How to describe a difficult problem and how you dealt with it on an interview

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This question is sure to come up and though the interviewer asked how "you" dealt with or solved the problem, he really wants to hear how you worked with a team of people to solve a problem. This is a problem solving question that tests your critical thinking skills and is looking for two pieces of information: Your definition of difficult and how you handled the situation.

This is a great question for showing that you are creative and capable problem solver. You should have at least one of these stories ready to go that will make you look good (it's okay to brag a little in an interview), but having a few of them will allow you to further expand on the question. Try to avoid co-worker related problems unless you had to fire someone.

The interviewer does not want to hear how you fixed a light bulb or un-jammed the copy machine. A good team player example is the best way to answer this question.



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This is helpful, but a specific example would be even more helpful.  I have trouble thinking of specific problems.  An example might help.

Author — Lisa Ostrouch

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why cant we just be ourselves in interviews and give a real answers without faking or lying about anything !

Author — Yazii Bella

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I tend to over think this question also and when I explain my situation I seem to blabber on and on and then I see the interviewer with a blank stare.

Author — holly L

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Hi Don, I wish I found your channel earlier.

Author — Saibu Shayer

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dude even you did not manage to put on an answer. what a waste of time to watch this clip.

Author — shafiul amin

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I'm sure you'll do great on your interview

Author — Don Georgevich

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the complete interview answer guide and you can get it from Job Interview Tools

Author — Don Georgevich

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the complete interview answer guide and you can get it from job interview tools

Author — Don Georgevich

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Thanks, for you tips i haven't been on an interview in years..

Author — Nia Miller

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Don I went to a interview today and got this question ask thank-you for the tip

Author — Lee Bliesner

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Hello Sir, I really enjoy watching your videos, they are very informative and I like how you go directly to the main subject sparing us time. But, you know what? the other reason why I'm watching your videos is the perfect English you speak, you pronounce words correctly and accurately, you could be an English teacher.
Thank you

Author — Lapaixest Avecmoi

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Great! Help.. Thank You. for being so helpful

Author — ROSIE BEEFNSTUFF

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sure that is okay. it is best to keep it related to the job you are interviewing for.

Author — Don Georgevich

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Thank you for the tips! I like the videos.

Author — Endy Swagga

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Don what is the name of your interview
book?

Author — gurkhe

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this very interesting thanks for the advice.

Author — Dijonne Stricklen

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hi Mr Don u're videos are very help-full for me, thank you ;)

Author — SigBob

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@ProductionTheory yes. it is good to have some supporting backstory.

Author — Don Georgevich

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Don, you're the best. Good team thought of this one. Don, you are a super-star!

Author — OriginalSugar Baby

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Hey Don

Thank you for the video, i had been struggling to write my application
letter, i wanted to ask though, I have to write a letter of intent that
addresses the following:

• Describe a situation where your curiosity has led you to discover and
learn something that has a profound impact on your life.
• It can be argued that Digital Media is a disruptive force on society.
In your opinion, where have you seen digital media disrupt in a
positive and negative way? Give an example of each.
• Describe a scenario where a pipe-cleaner, while not the first choice,
could be used to solve a problem.

Am i supposed to write about myself through answering these questions or
try to answer the questions more directly

Hope to hear from you and thanks again

Cheers

Arthur

Author — Arthur Manyenya