50 COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it. 1. Tell me about yoursel ! 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 !obs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. "tart with the item farthest back and work up to the present. ". W#y $%$ you lea&e your last 'ob( "tay positive regardless of the circumstances. #ever refer to a ma!or problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors$ co workers or the organi%ation. &f you do$ you will be the one looking bad. 'eep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity$ a chance to do something special or other forward looking reasons. ). W#at e*+er%e,-e $o you #a&e %, t#%s %el$( "peak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. &f you do not have specific e(perience$ get as close as you can. .. Do you -o,s%$er yoursel su--ess ul( You should always answer yes and briefly e(plain why. ) good e(planation is that you have set goals$ and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. 5. W#at $o -o/0or1ers say about you( Be prepared with a quote or two from co workers. *ither a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. +ill ,lark$ a co worker at "mith ,ompany$ always said & was the hardest workers she had ever known. &t is as powerful as +ill having said it at the interview herself. 2. W#at $o you 1,o0 about t#%s or3a,%4at%o,( This question is one reason to do some research on the organi%ation before the interview. -ind out where they have been and where they are going. .hat are the current issues and who are the ma!or players/ 5. W#at #a&e you $o,e to %m+ro&e your 1,o0le$3e %, t#e last year( Try to include improvement activities that relate to the !ob. ) wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self improvement. 0ave some good ones handy to mention. 6. Are you a++ly%,3 or ot#er 'obs( Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. 'eep the focus on this !ob and what you can do for this organi%ation. )nything else is a distraction.

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yo. 8o0 lo.an you tell me the range for this position/ &n most cases$ the interviewer$ taken off guard$ will tell you. But since you need to work$ this is the type of work you prefer. 12. ) nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. 15. Do you 1. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.e( 8o0 $%$ you eel about t#at( This is serious.hen it comes to the organi%ation versus the individual who has created a harmful situation$ you will protect the organi%ation.ou3# mo.o09 0oul$ you( )nswer yes if you would.7. 15. .$ o salary $o you .yo. &nstead$ say something like$ That1s a tough question. "hort and positive$ showing a benefit to the organi%ation. . &f you have$ be honest$ brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organi%ation involved. 10. 1). 11.. "incerity is e(tremely important here and will easily be sensed. W#y $o you 0a. Be sure to have e(amples ready. )t the same time$ you will do it when it is the right thing to do. 1". Then give a wide range. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of. 8a&e you e&er #a$ to %re a.o0 a. "omething like this should work3 &1d like it to be a long time. 1. This is a key point. That1s the type of answer that works best here. Are you a team +layer( You are$ of course$ a team player.( &f you have not$ say no.ee$( ) loaded question. 4r )s long as we both feel &1m doing a good !ob. as1e$ to lea&e a +os%t%o.( This may take some thought and certainly$ should be based on the research you have done on the organi%ation. 2o not brag$ !ust say it in a matter of fact tone. 8a&e you e&er bee. 2o not say yes if you do not mean it.%4at%o. Patni GE Confidential . "o$ do not answer it. W#at %s your +#%loso+#y to0ar$s 0or1( The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. W#at 1%.e 0#o 0or1s or us( Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organi%ation.ey to ret%re r%3#t . Relate it to your long term career goals. I you #a$ e. 2o you have strong feelings that the !ob gets done/ Yes. 2o not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people.3 0oul$ you e*+e-t to 0or1 or us % #%re$( "pecifics here are not good. "pecifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. &f not$ say that it can depend on the details of the !ob.t to 0or1 or t#%s or3a. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives.

"tay away from a specific !ob. &t gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed.3t#( #umerous answers are good$ !ust stay positive. :inor ob!ections will label you as a whiner. W#at are you loo1%. W#y $o you t#%. Tell me about a su33est%o. 0oul$ you re use to 0or1 0%t#( 2o not be trivial. ) short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great. W#at 1%.16. W#at %s your 3reatest stre. &f you say another !ob is it$ you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired.ey or t#e 0or1( :oney is always important$ but the work is the most important. W#y s#oul$ 0e #%re you( 6oint out how your assets meet what the organi%ation needs. 17. &f you say the !ob you are contending for is it$ you strain credibility. Tell me about your $ream 'ob. E*+la%. 4ne related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.3 or %. You cannot win.t to you! t#e mo. W#at %rr%tates you about -o/0or1ers( This is a trap question. #o0 you 0oul$ be a. The best is to stay genetic and say something like3 ) !ob where & love the work$ like the people$ can contribute and can1t wait to get to work.$ o +erso. 5ive a little advance thought to this relationship. You should be an(ious for this question. "". W#at %s more %m+orta. There is no better Patni GE Confidential . "5. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. "0. ". ) few good e(amples3 Your ability to prioriti%e$ Your problem solving skills$ Your ability to work under pressure$ Your ability to focus on pro!ects$ Your professional e(pertise$ Your leadership skills$ Your positive attitude "). &t would take disloyalty to the organi%ation$ violence or lawbreaking to get you to ob!ect. 2o not mention any other candidates to make a comparison. "5.1 you 0oul$ $o 0ell at t#%s 'ob( 5ive several reasons and include skills$ e(perience and interest. a 'ob( "ee answer 7 89 "2. "1. you #a&e ma$e 0ave a good one ready.. asset to t#%s or3a. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful.%4at%o.

