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1. So, tell me a little about yourself. I'd be very surprised if you haven't been asked this one at every interview.

It's probably the most asked question because it sets the stage for the interview and it gets you talking. Be careful not to give the interviewer your life story here. You don't need to explain everything from birth to present day. Relevant facts about education, your career and your current life situation are fine. 2. Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job)? This should be a straightforward question to answer, but it can trip you up. Presumably you are looking for a new job (or any job) because you want to advance your career and get a position that allows you to grow as a person and an employee. It's not a good idea to mention money here, it can make you sound mercenary. And if you are in the unfortunate situation of having been downsized, stay positive and be as brief as possible about it. If you were fired, you'll need a good explanation. But once again, stay positive. 3. Tell me what you know about this company. Do your homework before you go to any interview. Whether it's being the VP of marketing or the mailroom clerk, you should know about the company or business you're going to work for. Has this company been in the news lately? Who are the people in the company you should know about? Do the background work, it will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and is genuinely interested in the company and the job. 4. Why do you want to work at X Company? This should be directly related to the last question. Any research you've done on the company should have led you to the conclusion that you'd want to work there. After all, you're at the interview, right? Put some thought into this answer before you have your interview, mention your career goals and highlight forward-thinking goals and career plans. 5. What relevant experience do you have? Hopefully if you're applying for this position you have bags of related experience, and if that's the case you should mention it all. But if you're switching careers or trying something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it's matching up. That's when you need a little honest creativity to match the experiences required with the ones you have. People skills are people skills after all, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to internal management positions, and so on.

there are a few ways to answer this but they should all be positive. an amazing problem solver or someone with extraordinary attention to detail. The fact that you're seriously looking and keeping your options open is what the interviewer is driving at. How are you when you're working under pressure? Once again. be honest and mention a few other companies but don't go into detail. however." 7. 8. you don't need to bring that up. what would they say about you? Ok. You're being asked to explain why you are a great employee. so don't hold back and stay do stay positive. If it's related. and you may actually PREFER working under pressure. time management and motivation. If some people from your past are going to say you're a boring A-hole. Have you done anything to further your experience? This could include anything from night classes to hobbies and sports. 11. You could be someone who thrives under pressure. If your greatest strength. 10. is to drink anyone . 9. Where else have you applied? This is a good way to hint that you're in demand. You want recognition for a job well done. a great motivator. this is not going to help you get your foot in the door. If your previous co-workers were here. Obviously anything to do with further education is great. even if it is. it's worth mentioning.6. You should be motivated by life's noble pursuits. You want to help others or be a leader in your field. and maybe have a few specific quotes in mind. What's your greatest strength? This is your chance to shine. "They'd say I was a hard worker" or even better "John Doe has always said I was the most reliable. You want to become better at your job. What motivates you to do a good job? The answer to this one is not money. this is not the time for full disclosure. but maybe you're spending time on a home improvement project to work on skills such as selfsufficiency. You may work well under pressure. without sounding like you're whoring yourself all over town. So. creative problem-solver he'd ever met. you may thrive under pressure. If you say you crumble like aged blue cheese. Stay positive. always.

take a look at salary. What's your biggest weakness? If you're completely honest. you need a good ending. Let's talk about salary. keep it to yourself. I've even heard "I think I'm too good at my job. Example: "I've been told I occasionally focus on details and miss the bigger picture. You may want to say. you're obviously lying. How can anyone function inside an organization if they are a loner? You may want to mention what part you like to play in a team though. Are you good at working in a team? Unless you have the I. 15. It's important here to focus on the word "implemented. Before you apply. you'll always answer YES to this one. so I've been spending time laying out the complete project every day to see my overall progress. and every time I got very close to that figure (both below and sometimes above)." There's nothing wrong with having a thousand great ideas. Even if you know the salary range for the job. This is a horrible question and one that politicians have become masters at answering. They say things like "I'm perhaps too committed to my work and don't spend enough time with my family. workrelated flaw that you're working hard to improve. if you answer first you're already showing all your cards.Q. Tell me a suggestion you have made that was implemented." Oh. it can often make people jealous." That could at least buy you a little time to scope out the situation. I'd say go for it. But if you do have a specific figure in mind and you are confident that you can get it. of a houseplant. "well. 14. You want as much as possible. the employer wants you for as little as you're willing to take. 12. you could be sly and say." Or. I'm more interested in talking more about what the position can offer my career. If your previous company took your .under the table or get a top score on Mario Kart. The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths." Please. let's keep our feet on the ground. but if the only place they live is on your notepad what's the point? Better still. that's something I've thought long and hard about and I think someone with my experience should get between X & Y. it's a great chance to explain that you're a natural leader. you may be kicking yourself in the butt. If you say you don't have one. If you're asked this question. "right now. there's a fireable offense. What are you looking for? Run for cover! This is one tricky game to play in an interview." 13. give a small.com for a good idea of what someone with your specific experience should be paid. I have on many occasions. It's the only answer.

