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Interview FAQs

Interview FAQs

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Parul Institute of Management/PGDMSep 09
Frequently Asked Questions in Interviews (For summer/final placement)
Take care about some basic points in an interview:
Present facts and do not create stories.
Be truthful and honest.
Do not exaggerate.
Do not sit silent for long.
Respond to the questions and don’t react. (think before you speak)
Maintain healthy eye-contact and positive body language.
Do not be afraid. After all, the worst that can happen is you won’t get that job, the sky will not fall at your head! There are many fish in the sea…
1. Tell me about yourself. Or Introduce yourself. Etc.
This is an “ice-breakerquestion and generally asked to put the interviewee at ease.Answer this question by beginning with your family/cultural/regional background in shorteducational background – schooling, graduation, additional degrees work experience – parttime/full time, time of employment, what you learnt interests/hobbiesDevote more time in explaining educational background and work experience.
2. Why do you want to join our company?
This question is designed to check if you have done your homework before appearing for the interview. To answer this question in an effective way, do the following:Before the interview, gather as much details about the company as possible.Visit the website. Be aware of the following: turnover, no. of employees, scale of operations, product range, geographical presence of the company, share price. Prepare a listof points that you like about the company – eg. Employee friendly initiatives, CorporateSocial Responsibility, growth, research etc.Give reasons why you would like to work for that company and how as an employee youcan
contribute
to that organization.
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Do not exaggerate your strengths and do not say that you have no weaknesses. Try toanswer this question in a realistic way and always give the course of action that you areundertaking to overcome your weaknesses.For eg. My communication is good but my weakness is my vocabulary. For that I’mworking with my Prof. and referring to “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis.
4. Tell me about your achievements.
© Prof. Manish Parihar 
 
Parul Institute of Management/PGDMSep 09
Again, do not exaggerate and only tell about concrete and real achievement for which youhave proof. (certificates etc.) Also, try to talk about things which show your leadershipqualities, team-spirit, human skills, technical skills etc.
5. Why do you think MBA is necessary? Or Why you did MBA?
Tell about your personal aspirations and expectations of doing an MBA course. You can justify your reasons by saying that an MBA equips people to “generalize” in a wide rangeof job opportunities rather than “specialize” in a very small technical domain.
6. Area of interest in MBA?
Tell about your area where you would like to specialize: HR, Marketing, Finance or IB.Justify your answer based on secondary data (market demand of Marketing is always more,HR is required in every organization etc. etc.) and primary data (someone who hasmentored you or is a role model or you have met some people who say that IB is best for you etc.)Also justify your inherent interest in that area and what extra work you have done to showinterest in that area (eg. HR is my interest area and I work part time in an NGO to gainmore people-skills)
7. What is your ambition/goal/vision/etc. in life? Where do you see 5 years from now?What is your dream in life? Etc.
This question should be handled carefully. Do not give vague goals like I want to be theCEO of your company in next 10 years!Begin with your short term goals and which skills and knowledge you want to acquireduring your early career. (eg. I want to gain exposure in Branding and Selling in my firstcouple of years in my job)Then go on with your long term goals and justify the course of action that you will take toreach there. If you do not have long term goals, you can say so honestly. No need to createfanciful goals to impress the other person.
8. How did you know about our company?
Give the sources: newspaper, website, Ascent, placement office etc.
9. What are your interests and hobbies?
© Prof. Manish Parihar 

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