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Personals Master Set
Tell me about yourself. What would you like me to know about you that is not on your resume? What are the three most important events of your life? What were you doing during this gap of time I see here on your resume? Where did you grow up? What are your three major accomplishments? What was an experience in your life that you would want to go back and change?
B. Self Description
How would your friends describe you? Give me three words to describe yourself.
What new goals have you established for yourself recently? What are your five to ten year career goals? What are your career and educational goals? What are the attributes of an ideal job for you? If you could do “it” all over again, what would you do differently? What are you looking for? How long a commitment do you plan to give me? What is your ideal job? What other types of positions are you considering? What kind of boss would you prefer? Why are you pursuing this field? What would you like your lasting impression to be? Do you have a final statement? What are your career options right now? How could you have improved your career path? What salary are you expecting? In addition to salary, what benefits would most interest you?
What does “success” mean to you? What does “failure” mean to you?
Preparation Team, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
What qualities should a successful manager possess? Do you have these attributes (of a good manager) ? What two attributes are most important in your job? Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer. but it seems that Preparation Team. II. Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure. Management / Leadership Style What is your management philosophy? Define leadership. Indian Institute of Management. and why? The greatest answer is if you can use a family member or friend. Some applicants think that this makes you look better. Strengths / Weaknesses and Skills Are you creative? Give me an example. Name a point in your life where you turned a negative into a positive. try to stay away from celebrities. Tell me about a decision you have made that you later regretted. What would you say to a boss that has a sub-par idea? III. Calcutta . Tell me about a time when you successfully resolved a conflict. What have you done that you consider creative? What are your strongest abilities? What is your biggest weakness? Never say that being a perfectionist is your biggest weakness. And back it up with a good why! E.Summers 2011 Which is more important to you: money or the type of job? Who do you admire? Why? What do you get passionate about? Who is your hero. Previous Bosses Did you get an offer from the firm you worked for this summer? Do you have other offers? Why would/wouldn’t you take our offer over one of the others? What can you tell me about your past bosses? How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work? What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least? How did you find your summer jobs? Describe the job or the activity which has had the greatest impact on your career goals. Give me an example of a leadership role you have held when not everything went as planned. How do you feel about working overtime? Give me an example of how you manage multiple projects.
What types of people seem to rub you the wrong way? Define cooperation. Indian Institute of Management. What kinds of people do you enjoy working with? What kinds of people frustrate you? Have you ever managed a conflict? How? Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large? With what kind of people do you like to work? V. Interpersonal Skills How competitive are you? How do you work under pressure? Give me an example of a time when you successfully worked within a team. Calcutta . what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance? What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it? Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them? How do you feel about working in a structured environment? Are you able to work on several assignments at once? In what kind of work environment do you do your best work? What kinds of tasks and responsibilities motivate you the most? What has been your greatest challenge? IV.Summers 2011 you not secure. What makes you stand out among your fellow students? What makes you different from the other candidates for this position? What can you do for us that someone else cannot do? What was the most important thing you learned from your previous experience/internship? How do your skills relate to our needs? What can you offer us? What have you disliked in your past jobs? How long before you can make a contribution? In the past year. Education Why did you decide to get an MBA? Why IIMC? What made you decide to major in____? What have you learned at IIMC that will help you on this job? Do you hold any leadership positions? What electives have you taken? Which did you enjoy the most? What college classes did you like the least? Why? Why didn’t you attend (another school)? How do you balance the different priorities MBA student life presents? Preparation Team. Why should we hire you? Give me an example of something that you have done that shows initiative.
