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Monday January 21, 2019

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Top 20 Interview Questions

There are many job seekers who stagger  through interviews as if the questions are coming out of nowhere. Whereas there are some interview questions. which are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence. 

1.   Tell me something about yourself?

This is the most often asked questions in interviews. You need to have a statement which tells about your qualification and your work experiences (if any). Prepare it in your mind before coming to the interview. Be careful that it should not sound rehearsed.  Talk about things you have done and your qualification and relate them to the position you have applied for.

2.   Where have you got your academic qualifications from and what was your GPA?

Talk about your College / University and your GPA. Maintain eye contact.  

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.    Describe your skills

Talk about what you are good at. But never forget to relate it with the kind of job you are applying for.

5.   How would you describe your ideal job?

Explain a job where your skills will be utilized to the maximum and allows you to grow within the organization.

6.   What do you know about our company?

Always research about the  company before going to an interview. Be well prepared. Find out the kind of work the company does. Find out what the current issues are and who the major players are.

7.   Why do you want to work with us?

Your answer 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.

8.   Why Do You Think You Are a Good Fit For the Company?

The employer is looking for evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, and coincides with your long-term goals. Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organization, and describe the attributes of the organization that interest you most.

9.   What sets you apart from other applicants?

The interviewer who asks you this is really probing your readiness for the job, your ability to handle it, your willingness to work hard and your fitness for the job. Show your readiness by describing how your experience, career progression, qualities and achievements make you an asset. Keep it professional, and focus on the value you'll bring to the position. Highlight your ability by discussing your specific skills and accomplishments, but don't forget to show your interest in the job itself.

10.  What makes you choose this career?
You can also point out the growth potential for anyone who joins the said profession. Highlight the scope for this kind of career in future. Do not forget to highlight your skills with your profession.

11.  What can you bring to this company?

It is the most important thing an organization expects from its employees. So be careful while answering this question. It is very important to understand the kind of role you will be playing in the organisation; therefore your answer should be accordingly.

12.  Explain how can you be an asset to our organisation?

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.

13.  How do you handle pressure?

I have learned the differences between negative stress and positive pressure and react accordingly. I reduce negative stress by dealing with the situation and perform under positive pressure by doing my best work.

14.  What is your most important accomplishment till date?

Choose an example from your previous company that was important to you and helped the company you worked for. Explain elaborately about what you did, how you did it, and what the results were. Employers like to hear about accomplishments that reduced expenses, raised revenues, solved problems or enhanced a company's goodwill.

15.  What are your short-term and long term goals?

Speak on how you want to build a strong presence in the industry, working for a company you respect and doing a job that I enjoy for your short term goals. For your long term goals you can say that you want to earn new responsibilities within the company, reaching higher positions and help the company succeed in the long term.

16.  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Emphasize that you want to secure a position that offers opportunities to grow, develop skills and take on challenges and responsibilities.

17.  What are your greatest strengths?

This is one question that you know you are going to get so there is no excuse for being unprepared. Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies e.g. your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared.

18.  What are your greatest weaknesses?

Describe a personal or professional weakness that could also be considered to be strength, and the steps you have taken to combat it.

19.  What kind of salary are you looking for?

Try not to specify a precise number at this point. Focus on how important it is for you to learn more about the job. If pressed to answer - give a range of what you understand you are worth in the market.

20.  Do you have any questions to ask us?

This is an opportunity for you to know about the company more. Ask questions about the company’s culture, advancement opportunities and what you can expect from your future colleagues.

Written by Roshni Chakrabarty

 

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