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Frequently asked questions in an interview.

 So, tell us about yourself?
Undoubtedly the most frequently asked interview question. It's a question that most
interviewees expect and the one they have the most difficulty answering. Your
answer should be in alignment with your career objective which means that you
shouldn't respond with comments about your hobbies, spouse, or extracurricular
1. Start with a brief introduction. Talk about skills that are key to the position applied
2. Provide a summary of your recent work history Fresher should talk about Summer
Internship and other projects done in MBA. Keep your response limited to your PG
projects and internship. Don't talk about graduation projects.
3. Tie your response to the needs of the organization. Demonstrate how your
experience and skills are transferable to the open position.
4. Ask an engaging question. By asking a question you gain control of the interview.
Doing so will alleviate the stress you may feel to perform.
Sample: What strategies are currently underway to reduce the employee turnover
and improve morale?
 What's your greatest strength & weakness?
Highlighting strengths & accomplishments
Use specific examples to highlight your accomplishments. Explicit numbers, results
and outcomes. Generic words are meaningless unless backed by data. For example,
instead of using the word "significant," use a number or percentage. Strengths that
you can highlight:
Committed, Action-oriented, Inquisitive/Curious, Long term approach, Fast learner,
The one question candidates love to avoid is, "What is your greatest weakness?"
Do not give superficial answers like "I'm a emotional" or "I'm a short tempered" or
"I'm a perfectionist." These are boring and predictable answers and interviewers are
used to hearing. They can even come back and say, "That doesn't sound like a
weakness. Now why don't you tell me about a real weakness?" So state a true
weakness that doesn't have a major impact on your ability to do the job.
Sample: If you are applying for a non -managerial role
"In the past, I've had some trouble sharing responsibilities with others. I felt I could
do things better and faster myself. This sometimes backfired because I'd end up
with more than I could handle and the quality of my work would suffer. But I plan to
take courses in time management and effective delegation" OR "I am weak in
accounts and had a tough time when I was asked to work on a project with the
Finance team. I have enrolled in an online program on basic Finance to overcome

 How would you……? (Problem solving question)
The interviewer isn't looking for a "right" or "wrong" answer. They are more
interested in understanding your thought process. Show your ability to think
logically and demonstrate problem-solving capabilities by:
1. Ask questions to confirm exactly what the interviewer is looking for.
2. Explain how you would collect the information and data required to develop a

I believe a job as an H. You might start your answer in this manner: “In my job search.T. I’ve investigated a number of companies.  Why should we hire you? Being specific and highlighting your strengths versus the competition is the key here. Don’t say. “Well. people. management style. revenues.. Stay away from generalities like 'I am the best' or I am very hard working and dedicated" etc. Sample Answer: In the past.R. Sample Answer: As your company has a strong performance based culture.” What else would you like-animals? 2 . I have implemented projects on attrition management helping bring down the employee turnover rates by 4%. I believe this experience of mine and knowledge will add value as employee retention is amongst your company's top priorities.. in five years time. HR etc)? The interviewer wants to learn what you know about the chosen career. Being armed with a Master's degree in H. I. history and philosophy. Talk in quantifiable terms that will make you stand out and pinpoint the qualities you have that are truly valuable to the company. goals.3. and make it clear that you wish to learn more. image. Tell how you'd use the information you gathered to develop and analyze alternative courses of action. Give real examples that show them you are best-suited for the job. for these reasons…” Give your answer a positive tone. I see myself playing a key role in the company's marketing initiatives in the role of a Brand manager.  Why do you want to make a career in . (Sales. but don’t overwhelm the interviewer.  What do you know about our organization? You should be able to discuss products or services. 4.R executive will give me an opportunity to put my natural skill sets and education to practice. But don’t act as if you know everything about the place. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research.  Why do you want to work for us? The deadliest answer you can give is “Because I like people. even if that is why you’re there. Sample Answer: I have always been a people's person and counseling is a skill that comes naturally to me. The interviewer does not want to hear about your dream vacation that you plan to take in five years or the industry that would like to be in. Stick to professional goals and aspirations while answering this question. Knowledge about the domain and the job shows the interviewer you are interested and demonstrates initiative on your part. explaining how you feel it's the best option based on the info you were given  Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? The aim of this question is to test your foresightedness and also gauge if you plan for the future. Share your solution or recommendation. problems. and that’s why I’m here”. Yours is one of the few that interests me. Talk about company related objectives. reputation. This is an opportunity for you to show that you want to succeed in the company and are keen to create a career path there. everyone tells me that you’re in all sorts of trouble.

