A Guide on Common Interview Questions & Answers

Common Interview Questions

Most interviews are competency based and generally question candidates on a number of issues in order to demonstrate their practical knowledge and their ability to tackle adverse situation. Here, we’ve presented some frequently asked questions in interviews:

  1. Tell me about yourself?

This is the most often asked question in interviews. So be prepare for a short statement in your mind. Wish the interviewers first and introduce about yourself. Explain in brief about your education background and percentage of marks if you get good percentage, otherwise just ignore it. Explain in short about your family background and your hobbies. Finally describe about your strengths and weaknesses and goals and achievements.

  1. Why did you leave your last job?

This question is applicable to experienced job seekers. There will be many reasons for leaving your last job. There may be salary dissatisfactions, uncertainty of roles, non-cooperation from peers, unsatisfied working conditions and bored with your work. Answer properly for this question, so they can analyze your motives and insights on how to handle work relationships. Answer effectively for this questions and prepare for it. Make a list of achievements in your last job and start with “having successfully done that, I’m ready for another challenge.” But never criticize your past company and give statements like ‘I wasn’t being challenged’, ‘The work was not interesting’ or ‘the pay was too low’.

  1. What experience do you have in this field?

This is the time to explore your previous experiences related to the position you are applying for. Talk about your schooling, previous jobs and achievements in your employment history or any prior experiences that has prepared you for the position. Be open and discuss your job experiences or academic achievements in a positive way. Showing reserve during the hiring process may point to a sign of weakness and will limit your chances for employment.

  1. Do you consider yourself successful?

The interviewers may expect you to answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

  1. What do co-workers say about you?

Make a note of your best qualities and prepare few senesces about your hardworking nature and also take opinions of people with whom you worked recently. It may help you to see you from the view of other people. Never hesitate to say, I pride myself on my honesty and punctuality also my ability to form relationships with co-workers.

  1. What do you know about this organization?

This is the common question asked by the all interviewers. Do research about the organization before the interview and make a list of the things about the company, what are their strategies, what are the current issues and major players of the companies and its rivals in the market.

  1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Mention if you have attended any soft skills program, certified computer programmes.

  1. Are you applying for other jobs?

Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization.

  1. Why do you want to work for this organization?

This question needs to be answered based on the research done on the organization. Focus on long term skills and apply them to the present organization.

  1. What range of salary you are expecting?

It is an easy question but very tough to answer. Don’t be initiative in salary discussions. Let the interviewer take initiation in asking the question about the salary negotiations. Every company will have their pre defined standards for each position. Most of the companies follow the standards and they offer flexibility in signing bonus, extra vacation time and other benefits. Be confident, when the interview reaches the stage of salary negotiations. It is very important to negotiate the salary in a right manner. Your attitude plays main role, when the interviewer offer less pay than what you expected.

  1. Are you a good team player?

You are, of course, a team player. Prepare some good examples to support your statements on your role. Speak about the abilities to make them believe that you can work in a team environment. Discuss about the work skills you possess that make you a valuable asset to any team, and what you could do as a part of their team to help make things run smoother and get the job done efficiently.

  1. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

Don’t be specific to particular numbers. Mention that you are going to give a long term commitment as long as you are comfortable in doing a good job.

  1. What is your philosophy towards work?

Explain your views towards work. Be precise and positive while explaining and explain the reasons which benefit the organization. Be confident that, while giving answers the job gets done.

  1. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?

If you experienced such situation, say yes and be honest and brief about the people involved. If you have never experienced, say no.

  1. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization

Highlight your strengths related to the position. Explain key skills which you have related to your job and how they can be an asset to your organization.

  1. Why should we hire you?

This is a very frequent question asked by the interviewers. Make sure that your answer should clarify how your skills, experience and knowledge can add value to the job. Explain them how your assets meet what the organization needs. Never compare with other candidates. Here is a sample of answer ”I believe I’m the perfect fit for this position. I’m very detail oriented, and I organize my work and time very efficiently. But what makes me unique? If I were in your position I would hire myself because of the passion for this industry and my optimistic personality. I want to make more of an impact than just doing my job. I don’t want to blend in with the company; I would rather want my addition to improve it.

  1. What irritates you about co-workers?

This is a very in-depth question. This question is routed to ask you to know the points that irritate you. Don’t be specific while answering the questions and give a common statement.

  1. What is your greatest strength?

Explore your positive attitude and stay positive. Focus on your skills like your ability to prioritize, your problem-solving skills, your ability to work under pressure, your ability to focus on projects, your professional expertise, your leadership skills and your positive attitude.

  1. Tell me about your dream job?

Don’t be specific about a particular job. Tell about a job which is related to your skills, experiences and academic background. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.

  1. Why do you think you would do well at this job?

Explain the several skills you have related to the job and your experience towards the job and interest.

  1. What is more important to you: the money or the work?

Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

  1. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?

You highlight your strength which you feel as more capable like loyalty, energy, positive attitude, leadership, team player, expertise, initiative, patience, hard work, creativity and problem solving.

  1. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?

Give some examples of your past job experiences when you have worked under pressure. Make sure that the examples should apply for the present position.

  1. What motivates you to do your best on the job?

This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement and Recognition.

  1. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?

Think before answering the question and be honest.

  1. How would you know you were successful on this job?

Tell your achievements in your job and awards you received if any. You set high standards and meet them with a successful outcome.

  1. Would you be willing to relocate if required?

This is also a common question asked in many interviews if the work demands. Be honest at the time of interview. If you say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no, this can create a lot of problems later on in your career.

  1. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.

  1. What qualities do you look for in a boss?

Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards.

  1. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

Be honest. Based on your qualification and experiences of the different roles, point that out.

  1. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job?

Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

  1. Do you have any questions for me?

Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? And what type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.

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