How To Turn Around a Negative Interview Question

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How To Turn Around a Negative Interview Question
Interviewers love to throw curveballs. Here’s how you can knock them out of the park.   In an interview you can’t wait to put your best foot forward, talk about your skills, and show them what a great asset you would be to the team. Be prepared, because the interviewer will also hit you with curveball questions, such as “What are your biggest weaknesses?” “What mistakes have you made in the past?” “What jobs do you not like doing?”
It is possible to answer these questions and still make yourself look like the top candidate for the job. Here are five common “negative” questions that you can turn into a positive:
• What is your biggest weakness? Whatever you do, do not answer this by saying, “I don’t think I have any weaknesses.” We all do. Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan once said, “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” For example, if you think your weakness is your lack of organization you can respond with, “I don’t really feel I’m as organized as I should be, but I still manage to meet all of my deadlines and get my work done efficiently.”
• What mistakes have you made in the past? Not only do we all have weaknesses, we make mistakes too, so the interviewer is hoping that you will admit to yours and explain how you fixed them. Be honest about what you did wrong, but accentuate the positive outcomes that you managed to bring about.
• What kind of people do you not get along with? To be a travel agent, you need to be a people person. You will talk to all sorts of clients – from those who are happy with their vacation plans to those who are frustrated with trying to make reservations and need help. In this scenario, a good answer might be “I tend to get along with most people, although it takes extra care to deal with a frustrated client.”
• When was your work criticized? How did you handle it? At some point, everybody’s work is criticized and your potential employer wants to see if you can handle criticism without getting defensive or argumentative. Your interviewer didn’t ask you for a specific incident in this case, so just let him know how you handled it. “Yes, I’ve had my worked criticized before and, honestly, I am glad for the comments. I’m looking to improve my work however I can.”
• Have you ever been fired? Don’t skirt around this one at all, but again, you could give an answer without giving a ton of messy details. “Yes, I was fired from a job because I really didn’t have the skills they needed for the job. I should have talked to someone beforehand, but I didn’t and now I know to find jobs that are a better fit for my skill set, such as this one.”
Also, watch for “leading” questions: For example, interviewers who see that you’ve worked for a particular company that is notoriously difficult might say, “That must have been a difficult place to work.” Do not dwell on any negative side of that particular experience. Instead, talk about what you learned about the industry and about yourself. “The position was difficult, but it was there that I took on a supervisor role and learned that I can manage a team of more than five people.” 
Most importantly, make sure that you practice your answers to these and other questions you might be asked before your interview.

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