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Tough Interview Questions and Answers

What do you think of me as an interviewer?

Alternative and related questions:

Do you think I’m a good interviewer?

The meaning behind the question:

A strange question – and, in most cases, totally irrelevant to your ability to do the job for which you are applying! The interviewer has two aims here:

  • To throw you off balance and see how you react under pressure
  • To see how you handle the social challenge of having to appraise somebody’s performance – somebody who is ostensibly your superior.

Your answer:

While it’s perfectly acceptable to visually express a little surprise at the question (you’re only human, after all) you definitely don’t want to lose your composure. It is essential to remain calm under fire. And it’s not a difficult question really – the key is to strike a balance between being excessively critical and being excessively sycophantic while still communicating a meaningful observation.


Well, I would say you’re doing a good job of assessing my specific ability to undertake this role as well as identifying what sort of a person I am – what my character is, how I interact on a social level, what I’d be like to work with – and, with questions like this, you’re doing a very good job of seeing how I react when I’m put on the spot!

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