Top questions to expect in an Interview

After clearing all the rounds of interview in a recruitment process, final piece in the puzzle will be your Personal Interview and they really take it personally. We may not be savvy of everything in the interview but we can be prepared for it. It would be amazing if we know beforehand the probable questions that can be asked by the interviewer. But we strongly recommend not rehearsing everything; being you, comfortable and presentable will make you feel more confident.

Here are some of the probable questions you can expect in the personal round of interview. We are giving you suggestion of how you can answer them, but at the end of the day they are looking for response from you and not a canned one. You can do is to rehearse them in front of the mirror or ask your friend to judge you during the rehearsal.

So let’s begin!


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1. Tell us about yourself.

This question may sound simple but many a times people after 1 or 2 lines become blank and they stop abruptly. You have mentioned about yourself in your resume and the interviewer has it in hand. So when asked to introduce yourself, you should not repeat all those things already mentioned in your resume. You can start with your name and then tell them how are you on work, what nature you have, what are your off handed interest, what you aspire to be and everything that is interesting about you. Generally it is a first question from the interviewer and answer of this will give him/her your first hand impression. So be more prepared for this kind of question.

2. Did you read newspaper today?
This is an ice breaker question. The interviewer wants to get you in a comfortable zone. So naturally giving an answer like I did but I did not get the chance to read it thoroughly so I had a look on headlines. The front pages say the victory of yesterday’s cricket match and etc. You can even say though I did not read newspaper I watched news bulletin on a certain channel today. A one word answer is complete ‘No No’ for this question. The interviewer is trying to interact with you and you should.
3. How do you get to know about our recruitment process/post?

This is the question where you can stand out. You can say your friend told this to you, and how excited you were to know that the company is having its recruitment process. You can even say in the advertisement of many job vacancies how this job grabbed your attention, or you were following the company’s website to apply for recruitment. You can elaborate your passion and desire to work for the firm or the position they are offering you.
4. What do you know about our Firm?Use company’s website for this purpose. The website usually has all the key details like people on the key post, their work, clients, founding year, achievements, revenue, partners and everything important to mention. A well descriptive answer to this question will make interviewer feel your interest towards the organization and you have come well prepared with the important details. This is a positive thing for you as it reflects mature attitude.
5. Do you know for what post you are applying?
You should be able to tell the exact designation of the post you are applying for. You should know qualification required for the post, what jobs under the post will be assigned to you when selected in the process. Again company website and interview call letter or mail is important to be reviewed to find answer to this question.
6. Why do you want to do a job?
Do not say for salary. This will create a negative image of yours in front of the interviewers. You can say for better exposure, for learning new things and to be associated with a reputed firm for advancing my career to a new level and even watching expertise working along to speed up learning process.
E.g. ‘I consider myself an innovator and I would love to work for an organization that’s leading the future of the industry.”

7. Why you should be hired?
This question deals with your marketing skills. You should be enough bold to highlight your qualities. Not only the skills you have, but you should mention your adaptability and compatibility with the working environment, your endeavor to deliver high performance and results every time and your efficiency of working in a team efficiently.

8. What are your strengths?
Be realistic and sensible for this question. ‘I can do anything’ or ‘I am unique’ will not do at all. Be clear and terse like ‘I feel patience is the one great quality I carry’ or ‘I am persuasive’, are something more related to the job you are applying.

9. What are your weaknesses?
Everyone has some or other weaknesses, so saying ‘I do not have any’ will make you sound unrealistic. Mention your weaknesses but those which can be cured or corrected with time and efforts.

10. Tell us about your project.
You can tell about your previous projects that you managed to complete. You must cite short detail of your project and more of what was your contribution in the project. The experience and knowledge you gained in it or new techniques and methods you utilized during the project is worth mentioning.

11. What are your achievements?
Do not start from your nursery and LKG achievement. Focus on telling the interviewer about your professional achievements and moreover your actions in that. You cannot brag about your post in your last job rather you must tell what significant actions you did in your last job.

12. Where do you see yourself 5years down the line?
‘I want to be CEO of a big firm’, will seriously not work out for you. Be honest and realistic. You can put the same sentence in different and more appealing world like ‘I see myself as a leader of small or a big group’ or ‘Five years down the line I see myself with more knowledge in my profession than now and more experience’.

13. Tell us about the challenges you have faced during work and how you deal with it.
Here the interviewer is looking at your attitude when you are not in your forte. They want to see your management in conflict situations when few things are not in your favor. Answer it calmly. This might be the question when you can mark your presence. Everyone can work under glad conditions but the one who can make it even through a reverse scenario stands out.

14. What kind of job you expect?
You should go along the requirement of the job. You must convince the interviewer in this question that the job offered by them is the job you wanted and you will give your 100% in the work. They should be convinced about your passion and conviction for the job.