19. "I can't work with anyone who's a Bronco's fan. it shows you as being negative and difficult to work with. and considered successful. Otherwise. Sorry. Well. You may got the job done but at what cost? Similarly. racists. rapists." That went over badly. The first time I just drew a blank and said. you're just someone looking for a bigger paycheck. Be prepared with a story about an idea of yours that was taken from idea to implementation. Is there anyone you just could not work with? No. you have a list as long as your arm. Simply answer this question with extreme tact. a big fat loss of memory. The best way to answer this one is to think for a while and then say something like "I've always got on just fine with my co-workers actually. but it was right at the start of my career when I had little to no experience. But . Has anything ever irritated you about people you've worked with? Of course. Tell me about any issues you've had with a previous boss. 20.advice and ended up going bankrupt. Would you rather be liked or feared? I have been asked this a lot. in various incarnations. In short. "I don't know. Otherwise you could be flagged as someone who's picky and difficult if you say. unless you're talking about murderers. you can work with anyone. I'd rather be respected." 18. Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction? It's not a very fair question is it? We'd all love to get paid a Trump-like salary doing a job we love but that's rare indeed. The interviewer is testing you to see if you'll speak badly about your previous supervisor." 17. you've never had any issues." You don't want to be feared because fear is no way to motivate a team. but remember that NOTHING is more important to you than the job. that's not such a great example either. But you can't say that. diplomacy and if necessary. Since then I've realized that my genuine answer is "Neither. if you're everyone's best friend you'll find it difficult to make tough decisions or hit deadlines. It's fine to say money is important. 16. Arrgh! If you fall for this one you shouldn't be hired anyway. thieves or other dastardly characters.

not other people's flaws. if I were offered the job of course. 22. Good luck and happy job hunting. and perfect employees don't cut out early for Jimmy's baseball game. in the role you're applying for and how that affects the rest of the company. Specifically.when you're respected. Focus on yourself and your talents. with one of the most common questions asked in interviews." You may also ask what you'd be working on. Finally. "because I'm great" or "I really need a job" are not good answers here. This directly relates to the research you've done on the company and also gives you a chance to show how eager and prepared you are. It's also good to avoid taking potshots at other potential candidates here. A good generic one is "how soon could I start. I'm afraid that you'll probably have to say yes to this one though. you're disloyal to the company. So. because you're trying to be the perfect employee at this point. As I'm sure you know. 23. . explain why I should hire you. If you say yes. You'll probably want to ask about benefits if they haven't been covered already. greeting this one with a blank stare is a rotten way to finish your interview. Always have questions ready. Are you willing to put the interests of X Company ahead of your own? Again. 21. This is a time to give the employer a laundry list of your greatest talents that just so happen to match the job description. another nasty question. you're a corporate whore who doesn't care about family. If you say no. do you have any questions to ask me? I'll finish the way I started. you don't have to be a complete bastard or a lame duck to get the job done.

OR Besides the details given in my resume. I am confident that the various tests that you have conducted will corroborate my competencies aptitude and right attitude for the job. 2) What do you seek from a job? I would like a job which gives me a chance to apply all that I have learned in college as well as one which enables me to grow as a professional. IN SHORT TRY TO ADVERTIZE YOURSELF BY CONVERTING YOUR FEATURES INTO STRENGTHS. vision and action. rational career progression. OR Great learning opportunities. good job satisfaction and opportunities to use my strength organization that gives me the opportunity to serve the organization and the society. YOU DO HAVE SOME STRENGTHS AND TRY TO CONVERT YOUR STRENGTHS INTO BENEFITS.1) Tell me something about yourself? I am a person with strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to get along well with people. I would like a role which enables me to make a difference. I believe in character values. .” You can answer in two ways : a) I am a hard worker and because of this ability I can work for additional hours to accomplish my tasks. I enjoy challenges and looking for creative solutions to problems. 3) How would you present your strengths ? Always remember “DO NOT SIMPLY STATE YOUR STRENGTHS. challenging roles. I am quick in learning from mistakes.

so I can handle any type of people and situations and also bring out the best from them in spite of conflicting situations or opinions.I am commitment oriented and hence I always enjoy the trust and confidence of my team mates which enables me to perform my duties very easily. 5) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? I see myself as a _______ in your esteemed organization where by with all my enhanced learning and skill. I am a quick learner. so I can any subject quickly and analyze my job and add value to it as well as I can identify the problem and solve them faster and better.” There’s a saying – Quote: “However small the thorn maybe it has the ability to pierce.” So never highlight your weakness unless specifically asked. b) My strength is that I have very strong values and ethics and a very good eye for detail. I am adaptable. I shall be able to make up a valuable and meaningful contribution to your . 4) Do you have any weakness? Always remember – “Try to specify your weakness as your strength and also highlight it as a benefit. I believe in strong relationships and have a very supportive family and very good friends. Answer: One of my weaknesses as I perceive it would be occasional compromise on time for quality and perfection.