Extra Curriculars What extra-curricular school activities are you involved in? What have you learned from your activities? Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them? How did you become involved in your extracurricular activities? What do you enjoy doing outside of work-in your free time? What is your favorite book/movie/song/painting-or author/actor/singer/artist? Which magazines/newspapers do you read regularly? Which books have you read recently? Have you ever done volunteer activities? VII. What would you add to our firm? What particular expertise do you have that would lend itself well to this position? Demonstrate/illustrate skills that you can transfer from past experience.Summers 2011 Did your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why/Why not? Describe the course that has had the greatest impact on your thinking. Indian Institute of Management. Job / Company / Industry Why are you interested in ______? / Why do you want to work for us? What makes you want to be a _____? What makes you think you would be successful in _____? What do you think this job requires? Given that you have no background in this field why are you interested in it? What do you predict is going to happen in this industry in the next 5 years? How would you go about evaluating a business? What do you know about our company? Do you know who are competitors are? What interests you most about this position? What parts of the job do you think you would find the least satisfying? You have five minutes to describe the most relevant and specific items in your background which show you are uniquely qualified for this position. Location How do you feel about travel? Are you familiar with how taxing travel can be? Preparation Team. What concerns you about our company? What do you believe are the key issues and problems in our industry today? VIII. VI. Calcutta .
Some might say honesty.about me!. quite a few solid candidates blundered on this simple question. But what about those unexpected and confusing type of questions such as: IX. while giving you the opportunity to grow. The reason is that we are not accustomed to sell our abilities and competence like a product. with a few anecdotes supporting your points.While this may be seen as an easy one. Comments such as "I am sometimes impatient with slow performers" or "Being very demanding on myself I sometimes expect too much from others" are good. be ready to make reference to a situation where you have demonstrated such a strength. others reliability or sense of leadership. Keep in mind that most interviewers will use the information you give to raise even more incisive questions. X. What interests you most about this position? Your education. your know-how and possibly to reach new goals.. Do not hesitate to stress the fact that this would represent a dynamic move. For those who have given it some thought. what would it be? Why? Your answer to such a question could turn positive if you choose a feature related to your attitude and determination. Do you work well under pressure? Everyone will say yes but it would be more convincing if you could provide examples of situations when you have remained cool under fire. Calcutta . XI.. XII.sure I am a hard worker... we expect to go through the familiar chronological set of questions and we are generally well prepared for such a classic exercise. training and experience background as well as your accomplishments should provide good references for answering that question. but whatever it might be.. Indian Institute of Management.. self-confidence and reliability..Summers 2011 Some guidelines for Personals TOUGH QUESTIONS When invited for a job interview.tell us about yourself" Er!.there's nothing wrong with me. to increase your responsibilities. leadership. Be careful not to choose a situation of crisis for which you were the one responsible! XIII. this is the right opportunity to talk about your strengths such as your enthusiasm. What would you say is your strongest quality? You certainly have numerous qualities and since you have to choose only one be careful as it will also reflect your values.. If you could change one thing about your personality... Preparation Team. "So.
news. XVI. XXI. XIV.Summers 2011 Interviews should never end leaving a doubt. These would not endear you to a prospective employer. XX. company figures. Every situation as regrettable or painful as it might have been. What do you know about this company? This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company. What qualities do you think will be required for this job? Their advertisement for the job may help you a little bit. Do not mention the negative aspects of your current job or the job in question. Preparation Team. Calcutta . XV. customers. interpersonal skills. a failure or a "limited" success. Why do you want to work for this company? Emphasise the positive reasons why you want to join their company. but avoid aspects such as more money or shorter hours. your research into the company should aid you in answering this question. What interests you about our product (or service)? Again. etc. Why do you want this job? Think carefully about this question. XVIII. What can you contribute? This is your chance to shine. You have not done this sort of job before. has served you positively. Those lessons of the past have helped you developing your know-how and have contributed in some way to your achievements. etc. Tell them about your achievements in your previous position(s) which are relevant to the new position you are applying for. Stress opportunities for personal growth. but you should also think of the other qualities that may be required. communication skills. etc. analytical skills. XIX. Give them a run down of their products/services. How will you cope/succeed? Say that you are the sort of person who aims to succeed at everything you do and that you are very determined and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. problem solving. Indian Institute of Management. supervisory skills. XVII. These may include leadership ability. new challenges. sales figures. Stress the positive aspects which have attracted you to applying for this position. What can we (the new company) offer that your previous company cannot offer? Tread carefully here! Again do not mention money. a negative element.
