FAQ for MBA graduates – 1. Why should we hire you?

Answer: Explain how your knowledge, skills, ability and experience and willingness to learn new things make you the best candidate for the position and point out how those things according to the needs of the organization. Never compare yourself with any other candidate 2. What are your strengths? Answer: There can be numerous answers to this question but your answer should be always related to the current job you are interviewing for. You can mention some of professional strengths such as your ability to work under pressure, leadership skill, ability to focus on projects, positive attitude in working as a team member etc. 3. What irritates you about co-workers? Answer: This is a tricky question but you can answer it honestly. Answer anything that really irritates you or disturbs your work. Example – What really irritate me are people who pay more attention to their cell phone conversation and don’t follow instructions. 4. What is your ideal work environment? Answer: In an ideal work environment all employees are treated as fairly as possible irrespective of their position with equal opportunity to learn and contribute for the betterment of the organization. 5. Why do you think you would do well at this job? Answer: Provide several reasons including your interest, skills and past experience with other organization that can prove you. 6. What are you looking for in a job? Or tell me about your dream job? Answer: Don’t mention any specific type of job as it has both positive and negative aspects. Instead, answer something like this: A job that I enjoy doing the work while applying my present skills and also that provides me opportunity to learn something more.

A job that offers an opportunity to grow, growth in terms of position, responsibility and also salary that in tern provides a sense of fulfillment. 7. What is more important to you: the money or the work? Answer: “Money is always important but work is most important”. This is the most simple and effective answer. 8. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? Answer: There can be number of good answers like loyal, energetic, leadership quality, team player, patience, hard working etc. Just present it in a positive attitude. 9. What negative thing would your last boss say about you? Answer: The intent of this question is to describe your weaknesses. So it is always better to discuss the weakness that you have developed as your strength. Your answer should reflect in a positive way as such your last boss had pointed it out just to encourage you. Example - “S/he did not mean it as a negative point but suggest me to present my work in a little more dynamic and creative way”. I took help of my seniors and able to make some real improvement in my skills. 10. What kind of person would you refuse to work with? Answer: Don’t response in an ordinary way, as it would take it as unfaithfulness to the organization. Again any minor objection will present you merely as a complainer. So your answer should be in a practical way. For example: an irresponsible person who pays more attention to others rather his/her own duties. 11. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. Answer: This is to assess your attitude towards pressure. To answer this question give an example related to you’re past job and how did you handle it. Don’t hesitate to tell that usually you don’t easily cope with pressure but add that knowing the deadline in advance helps in working better in that condition.

12. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Answer: Answer should reflect that you like this job and describe this as it suits your profile and interest. 13. What motivates you to do your best on the job? Answer: This answer is based on your own feelings so it can be different for everyone. Example – courage to face new challenge, a hunger to achieve something new and a little recognition and identity really makes me to do the best on the job. 14. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? Answer: Be totally honest while answering this. It depends on your own comfort, so really doesn’t matter much. 15. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Answer: Interviewer wants to reveal your career plan whether in short term or long terms as far as the job and the company is concerned. Answer this in such a way that will show your ambition but in a practical way. Show the importance of the job you are interviewing for as a part of your career goal. Example – I have certain goals, which I wish to achieve with this company. I want to develop myself professionally in this company with complete dedication. 16. Would you be willing to relocate if required? Answer: This is totally based on personal comfort level. So no need to say yes if don’t want in really otherwise it will create a lot problem later on. 17. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own? Answer: This question directly invites your attitude of dedication and loyalty. So, just say ‘yes’ without its ethical implication.

18. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Answer: Don’t analyze your qualification and just say that you are well qualified for this position. 19. Describe your work ethic? Answer: Emphasize on the benefit of the organization. Answer should be like this: I want to work with complete determination and for the betterment of the organization and finally working means enjoying my work. 20. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? Answer: If you think that you can manage a team as a team leader then your answer can be a team leader. Otherwise, if you feel satisfied in any particular position then don’t hesitate to point that out. 21. How would you react if I told you that your interview, so far, was TERRIBLE? Answer: Never panic if you hear this question as the interviewer is just asking and not saying that it is terrible. He just tries to figure it out the way to react to criticism. No need to angry or show any kind of rigid attitude rather listen the question and response it calmly. 22. How did you handle challenges? Answer: Point out a specific situation in which you do some extra thing to find out a solution for the problem. Even you can mention a situation in which you have to complete the task within a deadline and how you manage to submit the entire project before schedule. 23. What were your expectations for the job? Answer: Interviewer wants to find out what you expected from your previous job and to what extent they met your expectation. Discuss honestly whether the position really workout for you or not but don’t rely more on negative aspect. Also mention if you have gone through certain kind of training for improving yourself according to the job.

Always focus on the job and not the company, co-workers or your supervisor. 24. What motivates you? Answer: The interviewer is just trying to figure it out the key to your being successful in this particular kind of job. Here you should focus on your interest and what you liked most about this job. You may mention that new challenges while handling new projects and a thirst to learn something new motivate you to give your hundred percent to your job for both personal satisfaction as well as for the point of view of organization. 25. What was most / least rewarding? Answer: This is one of the tricky question through which interviewer wants to find out things that you give prominence. The most important thing that do mention any responsibilities in the list of least rewarding that are going to be a part of this job. Always focus on things that are most rewarding and give prominence to positive value regardless of the question. 26. You would have admired someone for his or her work, what made you make him your role model? Answer: This does not hold that much importance as far as interviewee is concerned but one can answer it in three different ways: 1st - I have no role model though there are several people that mostly admires for their work which they do with complete dedication. 2nd - Point out a list of very prominent personality and explain their positive values that makes you consider as your role model. 3rd - Even you can include any one of your close as your role model with explanation of his personality. 27. What sorts of decisions are most difficult for you? Answer: The interviewer wants to find out whether you are hesitant or inclusive over important issues or not. One of the best answers can be that you are hesitant over an issue in which you have less knowledge.

So trying to find out the best of information about the topic before coming into any final conclusion. However, your answer should not reflect any weakness and try to point out any situation in which you have to make a decision without sufficient information. Also include in your answer that whenever you have to take a quick decision, you usually bank on your experience. 28. Tell us about a time when you had a personality clash with your co-worker or boss? Answer: The main intention of the interviewer is to find out how comfortable you are in getting along with others or not. Also the interviewer tries to find out what kind of co-workers or boss you want to work with. While answering this question is a little diplomatic and try to evade the question with a soft answer. Example: I have never face such situation and easily gotten along well with everyone I worked with. If you have come across such situation, then fell free to talk about the arrogant boss or irresponsible co-workers you have had to deal with. One can answer this question by distinguishing personality clash and clash of values but focus should be on work ethics. Talk about how your boss forced to do something unethical or how the irresponsibility of co-workers led to a conflict. 29. What qualities are essential to work in a team? Answer: It depends on the position one is applying for, if job requires working long hour alone, and then you can say that you love to work alone. But if you have to work with others then no need to say that you are uncomfortable with people. The most important thing is to get along with others in the workplace while working on team project. 30. How would you handle rejection? Answer: While answering this question one should not take it personally or get dejected. You should consider it as a part of job profile and take something positive out of it.

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