2o not say yes !ust to get the !ob if the real answer is no. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. Are you 0%ll%. W#at 0oul$ your +re&%ous su+er&%sor say your stro. 2o not worry about the deep ethical and Patni GE Confidential . Your outcomes are a success. Do your s1%lls mat-# t#%s 'ob or a. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure.( This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. a#ea$ o your o0.answer. Woul$ you be 0%ll%. &f you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss$ you may well below the interview right there.3 to relo-ate % re:u%re$( You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up.$er +ressure. )). )1. )5. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief. t#%s 'ob( "everal ways are good measures3 You set high standards for yourself and meet them. "afe areas are few but can include3 #ot enough of a challenge.ot#er 'ob more -losely( 6robably this one.ompany did not win a contract$ which would have given you more responsibility. 5ive an e(ample that relates to the type of position applied for.o0 you 0ere su--ess ul o. 2o not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another !ob more than this one. )5.Your boss tell you that you are successful )2. "6. You were laid off in a reduction . )". Tell me about your ab%l%ty to 0or1 u. 8o0 0oul$ you 1.$s( This is up to you. W#at #as $%sa++o%..3 to 0or1 o&ert%me( N%3#ts( Wee1e.3 to +ut t#e %. "tay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.terests o t#e or3a.hallenge$ )chievement$ Recognition ). )0. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Are you 0%ll%.te$ you about a 'ob( 2on1t get trivial or negative. Be totally honest. W#at mot%&ates you to $o your best o. t#e 'ob( This is a personal trait that only you can say$ but good e(amples are3 .t %s( There are numerous good possibilities3 Loyalty$ *nergy$ 6ositive attitude$ Leadership$ Team player$ *(pertise$ &nitiative$ 6atience$ 0ard work$ .3est +o%.%4at%o. Tell me about a +roblem you #a$ 0%t# a su+er&%sor Biggest trap of all.reativity$ 6roblem solver "7.

)7. . .5. W#at #as bee. Des-r%be your ma. .3 a +erso.t style.philosophical implications. &f you are comfortable in different roles$ point that out. a boss( Be generic and positive.if true< that you are a hard working quick learner. ot#ers. your b%33est +ro ess%o.( Regardless of your qualifications$ state that you are very well qualified for the position. "how acceptance and Patni GE Confidential . 6ick a specific incident. a team 0or1%.6.2.3 o. :ake it small$ well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned.". Do you t#%. you #el+e$ resol&e a $%s+ute bet0ee. 8o0 $o you +ro+ose to -om+e.y bl%. or t#%s 'ob9 0#at 0oul$ you loo1 or( Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have. )ll bosses think they have these traits. +ust say yes. . Do you #a&e a. . W#at #a&e you lear. a +ro'e-t( Be honest..oncentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled. .al $%sa++o%.5..-e( -irst$ if you have e(perience that the interviewer does not know about$ bring that up3 Then$ point out . Things like$ determination to get the !ob done and work hard but en!oy your work are good. )6. *mphasi%e benefits to the organi%ation. $o you +re er o.e$ rom m%sta1es o. "ome of the more common labels$ like progressive$ salesman or consensus$ can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management e(pert you listen to. . "afe qualities are knowledgeable$ a sense of humor$ fair$ loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards.0.tme. I you 0ere #%r%. 2o not hand it to them. &f you know about blind spots$ they are no longer blind spots.sate or your la-1 o e*+er%e.1 you are o&er:ual% %e$ or t#%s +os%t%o. The situational style is safe$ because it says you will manage according to the situation$ instead of one si%e fits all. )n e(ample would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a pro!ect and thus throwing coordination off. .$ s+ots( Trick question.).t( Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Try to avoid labels. Tell me about a t%me 0#e. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. . Des-r%be your 0or1 et#%-. t#e 'ob( 0ere you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. W#at +os%t%o. 2o not reveal any personal areas of concern here. . W#at :ual%t%es $o you loo1 or %.1.a3eme.

Patni GE Confidential . =uestions prepared where you will be an asset to the organi%ation are good. . 0ow soon will & be able to be productive/ and .hat type of pro!ects will & be able to assist on/ are e(amples.s or me( )lways have some questions prepared.y :uest%o. Do you #a&e a. you #a&e #a$ o. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organi%ation. t#e 'ob. 50. Tell me about t#e most u.no negative feelings.7.

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