15. How many times you have been in the recruitment process?
You should be honest while answering this question. You may tell about your experience in the previous interviews, why you were not selected, what you have learnt from those interviews. The interviewer wants to know exactly this.

16. Why you want to leave your current job?
The key is being positive in this question. Do not start spelling all bad experiences with your current or previous employer. You can frame it in a more gentle way like you want to learn different skills and would like to work in new opportunities.
17. Why were you fired from your previous job?
Give them the true reason and then you can cover it up with your positive attitude. You can say you have learnt from your past experience and now can be more focused to the company’s as well as your growth. Blaming your ex-employer will surely not work out. Accept your mistakes, take your lesson and move on.

18. What are you looking from the post?
You should mention basically all those things which are offered by the recruiters.

19. What job environment you are looking for?
All those things directed in the job environment they offer.

20. How will you manage a team?
The best answer will be utilizing everyone’s strength. The management should be strong but also in flexible way. Appreciating and giving credit to those who deserve while encouraging everyone equally to put in their efforts is what is called management skills.

21. In what situation you will exercise leadership?
You should answer such questions by giving example from your past experience like how you made things organized when everyone was juggling with their task and you made a way out of it for everyone.

22. How is your relation with your boss or co-workers?
Answer it wisely, your recruiters might have a reference check and ask your colleagues and boss.

23. When did you disagree with your team mates at your work?
In this question you should express that incidence when your disagreement made a certain difference. The incidence like first you disagreed then you realized it was your mistake or you interpreted the situation wrong will work in a negative way for you. You need to be terser. Expressing your hatred for your team mates or boss for not supporting you at that time will harm your image.
24. Why was there a gap in your career/education/employment?
Again honesty is the best policy. Tell them the truth. Moreover you can say you were trying to improve other skills in you during that time. You should tell them that you were not just sitting at home doing nothing. Instead convince them that in gap period you were doing something productive.

25. Why was there a diversion in your career path?
Make yourself relaxed and answer this. Interviewer tends to be more impressed when he/she may see you are making seemingly irrelevant experience of yours. So from your past experience mention an experience which has motivated you for the thing you are doing now.

26. How would you deal with stress in your work?
We would suggest answering this question by giving an example from your past. Like while dealing your previous projects, how you managed your pressure and stress. Your way of handling stress should be productive and not unrealistic.

27. What will be your first few months in the job will be like?
Try explaining according to your job requirement. You are lucky if this question is asked to you. So be resourceful while answering this question. Show your passion and will to work in their firm.

28. What salary do you expect?
This is a tricky question. So we would recommend you to quote highest salary depending upon your experience, skills and qualification. Of course you should research first for the salary part. At the end also take a notice that your employer knows you are flexible with the salary.

29. What are your hobbies?
You should know what your hobbies are and how they are helpful to you in your career. Prepare some details about your hobby like if photography is your hobby then things like your favorite photograph of the year, why you like that photograph so much, your favorite photographer, time you spend on your hobby etc.

30. If you were an animal, which one you want to be?
This is a personality question; there is no harm in choosing any animal unless you can relate to the strength of that animal to yourself. The interviewer should be convinced that the strength is beneficial for the job they are offering.

31. How will you measure time to burn a rope using two ropes of same length and a candle?
Such questions are logical type. The interviewer do not expect you to give correct answer all the time but to see how deep you can go to bring out the answer. Your way of thinking, figuring possibilities and presence of mind is checked in such questions. So even if you do not know the answer, do not give it up; try to think on it.

32. Tell us about your family?
Tell everything casually, how many members are there, what they are currently doing, how is your bond with each other, your native place etc.

33. What do you think we could do better or differently?
This is a common question for the startups. The hiring manager wants to know how aware are you of the company’s background, the terms and policies etc. So it’s better to know little bit about the company beforehand.

34. Are you willing to work in night shifts?
Such question is asked to check your flexibility. So agree to all the things according to your convenience and if you disagree to some of them then give your valid reason to it while denying it.

35. When were you most satisfied in your job?
The interviewer is trying to inquire the things that motivate you. You should tell your experience as well as the things that made you feel satisfied with the job you were doing.

36. What does success mean to you?
This is again a personality question. Do not say any answer which reflects you are moved by monetary gains. Give answer like a successful life can be which balances both family and profession equally.

37. What three qualities a person should have?
The hiring manager is indirectly checking what person you aspire to be. So be careful about answering this question. The hiring manger will be anticipating your character on the basis of this answer.

38. Your motto for life?
The more positive you reflect in this question, the better chances of you getting hired. Do not sound all doom and gloom for this question. Be optimistic.

39. Who is your inspiration?
This is a personality question. The hiring manager is trying to untangle your personality with this question. Be confident and optimistic.

40. Do you have any questions for us?
Do not ask silly question like, am I selected or how many holidays will be granted to me. Such questions make you look like an irresponsible and immature person. This question can either makes you stand out or can ruin your whole interview, so answer wisely

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