Hi ...
I am a MBA HR Fresher and did BE (EC) in graduation. In my campus interview i faced some questions which i found tricky to answer looking for guidance for the same.
1)In my MBA(HR) campus interview one recruiter from a telecom company asked me a question for a job offer based on my graduation degree(B.E(E.C)) as an engineer . What should be my response, it was completely awkward for me because i was there for the of HR manager?
2)In another interview I have been asked Do you drink alcohol?
Me: NO;
HR: But in my team of 10 members 9 are male and 1 female, we all drink together, we roll down on each others hands its in culture of our team, the girl with us is completely comfortable and behaves the same, if as a superior I offer you a drink will you accept or not?
Me: Sir in my professional life if you offer me advise i will follow you, but as far as personal life is concerned i feel it is not necessary that i should do every thing that you do.
Result : I dont got any job

From India, Pune
Mayur Shinde HR
Assistant Manager - Hr

Mayur Shinde HR

hi Reena,
The first question is indeed very tricky, you should have answered as below:
You should have said that my aspirations are to be come HR Manager and not a network enggineer, I did my BE because I wanted to get knowledge of Technical aspects in Telecom and I am much interested in Telecom industry as a HR person.
Second one, you answered right, that may not be the reson for rejection...

From India, Pune
Gaurav Sareen

Dear Reena,

The questions you've been asked are very common and will only increase as time goes by.

Gone are the days when an interview only comprised how a certain job, task, function, or activity was conducted.

Today, most interviews are designed to test a person's personality, communication skills, their response to stress, their fight or flight instincts, sense of humour, conflict resolution skills, and perhaps the most important of all - the ability to think on their feet!

That is why there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. All that matters is whether the response fits into the culture of the organisation where you are interviewing.

For instance, if you went to a SME and stated that you insist on following due protocol and chain of command in escalating a matter, chances are that they would look at you as if you came from Mars. Alternatively, if you gave that response at Infosys, they would snap you in a nano second. I realise this is a over-simplified and radical example, but is purely to illustrate my point. Of course there are myriad factors that impact hiring.

Why does this happen? Like I said, you as a linear and structured-thinking person are a better fit for the structured, tiered, formal, and procedure-oriented world of a behemoth like Infosys. Whereas, in the fast-paced, owner-centric, and extremely dynamic world of a SME or SMB your thinking and attitude may be perceived as a hurdle and obstacle. But, it doesn't mean that your answer is wrong or that your thinking is wrong. Its just that it is suited for a certain type of company and not for another.

The key to answer such questions is never to answer them as you would a technical question. Instead, try and create a visual of what the interviewer has just said to you. Then, convert that visual into a running movie and visualise yourself therein. Once you have your visual in your mind, almost always smile at the interviewer and say something like "that would be a new experience for me, wouldn't it? I too am interested in seeing how I would behave." And when you've said that, always have a light and genuine smile. Remember, these questions are to assess you as a person. Not whether you are an engineer who can make a toaster fly to Mars in 45 minutes and return an hour later.

I hope my reply helps you in your internal deliberations.

Good Luck and Remember the No 1 Rule in an Interview - Have FUN! - They are Definitely NOT the End of the World!!!

From India, Gurgaon
Mayur Shinde HR: Thank you sir for your response, but in feedback to placement team of my college, they mentioned it specifically for the reason of my rejection.
From India, Pune
Mayur Shinde HR

Well in that case, I would say that u saved urself from that HR.... you might have got the job there by answering "Yes", but ur future job might as well no be as good as u might have thought....
From India, Pune

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