Bhartiya Akhil
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Aussiejohn
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Hello Members, I am sharing 15 important question asked by interviewer generally in any job interview. Please find the link below-
15 Interview questions which seems easy to ask but could be tricky to answer.
It would be helpful for freshers as well as experienced candidates.
Thanks

From India, Pune
Questions of this nature are not just tricky, they are a potential minefield, and need to be treated as such.

Q 1. Tell me about yourself?

Ans- You need to tell about your previous achievement and concluded by current experience. You need to speak more about your professional experience and education.For any personal information keep it short.

No. Read the job description and focus on a couple of points, eg problem solving, customer service, leadership, organisational skills, and relate it to the job your are being interviewed for. Education is on your CV. No need to repeat. Skip personal info, not relevant unless there is something specific you can relate to the job.

Q 2. What are your achievements?

You need to talk about all your accomplishment. If you are a fresher you will tell about your academic achievement, any event or project you worked on and completed successfully.

Not ALL accomplishments, pick one or two important and relevant ones to talk about and again, relate it to the job.

Q 3. What challenges did you face in your entire career and how did you cope up with that?

As question is itself clear that you need to speak about challenges you faced while performing your duty and how did you beat them. You have to keep it simple and clear instead of making it complex.

Pick one significant challenge and and answer as a STAR question What was the Situation, what was your Task, what Action did you take, and what was the Result.

Q 4. Where do you see yourself after 5 years?

Here interviewer most probably wants to know by your answer that how long you are going to stay with the organisation how you are going to be fit in the organisation and its culture.

They don't want to know how long you are going to stay. They want to know if you are motivated to develop your skillsets, and progress within the organisation. Will you be a worthwhile hire that the company can groom for bigger and better things over time. Are you a job hopper or career oriented.

Q 5. What is your life goal?

Interviewer want to identify what are your long term goals. whether interviewer can hire you on the basis of long term goals. for prospective profile or not.

Allied to the previous question. Are you in it for the long haul or just a job hopper looking for higher salary all the time rather than committing to a career.

Q 6. What was your last roles & responsibilities?

Tell about your last company's roles and responsibilities

This is already in your CV. Give a quick recap of major points, and move on.

Q 7. Whom do you report?

you need to tell about your immediate reporting person. which define what was your actual role in the team.Your supervisor or manager whom you report. It defines where were you.

Beware, this is a tricky question especially if you do not have a good working relationship with your current manager. Keep it brief and just outline the hierarchy. Keep right away from personalities, managerial styles etc.

Q 8. Why should we hire you?

Tell about your qualities which can differentiate you from others.where you can relate yourself with job requirements.

Pick a couple of qualities that relate solely to the job and what skills you can bring to the new organisation to assist them to meet their corporate objectives.

Q 9. In which function you think you are the best?

You need to explain in which function you are really good.May be that profile or relevant work is going to be assigned to you.

Again, solely related to the job you are being interviewed for in the first instance. Briefly mention anything else that could be useful to the organisation, and demonstrate willingness to bring other skills to the organisation.

Q 10. Why did you leave your last job?

You need to tell a valid reason.Your should be like due to person reason, career growth. But be prepared to answer in detail.

BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL with this one. It can often be a trap. Make sure you focus solely on something postive such as a lack of career opportunities to enable you to continue to develop and build your skill sets. Don't talk about personal reasons, and certainly NEVER mention inability to get on with former manager etc. If you previous company went out of business then that is acceptable.

Q 11. What is your strength and weakness?

This one could be tricky so you have to answer this question prudently.you can prepare a list of all the skill set which you think as your strength personally or professionally. while talking about your weakness you should always come up with an efforts you are taking for improvement.It shouldn't effect much.

Be very careful with the weakness. Ensure that you do not mention anything that can relate to the job. Pick a weakness that has nothing to do with the job you are being interviewed for, eg if you do not need to prepare presentations in the new job, then say your weaknesss is not being good at Powerpoint, BUT that you are working on it to get better. What ever weakness you choose, emphasise your improvement plan.

Q 12. Tell five good qualities about yourself?

Make a list of all the qualities which helps in building relationships and work effectively. As you have to get a job you have to tell all the best qualities which can make you valuable for the organisation.

Again, try to relate to the job and future prospects. Stay away from fluffy stuff and stay strictly business like.

Q 13. What is your salary expectations?

Its better not to tell exact figure and tell that its negotiable. still sometimes interviewer emphasize on figure so you better tell that from a break from least to highest figure.

That question is always fraught with danger. Be wary. You could price yourself out of a job. But that is not to say that you will work for nothing. KNOW your value to the organisation. Try and do some research on salaries before you get there.

Q 14. Why there is gap in your career or education?

Due to any reason you might have gap in your career.In that case you have to tell the genuine reason and keep it short & crisp and that also in a professional way. Because no body wants to listen your whole story but actual reason causes of gap in your job.

A good CV will be consistent with the dates and explain any breaks in the work history. If your CV shows unexplained breaks, then you are likely NOT to get an interview - unless you are an exceptional candidate.

Q 15. What question do you have for me?

You got an opportunity to ask what you want to know about the organisation. You need to ask some smart questions.After all you want to know that company is good fit for you or not.

Before you go to the interview, do intensive research about the company. Read press releases, search online for articles about the company. Know what their future plans are. Know what they do or manufacture etc. Don't walk in there without a clue. If there is an article saying they are about to spend millions of rupees on a new factory or are planning to develop and market a new product, ask questions about that. It shows them you are interested and have done your homework.

I taught job search candidates in interview skills for a number of years. Almost all my students got jobs. Most of this stuff is common sense.

From Australia, Melbourne
Thank you John, I really appreciate your elaborated points. Its good work you are doing. I know its seems so simple but for some people they definitely think later where were they wrong, if they couldn't make it.
From India, Pune
Dear John in Oz,
Good elaboration. Thanks.
I have different view on Q 13 on salary expectations.
I will rather give specific answer that I am drawing now X amount, I am looking for X + some thing and that is my market value. If I get that, then only I am looking for a change.
I should able to justify the some thing as well my market value.
Hope you will agree with me.

From India, Mumbai
Hi Akhil,
I think you have basically confirmed what I said which was to know what your value is and to be able to substantiate that to the prospective employer.
Salaries are a major expense to an employer. Many only want to pay a bare minimum. It is all about the bottom line, and if you can convince an employer that you can add value to the company and improve their bottom line, then you have a good chance of being able to nominate a starting salary or something close to what you feel you are worth. Now this is not an easy task and will require negotiation. If you are in sales, then evidence of your ability to increase sales and profitabilty year on year is going to assist you greatly. But other jobs will require more research and quantifiable data to enable you to impress an employer.

From Australia, Melbourne
I want to add one thing that its true that lot of things are mentioned in your cv but it doesn't mean you should not speak in detail. There are lot of things would be mentioned in your resume but interviewer want to hear from you.So don't try shortcut if they have time they want to listen you.if they don't have time so they themselves make it clear.so it's depends.
From India, Pune
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