Some job interviewers ask tough questions designed to trick you. Others want to get a better sense of your thought process or see how you respond under pressure.
Whatever the reason, you’ll want to be prepared for curveballs or challenging questions.
In her book “ 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions,” Vicky Oliver says in order to prevail, you need to “trounce your competition.”
Previous reporting from Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz includes an ultimate guide to nailing any job interview. Lebowitz reported that speaking at a steady pace and resisting the urge to humblebrag are two key things experts recommend you keep in mind when answering questions.
We’ve highlighted 25 of the tougher questions you could be asked during your next interview, and examples on how to answer them from Oliver’s book, “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions.”
It’s important to note that these sample responses are merely meant to help guide you. They won’t necessarily work for everyone, in every situation — and you should never lie in an interview.
Read on for the tough questions.
Vivian Giang contributed to a previous version of this article.