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35 Toughest Interview Questions With Answers

Best Answers for the Hardest Interview Questions


There are the basic interview questions that almost every hiring manager asks. There are also interview questions that are much more challenging to answer.

Some are trick questions, others are designed to put you on the spot to see how you react, and others don’t have a right or wrong answer. With those, how you respond is as important as what you say when you answer.

Here are some of the toughest interview questions that employers ask, along with advice on how to respond and sample answers.

35 Tough Interview Questions With Answers

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 How I Hire: Values First
By Kay Krill, President & CEO, ANN Inc
September 24, 2013
I love what I do. I was fortunate enough early on in my career to discover a love for fashion and retail, and to this day, I wake up every day excited about what lies ahead. Retailing is hard work, but it has taken my career on a journey that has been amazing and fulfilling.

One of the most important things that I have learned on this journey is that you have to surround yourself with the right people in the right positions to ensure success. As the CEO of a nearly $2.5 billion public company, leading approximately 20,000 associates, I rely on my teams to help me deliver on our mission and purpose as a company. ANN INC. is the company it is today because we are comprised of people who excel at what they do, but see themselves as doing more than making and selling clothes. They see something bigger: a chance to inspire and connect with women to put their best selves forward, an opportunity to build relationships, and to work with like-minded people on a close-knit team. And, yes, they are also having fun while doing all of the above.

With that in mind, when considering candidates to join our team, I generally think about four things: passionauthenticityhumility andshared values.

I have a very close friend who worked as an associate in a bank and then in stores after college. Next, he moved to selling clothes in specialty stores, but he never loved it. One day, he was asked to help someone design and decorate their home. He did a fantastic job and quickly realized that he was finally doing what he loved. He found his passion. Passionate people love what they do and are excited about it. You can hear it when they talk about their work, you can feel it when you are around them, and you can see it in their results.

Experience, education and skill are important, but I also look for passion when I talk to candidates.

A leader I admire once said that great leadership is the perfect blend of personal humility and professional will. I believe that to be true. You get far more support and loyalty by being authentic and forthright. I want the leaders on our teams to do what they say and say what they mean.

That’s why I look for humility and authenticity in the candidates I meet. I believe that everyone counts and everyone leads. There should not be any “peacocks” at ANN INC. One of my favorite sayings is, “a peacock today is a feather duster tomorrow.” We all need to be humble and proud of our work — but not boastful of our success.

I also place a lot of emphasis on shared values. When making hiring decisions, both my teams and I start with the core belief that cultural fit is everything. “Fit” might not come across in a job description, but candidates who fit feel strongly connected with all things the company stands for. At ANN INC., candidates who fit feel connected with all things a woman values, believes in, supports, defends, embraces, and loves. They are relationship builders, team players, and believers in fashion first and people always. Those one-in-a-million candidates are the ones we covet because they are capable of shaping an experience that will make someone’s day and inspire her to look, feel and be her best.

I happen to think that our company is a special place filled with unique and passionately dedicated associates. I recall a quote from the late Steve Jobs. He said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do”…the only thing I would add to that is, “and where you do it.”


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Is there any value in an unpaid internship?

JULIE LABRIE: Published Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012, 7:00 PM EST

The Question:

Do you see value in taking unpaid internships? Would you recommend that students who are having a hard time getting a job in their field take on relevant unpaid internships? Or is that just a way to sell yourself (and your pocketbook) short?

The Answer:

Unpaid internships can be worthwhile if both the company and the intern use the opportunity in the right way. The intern can benefit from networking opportunities, listing real world experience on his or her résumé, and gaining valuable on-the-job training. The company can benefit by having a new person share fresh perspectives on the business, having additional hands-on support, and giving back to the community by investing in new talent.

The challenge with unpaid internships however, is that some companies take….


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