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Dear Ravi,Well next time you come across this question, rather than thinking HR folks are stupid enough to ask silly questions; maybe you could look at it in 2 angles:

1). CV formats are available all over the internet, so people just edit their details and are happy with fine good quality Cv's; but you should look at the covering letter they come up with. Instantaneusly the gap between CV and the letter portrays. People who are in recruitment have this experience of laughing out at such CV's and believe me it provides good entertainment. So to gauge that difference, the most ideal question is introduce yourself. You'd be surprised to know quite a high number of candidates aren't aware what they've filled in their CV's; or they start stuttering.

2). There's more of a technical side involved. Nobody is interested to know your life history, and well your CV is properly gone through, only then do you get calls for an interview. What employers want to know is how useful are you going to be for them. Why should anybody hire you coz you did your schooling or college from a big brand? Only when you can sell yourself and your competencies will it sound business to them. So ideally speaking instead of the usual ramble about school/college/percentage/parents/background [which is already before them in black and white]; quote your experience and your skills, what you've learnt so far and how can you bring about a change or evolution in their working style that brings benefits to them. I hope Prashant even you could follow heed. Plus the 13 years of experience behind you, and a Symbi product; definitely the learning must be extraordinary. Infact if you've noticed, in this recession times; a number of newspaper articles and forums over internet are talking about the technicality behind "Tell me about yourself". Maybe going through some of them, could give you a better idea.

Dear Friend,
" Tell me about yourself ?" is very basic questions. But I don't think that HR person who is not intrested to view the CV are asking this sort of questions. Through this question you can undersatnd the person - communication, Way of talking, attitude of the person.
In case of walk - in interview,where many candidates are coming for the interview, you can shortlist the candidates in short time period.


I found this discussion quite interesting as there are very different point of views. My opinoin comes from two different positions: as a candidate, when I participated at the number of interviews and as HR myself on how I behave with the potential candidates.
On the way I agree that quite often, maybe in large organizations, maybe in our country, I don't know......but HR, I met during the some of interviews was really erogant, selfish and un-fair. There were a few interviews which I didn't pass and nobody explained me what was the reason while I was very confident and was sure in my presentation skills. You know this is the main reason why people start feel so bad about HR as it was shown here in some comments. I understand these guys as I have experienced the same feelings.
Now, working as HR myself, I try not to have the same mistakes and try to behave with people I interview fairly, with the respect and try to encorage candidate to feel comfortable. Because when the candidate feel comfortable he/she open all the potential. To rest of candidates, I send out explanations why they don't pass. Recently, I due to such approach we found the candidate which is so good that even the Cop was in shock on how we could find her.
We always should respect people and don't look at them from the up if they are unemployed, as this is the life and nobody knows what can happen with you tomorrow

@ Mr. Ravi
It's really sad to see a professional behave and comment in such ridiculous ways. Believe me [and I don't care even if you don't] such attitude and rigidity sucks big time!!!!! Professioanlism is just a means of adding some discipline to one's life along with things he/she likes to do. A career interest is developed and created. Its not something you pick up from the pavement. And even if its not something you wanted to do, eventually you started liking it; only then do people do good jobs. Else your an inactive worker contributing to labour loss hours of the organization.

Hi, Asha,
This is expected from you, even I do not agree with Mr. Ravi that HR Executive has waiting for him with red carpet and offer letter. Anyway its time to counsel all this behavioral disorders.

see HR round is more informal.. their second question is based on the answer you give to first one. in such interviews, presenting ourselves is quite common man. venu
Guys lets just stick to the topic instead of pounding Mr Ravi. He is just a common attention seeker, let him be and ignore him. Cheers, Devashish.
Dear, A persons attitude varies with his experiences. Its not their problem basically. We HR folks hould understand all the facts.
well when the question "Tell me something about yourself is asked", the objective is to find out things that are not mentioned in your resume, something that would help you in establishing ,how are you suitable for the position you are applying for, your work experince and academic information are fine, but how exactly would you fit in the organizational culture[dude if you have just know two or three pages about yourself depending upon the lenghth of your resume....i do not think its great...!!,,,:-D]
You are very right Mr. Rai, we noticed most often that Mr. Ravi responded so irritatively, any way I would like to add some hints related with topics;
1. Tell me about yourself:

The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?

You should always 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.

5. What do co-workers say about you?

Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?

This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. 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. Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. 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. Anything else is a distraction.

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

This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?

Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought

11. What kind of salary do you need?

A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, that’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player?

You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

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

Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in

15. What is your philosophy towards work?

The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That's the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

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

If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

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

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?

Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made

Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

21. What irritates you about co-workers?

This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?

Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: 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, Your positive attitude

23. Tell me about your dream job.

Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. 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.

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

Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?

See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

27. 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.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor

Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?

Don't get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?

Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

33. 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, Recognition

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

This is up to you. Be totally honest.

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

Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success. Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not 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. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style.

Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational
style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and
thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?

Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

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

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

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?

First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

44. 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. All bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.

Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

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

Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic.

Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

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

Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. 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.

Hope you all like it,except ravi


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