Dislikes: Imply there is nothing to dislike about the job. etc. XXVII. such as leadership ability. Say why you think you will be good in the new career -this should come from your experience and achievements. XXIII. Tell them about the training you received or the work related experience you gained.Summers 2011 XXII. Why should we employ you? The answer to this question will be based on your previous experience and achievements which relate to the company. XXVIII. What do you like and dislike about the job we are discussing? Likes: stress things such as a new challenge or the opportunity to bring fresh experience to the company. So you should stress the similarities rather than the differences. At the end you could add that you think there is a good fit between you and the job. which is why you are so interested. Indian Institute of Management. and do ask the interviewer for their opinion. Then turn the question round on them and say how soon would they expect it. stress the transferable skills you have. When it comes to discussing the differences it will help your case if you can show that either you have done something similar in the past or that you can quickly pick up the new skills. XXVI. Why are you changing careers? This question will only be asked if you are making a radical change in your career. How long do you think it would be before you were making a significant contribution to the team/company? If you think that you could contribute from day one then say so. Always stress the positive aspects of the change rather than the negative aspects of your previous career -you do not want to come across as someone who is moving just because you hate your old career. but do not look as if you are after the interviewer's position. How ambitious are you? Would you compete for my job? Depending on the position you are applying for you may want to sound fairly ambitious. XXIX. Why did you choose a career in …? Be positive about your reasons. Calcutta . What do you think of the last company you worked for? You should stress the positive aspects of your last company saying that they were a good company to work for. XXIV. How much does your last job resemble the one you are applying for? What are the differences? The interviewer is trying to see how well you would fit in to the position you are applying for. If you have changed careers make a logical argument as to why you did so. Preparation Team. XXV.
You may be able to show that you have already had many of the responsibilities and the necessary skills which would be required for the next step. Be very careful that you do not say anything negative about your present employer. What has been your biggest failure? Try to pick a failure which you were later able to correct or something that is not really important. You might want to stress that you are looking for a new challenge and that you feel that the company who is interviewing you fits the bill! XXXI. XXXIV. Preparation Team. Explain the organisation structure in your last company and how you fitted into it? This sort of question may be used to find out whether your old job is at a comparable level to your new job. Indian Institute of Management. XXXV. If you do.Summers 2011 XXX. the new company will wonder what you will say about them when you leave. Do you consider yourself successful? You should say you do. If growth was not as good as expected then be careful how you phrase this. How would you describe yourself? / How would others describe you? Pick your best attributes and achievements from your career. XXXII. If the new job being discussed would be a step up the ladder you will need to show that you are ready for a more demanding position. XXXIII. Did you feel you progressed satisfactorily in your last job? If you progressed faster than normal you should say so. Are you a leader? State how you have successfully acted as a leader. XXXVIII. XXXVI. giving examples of your successes. How could you improve yourself? Do not mention anything negative about yourself -the interviewer is looking for a chink in your armour. What was your greatest success? How did you achieve it? You should pick an achievement which is related to their needs. Why did you join your previous company? Did they live up to your expectations? Why are you leaving now? Always be positive about your reasons for joining and leaving a company. Calcutta . XXXVII. Pick some work related achievements that are in line with the position that you are discussing.
You could ask how much responsibility you would have. Good planning skills are essential. so you need to say that you are happy in both situations.Summers 2011 XXXIX. XLIII. bringing in the project on time and to budget. Preparation Team. Indian Institute of Management. How do you handle criticism? Your answer should be along the following lines: "I always think that it is important to get feedback on how I am performing so that I can improve any areas which my manager/supervisor highlights. Can you act on your own initiative? You should say that you can. XLI. Are you accepted into a team quickly? Hopefully you can answer a resounding "Yes" to this question. XLIV. Do you work well with others? Or are you a loner? Some jobs mean that you have to work very closely with other people whilst other jobs mean that you are largely working on your own. What sort of manager are you? / What makes a good manager? You should say that it is someone who listens to other people and can delegate whilst maintaining overall control of the task at hand. XLII. Do you have regular staff appraisals and a staff development plan?" XL. Calcutta . Do you need other people around to stimulate you or are you self-motivated? You need to say that you are self-motivated.
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