Brilliant Answers to Tough Interview Questions
3rd edition

By Susan Hodgson
March 2008
Pearson / Prentice Hall
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9780273714644
273 Pages, Illustrated, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2"
$33.50 paper original

You’re going for an interview. You know that the interviewer will throw some tricky questions your way – and you know you’ve got to stay calm and respond well to impress them. With over 200 of the most commonly asked questions and ideal answers, this is the book that will make sure you are ready to handle anything.

Learn how to recognise your strengths and how to play to them, how to deal with your weak spots and how to avoid panic and clichéd answers. Discover the art of turning every question to your advantage, and learn the secrets behind a brilliant answer, so you will always know the right things to say.

This new edition has been refreshed and updated , contains even more questions than before, and provides specific focus on bringing the equal opportunities section in line with current practices.




1          Look before you leap

How to be brilliantly prepared before the interview and how to survive and sparkle on the day   

2          More than an educated guess

How to show employers what your education really taught you           

3          All work

Making your employment history work for you    

4          Your kind of company

What you need to know and how to let them know you know   

5          The personal touch

All about what makes you tick and why this matters          

6          Choice, change and chance

Your career decisions – how did you take them, why did you make them?    

7          Onwards and upwards

Show them why you are the right person for this job and that you are ready to climb the career ladder if you want to            

8          Are you confident that you are competent?

Competence-based or behaviour interviews – use them to your advantage

9          Your Achilles’ heel

Dealing with your weak spots, awkward questions, embarrassing pauses and mean interviewers 

10        A level playing field

Equal opportunities, positive thinking and the selection process      

11        Turning the tables

Your questions answered – you in control          

12        Summing up

Learning from every interview, planning for future success and managing less typical interviews           

Index of questions  


Before writing "Brilliant Answers to Tough Interview Questions" Susan Hodgson ran a university careers service and worked closely with students preparing them to take many of the tests covered here and helping them to deal with the results. She also worked closely with employers, in many instances helping them to use her practising students as guinea pigs for some of their aptitude test development. Susan's own first degree is in psychology and she now works as an independent careers consultant and writer.

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