it’s because of a failure to see both sides of the situation.” 9) Did you have any failures in your life? I failed to score a good percentage in my intermediate. Also since I do not quit in the face of toughest challenges. Accept it. I am certain that I would be able to achieve the targets that I set for myself and beyond. I’ve found that when conflict occurs. 7) Is there anything else that we should know about you that would impact our decision? I am a continuous learner and try to keep myself abreast of all developments in the field of IT. We had a disagreement on how to present our project report. 6) Tell us an incident where you had a problem with your team-mate. How did you handle it? Once I had a problem with my team-mate in college who was my partner in my field work assignment. I worked hard for it but scored less than what I expected. 8) How do you deal with criticism? “You can’t please everyone. You are your best critic. Those shortcomings are the areas of future improvement for me and I have undertaken seriously to improve .organization. so just please yourself. Some people are just not going to like you. I explained my point of view to her and asked her for her view point. At that point we found a compromise could be reached by incorporating both our ideas. 10) What have you learnt from your failures? From my failures I have learnt to analyze myself and find out my shortcomings.

never to feel rejected. .” Sir.” 11) If after sometime you start disliking the job? What would you do? Well. b) Your company has one of the fastest growth rates and turnover in the industry and that would mean a faster growth rate for me as a professional. 13) Can you give three reasons why would you like to join our company? Three reasons why I would like to join your company are: a) Since your company provides a strong core competency. before answering to your question I would like to ask you with your kind permission what salary you provide to new entrants in your organization at this level. One more thing I learned is never to give up. 12) What are your salary expectations? “Never bargain for your 1st job. It’s a cardinal rule. Quote: “Accepting a failure is a man’s great trait. If such things happen then I would try to improve and rectify myself. if such situation then my first priority would be to look within myself and try to find out any shortcomings or lack of skills and techniques. very strong value systems and best practices so I believe I have a strong vision of viewing me as a project leader in your company.myself on those relevant areas. Still if I don’t get an answer then I will speak to my seniors and colleagues to learn my mistakes so that I become more user friendly to my organization.

b) Co-operation or Interpersonal skills i. Try to ask more about the company to show how early you can make a contribution to your organization like “Sir. so that I can analyze and improve my strengths and rectify my shortcomings. perks.e how well the employees adapt or adjust themselves with a wide variety of situations.c) The practices of your company are more employee and customer oriented.e how well one is able to perform his job with the least possible supervision. with your kind permission I would like to know more about induction and developmental programs?” OR Sir. I think your company measures success in an employee in three parameters – a) Competence i. 16) Why from ECE to IT domain? Sir. 14) Do you have any questions to ask us? Never ask Salary. as u know that ECE/CSE/IT are sister branches and all are interrelated and secondly I think it will be of my best if I utilize my sharp analytical skills in a software industry so I basically do not have any problem to “SWITCH” . 15) How do you think our company determines success in an employee? Well. c) Integrity of characters – well a man with the above mentioned factors but lacks character is incomplete and unsuccessful. I would like to have my feedback. etc. leave. place of posting. since I am a student of ECE. regarded questions.

how prioritizing happens and how accurate decisions which affect numerous stakeholders are made. What three things you will need to survive? Food. 18) Suppose I tell you I don’t like your face. I would associate my determined attitude with the can’s tough exterior. they know what the next big things are and their risk taking abilities. you definitely would agree that I have other qualities that appealed you.” 19) Suppose you find yourself in a deserted island. bubbling with enthusiasm. There’s a saying – Quote: “A man’s face is not indicative of his abilities.” “A book is not judged by its cover but it is judged by its contents. for which you are now interviewing me. Water and Hope (that one day I will definitely come out from this island). 17) If you were an animal/ a can of soup/ some other random object which one would you prefer and why? I would be a can of soup – one that has a variety of flavors.from ECE to IT. OR I would like to be the mind of the CEO – I would then know exactly how complex issues are so thoughtfully analyzed. And I believe flexibility must be there within us to progress in life. I would know how almost intuitively. I would believe that whatever the label on the can. then why should I select you? Even if you do not like my face. . the content are always a surprise.

systematic and to the point.blogspot. Through my answer my true worth as a dynamic and competent professional has come out fair and square and I am happy with my performance which would ensure my selection in this esteemed organization. Let me explain how. 21) How do you think you conducted or performed during this interview? I think I have conducted myself in the best possible manner by satisfying your queries through my specific answers which I feel were logical. we need to tackle it from the mental and physical stand-point. how please explain? Sir. I always prioritize my job in their exact order of merit and importance so that I can dispose them off quickly and effectively. I can handle pressure of work. 22) Can you work under pressure? If yes. Well I can go to any part of the country or even abroad if situation permits. Whenever there is pressure of work.20) How mobile are you? I am absolutely mobile. Mental stand-point would mean being in a state of relaxation and composure so that I do not feel stressed out during the course of my work and from physical stand-point.com . For more answers and details. visit : http://uttambpt.