Frequently asked interview questions

This is your big day! You reworked on your CV, updated it and applied for jobs and you got an Interview call.

The best answer’s to Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Tell about yourself?

This is often the opening question in an interview, be extra careful and don’t reveal everything about you. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Focus on Family background, education, work history, and recent career experience (2-3 major accomplishments). This is an ice-breaking question so don’t be too elaborative. Do not just repeat what you have given in your resume.

What is your biggest weakness?

Never state a weakness that would lead an employer to think you are not the right candidate for the job. Simply say that you are a perfectionist and your commitment to deliver high-quality work is your weakness.

What salary do you think you deserve?

Don’t be impatient and utter your dream CTC, the number you give could be less than what the employer was planning to pay. Never give a number or you will be paid or negotiated for an amount that’s lower; instead, wait for the employer to give a range or ask for the salary the organization pays to its people at the same capacity.

Why should we hire you?

Keep analyzing your qualities, your strengths, and your career achievements from time to time as they will always come in handy when someday you are asked this question. Do your SWOT Analysis regularly! If you have a similar experience, you can elaborate as to how can it help in achieving success in your new assignment.

What didn’t you like about your last job?

Answer practically, like you felt the job responsibilities assigned to you were not much challenging as per your skill set and to advance in your career you are looking for a more challenging role.

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We find gaps in your resume. What were you doing this time?

You should be prepared to answer the question before hand. Make your answer crisp, brief and focused on the point and but do not be defensive.

Where do you see yourself in three to five years?

I would like, to be frank. Judge me from the work and I am sure you will put me right where I want to be.

What do you know about our organization?

Research, Research, Research my friends. As soon as you get an interview call, try to know everything about the organization and its competitors. You need to do a lot of groundwork before you attend the interview.

Why do you want to work for us?  

If you have done your research work appropriately, then you will surely have your answer ready for you. It should reflect in your answer that the company you want to be associated with has clear objectives and strives for success and the organization in which you have applied has these qualities. Mention your key strengths and the ones of the organization and a similar vision to continuously grow.

 What can you do for us that someone else can’t?

Speak about your accomplishments and the unique skills you possess. Tell the interviewer about your strengths and how you feel they will act in the favor of the organization and prove you as an asset for the company.

What do you look for in a job?

I would like to associate myself with an organization or rather take up a job in an organization that has a great vision to grow and the role I am assigned should be challenging and rewarding so that I can prove my worth.

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How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our company?

Be realistic. It might take 3 months to 6 months before you know the organization and what actually is required out of your role and only then you can start making a major contribution to the success of the organization that has hired you.

How long would you stay with us?

Emphasize your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization. I see myself here as long as we both think that I am contributing to the vitality of the company while still being grown through challenges.

Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position?

Be positive, answer in a way that reflects that your experience will help you to perform better and with time new growth opportunities will open up for you within the organization.

Do you possess leadership qualities?

Definitely! I love to work as a team and try to remain a friend and a guide to my team members so that the common work goals can be achieved and with their best performance each of them can get the desired growth.

What important trends do you see in our industry?

Here is where your research of the company and its major competition will help you. Based on your analysis of the Industry you are in or have applied for focus your answer on the latest industry specific contributory trends and the ones that can be modified for better results and performance.

What do you think of your boss?

Give a positive answer as your potential boss will critically analyze each and every word of yours as this will give him a picture as for how would you judge him and present him in front of others in future.

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What are your goals?

To keep growing in life as a professional as well as an individual and be an asset to each and everyone I am associated with.

How successful have you been so far?

So far I am happy with the way my career has progressed. With the challenges and opportunities offered to me till now, I have no complaints with my professional life.

Are you willing to relocate?

Tell your preference but do not specify that you will be not willing to work elsewhere.

Have you received any other job offers?

A positive answer can show that you are efficient. Your answer should be true as it may be verified.

Can we contact your references?

Sure! But be sure yourself that the references you give are people who will stand strong in your favor.

This job requires long hours will it be a problem for your family?

Frame the answer in such a way that you give equal importance to your work and family. You should be able to prove your credibility.

Are you in the habit of changing your jobs frequently?

Be honest and if you had changed the jobs frequently there could be ample reasons to do so.

How your colleagues and seniors describe you?

My supervisor and colleagues described me as a dependable worker. They have always appreciated how I prioritize and manage my responsibilities and the comfortable working environment I create for my team members.

Do you have any questions?

Most of us while facing an interview forget one of the most crucial aspects of a successful interview and that is that you are there to ask SENSIBLE questions, too. Clear all the doubts you have before you make any commitment from your end.

Wish you the very best of luck for your Job Interview!