Interview Questions and Answers

You always dream of acquiring that perfect job which fulfills all your professional desires and shapes your career path in a way that it gives a boost to all your future endeavors. For the very purpose you often have to go through some daunting processes that really pressure test you.

Finding the right job itself, isn’t easy enough and upon that when everything boils down to your performance in the interview, you really need to concentrate.  A lot depends on how well you have trained yourself in dealing with the stress and how equipped you are in dealing with the various questions asked at the interview.

The basic “mantra” that you need to adopt well before the interview day is to stay calm and confident enough throughout the interview process. Even minute signs of panic can 

deteriorate your impression in front of the interviewer and signify low self confidence.
Anticipating the best, you should prepare for the worst that could happen by sharpening yourself. You should look into the various nuances of the interview process and perfect that can be perfected.
One thing that definitely helps you is going through some basic and thus, important interview questions and answers .Doing so would relieve you of some of your stress so that you have a better chance at putting your best foot forward.
Here are a few basic questions that the interviewer is always keen to throw your way, to gauge your confidence level, implied skills, and therefore, your suitability for the job.

Tell me something about yourself.

This is the first question that any interviewer asks. This is supposed to be the ice breaker question. The interviewer gets you talking and also ends up gauging how confident you are about yourself. Here, you should not falter .After giving a brief account of yourself, instead of going into details about your life, you should just focus on talking about important and relevant things concerning your academic and professional career. 

Just remember that from this point onwards your answers should be focused, containing the information relevant to questions asked. Any unnecessary blabbering can prove to be risky.

What are your hobbies/interests? How deeply did you pursue them?

Answer this question genuinely as once you state a hobby that you had no idea about and was just aimed at impressing the interviewer you can badly goof up. The interviewer might ask further questions regarding your hobbies/interests penetrating deep into the topic. For example, if you say that you are a voracious reader, he might ask you questions about different books and writers in general, about which you would have no idea. In case reading is your cup of tea, it would still be wise not to forget to mention a particular genre you are interested in.

Tell me what do you know about this organization?

This particular question gives the interviewer an insight into how seriously and enthusiastically you seek this job. A detailed study about the organization, its background, the business or businesses it’s into, the people involved with the organization etc. would show that you completely dedicate yourself towards whatever you do and of course, you do know what you are going to do. Being informed will compliment your endeavors while you exhibit your interest in the organization.

What were your expectations for your last job and to what extent were they met?

Focusing on the question exactly as the interviewer asked, honestly cite what you expected from your last job, which could be in terms of exposure, training, learning or growth. Detail the interviewer if your expectations were met. Your answer should be specific to the job you were hired for and not the company or the people involved with the company. You can acquaint the interviewer regarding the various disappointments or the achievements/opportunities you managed in the tenure of your last job, with examples. In any case you should not be too negative about anything.

What interests you about this job?

All you need to ascertain here is that you are well acquainted with the organization beforehand and in particular the details regarding the post you are being interviewed for. You should also be well versed with the various responsibilities you will be endowed with in case you end up acquiring the job, so that you can integrate it with how all this will help you grow professionally and give you a better chance to learn. Have these details in mind and half your work is done.

Why did you quit or wish to quit your job?

You could cite many genuine reasons behind quitting or planning to quit your present job, as your circumstances suggest. Few such reasons are:

  • Things had become too redundant and monotonous providing no ground for learning.
  • Your vertical limits were being challenged no more and you could not showcase your abilities to the fullest .
  • Your skills and abilities were not fully utilized and you could not see any further opportunities to grow professionally.
  • There was problem in commuting as I daily had to spend an hour or above which was a shear waste of my productive time.

In case you had to quit your last job in a situation that was not ideal or you were fired, don’t ever aim at being negative about the organization. By being negative or harsh you will only end up showcasing you inability of taking criticism. Non-acceptance of your mistakes will reveal a negative facet to your personality in front of the interviewer. Sometimes, background checks are conducted by your interviewing company and so never try to conceal information as this could again put you in a bad position. Even if the mistake was not completely yours you could always state mildly that from your perspective what looked right was not acceptable for the company.

Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.

If you are asked different questions about your co-workers or supervisors/boss, you should never be spiteful. In case you do not show respect, you would look arrogant and a backbiter in front of the interviewer. In the worst case, he could take it to be your basic nature. Nobody will want to hire people who would not be able to deal with different situations and would resort to negatively handle any kind of issue. You could rather give examples of how you managed working with different people in spite of the situations not being in your favor.

Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?

You should ideally say that you are comfortable working both, independently and in a team. Both ways you will end up learning. In a team you will learn to establish a connection with other people, their ways of working, the art of taking collective decisions, handling disagreement but still working towards the common goal and seeing to it that nothing hampers the work. You also learn the art of self control and acceptability while working in a team. In case you are required to work independently you would definitely try to soar high in terms of the work you deliver, as you would face no barriers. You would put in all your individual efforts, your creativity and try to come out with flying colors.

What are your goals for the next five years / ten years? Or where do you see yourself five/ten years from now.

Keeping in mind the post and the company you are giving interview for, you should ideally suggest that you see yourself increasing your boundaries by taking up newer and demanding responsibilities. You see yourself growing dynamically while learning and enhancing your skills, so that wherever you are, you positively contribute towards any productive endeavor.

What are your biggest weaknesses and strengths?

In response to this question you need to play a little smart. You should never specifically admit your weaknesses. Rather you should co-relate your weakness to your strengths in such a way that it adds to your positive appeal. For example you could always say that you have an eye for detail which always delays the procedure. You always try your best to deliver work which is accurate and perfect and so timely delivery does become a problem sometimes, albeit you are working intensively on improving upon this. By quoting such example, you are also indirectly telling the interviewer that you are efficient, productive and would fully devote yourself towards the job. In addition to this, give examples to the interviewer regarding your strengths such as being competitive, quick learner, action-oriented etc.

What are your salary expectations?

In such a situation, you should always weigh the opportunities you have at hand. Consider the importance of this job, your total experience and then decide upon a salary figure that justifies your abilities and productiveness. But instead of opening up the dialogue, wherein you come down to figures, state that you are more concerned about your growth and how this particular post will help shaping your career. Probably after that if the interviewer insists you can state a figure keeping in mind the compensation this job is offering.

Why should we hire you?

In the answer to this question you simply need to connect yourself with the job description. You should emphasize on your various qualities that would help you take care of all responsibilities that come along with this job. How your abilities commensurate with those needed for the post. Emphasize on how this job would give you a chance to learn and grow and to fully utilize your abilities, skills, experience and qualifications.

Do you have any questions for me?

Always be prepared to ask questions, as this will show your degree of involvement and interest. Here again, the information you gathered about the company and your research about the role they could hire you for, plays a pivotal role. So, you can generally ask questions about how important your role would be in contributing productively towards the company or what will be your career path etc. You should never ask about the salary, working hours, or working days etc. Any company would be reluctant in hiring employees who would not make efforts in going that extra mile to fulfill their responsibilities with devotion.

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