Make sure that you really do understand what the position involves before you attempt an answer. while you would expect to meet pressing demands and pull your own weight from the first day. If the company places a great deal of emphasis on research and development. Keep your answer brief and task oriented. your answer should mention that fact and show that you would like to be a part of that function. You might say that your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with. it might take six months to a year before you could expect to know the organization and its needs well enough to make a major contribution. identify problems.  What do you look for in a job? Keep your answer oriented to opportunities at this organization. “As long as we both feel achievement-oriented. combined with this history of getting results. and mention a single. and use your experience and energy to solve them. ask the interviewers. but admit that you would have to continue to feel challenged to remain with any organization. he / she may answer the question for you. and throughout the interview. Mention your ability to set priorities.”  Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position.Here. a good answer comes from having done your homework so that you can speak in terms of the company’s needs.  What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it? List three or four attractive factors of the job. Make your answer oriented toward opportunity rather than personal security. For example. and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments. Say that your skills and interests. unattractive item. If the organization stresses financial controls. What’s Your opinion? 3 . Say that. Talk about your record of getting things done. make you valuable.  How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm? Be realistic. and that it’s doing them in ways that greatly interest you. and perhaps an obligation. emphasize the fact that you want to create new things and that you know this is a place in which such activity is encouraged. Your homework should include learning enough about the company to avoid approaching places where you wouldn’t be able -or wouldn’t want.  Please give me your definition of [the position for which you are being interviewed]. Think in terms of. to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical.  What can you do for us that someone else can’t? Here you have every right. minor. Think in terms of responsibilities and accountability.  How long would you stay with us? Say that you are interested in a career with the organization. If you are not certain. But even if you should succeed at it. your prize is a job you don’t really want. it’s difficult to con anyone in an interview. Since most of us are poor liars. your answer should mention a reverence for numbers. Talk about your desire to perform and be recognized for your contributions. if the organization is known for strong management.

“I understand that the range for this job is between Rs. The most difficult task is to motivate and manage employees to get something planned and completed on time and within the budget. Here. either by asking the interviewer or search executive (if one is involved). choosing a solution and implementing it”). Mention that you would like to hire people who appear capable of moving up in the organization. and the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and effectively with others. Rely on example to buttress your argument. Observe that experienced executives are always at a premium. You might consider technological challenges or opportunities. Mention that a strong company needs a strong staff. Possible styles include: task oriented (I’ll enjoy problemsolving identifying what’s wrong.______ and Rs.  What important trends do you see in our industry? Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry. say that the range seems right to you. you might say that you feel you need to know more about the position’s responsibilities before you could give a meaningful answer to that question. Say that a growing. energetic company can never have too much talent. A participative style is currently quite popular: an open-door method of managing in which you get things done by motivating people and delegating responsibility. Suggest that since you are so well qualified. think about whether your style will let you work happily and effectively within the organization. new opportunities will open up for you. If there is.” You might answer the question with a question: “Perhaps you can help me on this one.  Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top managerial potential? Keep your answer achievement and ask-oriented. and if you can live with it. the employer will get a fast return on his investment. too.Emphasize your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization.  What is your management style? You should know enough about the company’s style to know that your management style will complement it. and say that you assume that if you perform well in his job. or even regulatory demands as you collect your thoughts about the direction in which your business is heading.  What will you look for when You hire people? Think in terms of skills. resultsoriented (“Every management decision I make is determined by how it will affect the bottom line”). but continue to stress the fact that the job itself is the most important thing in your mind.______.  What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or executive? Mention planning. economic conditions. or even paternalistic (“I’m committed to taking care of my subordinates and pointing them in the right direction”). execution. and cost-control. initiative. We suggest that you defer tying yourself to a precise figure for as long as you can do so politely. That seems appropriate for the job as I understand it. you can try to find out whether there is a salary grade attached to the job. As you consider this question. Can you tell me if there is a range for similar jobs in the organization?” If you are asked the question during an initial screening interview.  What do you feel this position should pay? What are your salary expectations? Salary is a delicate topic. or in research done as part of your homework. Don’t sell yourself short. Stress your experience and your energy. You might say. The interviewer may be trying to determine just how 4 .

Present a positive and confident picture of yourself. but don’t overstate your case. you’re happy with the way your career has progressed so far. Don’t answer. Given the normal ups and downs of life. “Everything’s wonderful! I can’t think of a time when things were going better! I’m overjoyed!” is likely to make an interviewer wonder whether you’re trying to fool him / her or yourself. you know that the company is genuinely interested in you and that it is likely to be flexible in salary negotiations. Don’t leave the impression that money is the only thing that is important to you. say as little as you can about salary until you reach the “final” stage of the interview process. But whenever possible.  What are your long-range goals? Refer back to the planning phase of your job search.” Relate your goals to the company you are interviewing: ‘in a firm like yours. you feel that you’ve done quite well and have no complaints. all-in-all. The most convincing confidence is usually quiet confidence.much you want the job. “I want the job you’ve advertised. Link questions of salary to the work itself. 5 . An answer like. At that point. I would like to…”  How successful do you you’ve been so far? Say that.