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9 Smart Answers to the Toughest Job Interview Questions

How to Answer the Interview Questions That Trip Most People Up

8. "Can you tell me about a time something didn't go to plan?"

Again, your interviewer wants more assurances that know how to handle yourself when things go south. This is especially important if your job deals with public relations, team environments, or any kind of crisis management situation.

While you have to give an example of the you-know-what hitting the fan, be careful not to sink your own ship. If you have a major league screw-up on your record, now isn't the best time to disclose it. Instead, pick a minor incident in which something went wrong. But most importantly, pick an example of a problem which you fixed and successfully turned around. Spend a lot more time talking about the solution and how you implemented it than the problem, because that's really what they want to hear.