To help the aspirants prepare well for the interviews, we tried to answer some of the most commonly asked interview question which can help a candidate to create his impression on the interviewer. Note that this is just to help the candidates, don’t recite them.
1) Tell me something about Yourself?
The answer to this question should do 3 things:
- Showcase your communication skills- One should take the opportunity to show his/her communication skills by speaking clearly and concisely in an organized manner. This question is more like an ice breaker letting you speak for a minute or so, displays that.
- Showcase your individual talents and uniqueness- This is the time for the interviewer to scan through your resume. Most of you write reading and listening as hobbies. It’s so common in all resume. Say something that grabs attention.
- Let you control the interview- Most interviewers get bored with all the same questions and answers. They are more than happy to take a new road if provided.
Note that you should not exceed this answer beyond 3 minutes. Avoid details.
2) Which is your favorite subject?
Sample Answer: “As a commerce graduate I really enjoyed accounting classes . My least favorite subject was Italian. I really had to work hard to carry an A-minus grade.”
3) What are you long term goals or where you see yourself after 5 years or so?
This is a very common question. They are trying to see how focused you are. It is a question where virtually any answer can get you into trouble, since you don’t know your interviewer. If you aim too high, you might come off as too ambitious and either won’t be around long enough to cover the cost of training or you’ll threaten their own position. If you aim too low, you lack initiative and won’t contribute enough to cover the cost of your salary.
Reassure your interviewer that you’re looking to make a long-term commitment that this position entails exactly what you’re looking to do and what you do extremely well. As for your future, you believe that if you perform each job at hand with excellence, future opportunities will take care of themselves.
Sample answer: I don’t have a specific plan! I would like to advance. However, I am flexible. I will do my current job to the best of my ability and keep my eyes open for opportunities within the organization to advance even if it means changing roles. I am prepared to learn new things and contribute to the overall success of the organization in a number of ways. The only specific within that “plan of willingness” is that the opportunity be within my ability to learn, interesting enough for me to dig in and do a good job, and the compensation increase a reasonable amount in relation to the demands of the position.
4) Why should we hire you?
The interviewer asks this question just to find out how your skills, experience and knowledge can add value to the job. Well to answer this question you need to learn what they are looking for and then tie them with your strengths. This ensures that you are a viable fit for the position. Present yourself, your abilities, skills and interests; above all, you should underline that your abilities match the company’s requirements.
Also, it will not be enough to just maintain you have particular skills but also have to prove / furnish evidence, which means you should think beforehand about which of the abilities and skills you have already applied in practice. Also keep in mind, Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.
The Interviewers are very Experienced and they will realize if you are saying truth or just trying to Outsmart them. Avoid using phrases like “This is the Best Company” or “I want to work in this field“. Instead, try to mention good things about you that are related to that job and this will surely prove your usefulness.
Remember that at the end of the day you have to make the interviewer feel that you are the right person for this job.
5) What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?
This is again a very commonly asked question. The Interviewer here wants to analyze how much you know of yourself.
Weaknesses :- You should not say that you do not have any Weakness. It shows that either you are Overconfident or have not assessed yourself and don’t want to talk about it. Similarly, do not say phrases like “I am short tempered” Or “I get angry very soon and can do anything in anger“. Rather you should genuinely mention the areas that are related to your professional life and you are trying to get better at them.
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