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10 Tough Job Interview Questions

Questions for Job Interviews to Prepare For

I found this great article through a LinkedIn group but it’s actually from Forbes. I had been working on resumes lately for friends (I’m great at other people’s resumes from years of reading thousands of resumes from working in staffing but not so much for my own), and one of my mom friends who wants to return back to work after staying home for about a decade was grilled on question number 1. It seemed that her would be employer could not get over the fact that she was a stay-at-home mom who wanted to return back to work. Strange but true.

Of course what the interviewer is trying to suss out is if you have soft skills like how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, and how to talk things out which, apparently, are acquired in preschool!

As for why are manholes round, this was a notorious question that McKinsey would ask. For all these questions, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. It’s the logic that counts. It pays to review these questions to have a few stories at the ready when getting ready to send out your resume. Practice makes perfect!

p.s. For answers to these questions, see the full article here.

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Why Are Manholes Round? The 10 Toughest Interview Questions

1. Why is there a gap in your resume?

2. Can you think of a recent problem in which old solutions wouldn’t work?

3. What would the person who likes you least in the world say about you?

4. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

5. Have you ever had a supervisor challenge your behavior? How did you manage that?

6. Describe a time when you were part of a project or planning team that could not agree…

7. If you could change one thing about your last job, what would it be?

8. Explain a database in three sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.

9. Tell me about yourself…

10. Why should we hire you?

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Rev. Joseph O. Otieno

    Very enlightening. I’d be glad to be receiving such briefs.Keep them coming.
    Keep it up!

  2. From my LinkedIn Group The Working Chronicles run by my business school classmate Molly Rosen:

    Great list of questions for anyone to be able to answer in an interview. So often we find that people can’t articulate concrete, crisp stories about how their work has made an impact.
    Have you seen the work on engagement by Dr. Teresa Amabile at HBS? Great specifics on WHY the employee disengagement numbers are so high and what managers can do about it. Hint: it’s not a promotion http://www.danpink.com/archives/2011/08/why-progress-matters-6-questions-for-harvards-teresa-amabile
    Posted by Molly Rosen

  3. From my LinkedIn Group The Working Chronicles

    These are great! Thank you. We are interviewing candidates here now and I have been using some of the same old interview questions, so these are quite refreshing.
    Posted by Ted

  4. From my LinkedIn Group The Working Chronicles:

    One of the most thought provoking questions I was ever asked was “What was more important and/or more formative to you – high school, college, or your first two years in the workplace and why?” I still can’t answer that but it definitely got me thinking.

    Posted by Ted

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