Business Insider asked Carla to help demystify six job interview questions that, while common, can be difficult to answer:

If you think the most common interview questions are often the most difficult to answer, then you’re not alone. More people trip up on things like “tell us about yourself” and “what is your biggest weakness?” than questions about their skills.


That’s because the most common interview questions all have a subtext, explains Carla Harris, vice chairwoman at Morgan Stanley. “What an interviewer is really trying to find out by asking common questions, is what kind of personality you have; are you a leader or a good pair of hands and will you fit in? They already know you have the qualifications because they’ve seen your resume.”