  1. Q 17.  Share with me an example on how you handled tension with your boss.

Answer this question in the past tense. Discuss a boss you had earlier in your career. Try to think of an example involving miscommunication. Then focus on how the two of you worked through that situation. Explain the steps you have taken to make sure that situation has not arisen again.

  1. Q 18. What would you say if I told you that you were not doing a good job interviewing today?

This is a classic example of a stress question. You need to stay calm and relaxed. Do not let your confidence be shaken.

You could start off by asking the interviewer to share with you the specific parts of the interviewing process where perhaps you have not fully or properly communicated. Then tell them that you would like to review those areas and questions again to clarify more fully or appropriately the areas that were misunderstood.


When you have common interview questions like this, you can feel almost like you are being “setup” in the interview.

Breath deeply. Remember not to get defensive, or take it personally. They are only trying to make sure you will fit into the organization and test your ability to handle stress.

Wait a minute before you answer to collect your thoughts and your confidence when you answer the questions.

Again overall do not bad mouth your past employers or companies. Also you do not want to sound like you are a negative or a complainer.

  1. Add these questions to your file marked, “Common Interview Questions”.
  2. Create a couple of versions on your answers, using some of your past jobs as examples. As I said in one of my previous blogs, go back as far as you can with questions 16. That way you are able to show how you have over come all that experience in a positive way for a period of time.
  3. Practice a loud with someone, a partner, best friend or career peer you trust.


Remember the goal is to get to the final interview and get the job!

Remember each interview gets you closer to an offer!

Have a great week!




Eleanor Anne Sweet

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The Expert in Job Search Solutions. Tm



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