What if you are going for the toughest exam of your life and you already know the questions to be asked in the exam? Amazing. Right? This would probably help you frame the best answers and life would be sorted.
A job interview is one such situation in life that is the toughest yet predictable time of the life. You can predict the most common questions asked in the interview and frame your answers beforehand.
Now you can be interview ready with these top 17 interview Questions and Answers asked during an interview session.
1) Can you tell me about yourself?
Almost all the hiring managers start the interview with this question. This is the easiest yet trickiest question that anyone comes across. Trickiest because this is where you are being judged. Also, this is the only time where you have to create an exemplary impression. The first question of your interview is going to set the tone of the whole interview. Therefore, the answer has to be extraordinary and attention-grabbing.
The most common mistake that most of the interviewees do is
They start telling their biodata. Like their place of birth, personal life or qualifications. Come on, that is already mentioned in your resume/CV which is right in front of the recruiter. So, he is definitely expecting something which isn’t written in your resume. Moreover, don’t start by mentioning your full name if the interviewee is already aware of your name. You have to start this with an interesting note.
You can frame your answer by stating the big achievements or experience of your life. For instance, Hi, I am a published author of 2 books. I am very much interested in content creation and curation. I hold a good amount of experience in digital content writing. I have worked as a freelancer for more than 3 years with various clients. (you can mention the names of a few clients).
The reason for mentioning your achievement and experience at first is, the recruiter gets a chance to frame his questions. Also, in this case, you can lead the conversation in your own way.
2) Why do you need this job?
In this question, the recruiter is expecting an answer that matches the company’s goal or the position’s goal. He wants to know about your career goals and how serious are you for this particular position. He wants to know how this position fits into your plan. Make sure that you show your interest in the job and feel motivated.
I feel that my umpteen years of experience and achievement records make me an excellent match for this job position. Also, this work environment excites me because I love the idea of working at a place which contributes to your growth and career development. I am best that delivering results right from day 1.
3) Why should we hire you for this job?
In this question be very particular about mentioning the skills and benefits that match the job requirements.
I am sure of completing the assigned tasks on time and delivering exceptional results. I believe that I would be a great fit for this position with required skills and experience which will be a good addition to the team. I have certain abilities that make me stand out in the crowd. (mention them).
4)Why are you leaving your current job?
You have to be very particular while answering this question. You can’t afford to mention any negative things here. The most expected reason for leaving your current job has to be positive. It should reflect that you are desired to move forward in your life and career. Remember to be as honest and positive while answering.
I am interested in enriching my experience (mention something this job includes), ad this job position provides me with an opportunity to leverage my current areas of expertise and increase my skills.
I am keen to be a part of the team and I am looking for an opportunity to work on an interesting project than before. This job fascinates me where the team working on an exemplary project. I am eager to be a part of this project.
5) What are your professional strengths?
We all have a lot of strengths and weakness. Some might have identified them others might have been struggling to figure out them.we are always taught to boost our strengths and overcome weaknesses to have a better life. While you are sitting in front of an interviewee, you need to be very careful while telling him about your professional strengths. The strength should be relevant and should match the expectations of the hiring manager. Always remember that while mentioning your strength you need to support it with a reference or example.
Sample answer (1):
I’ believe that collaboration and working in groups is the most important trait in any organization. I feel I am collaborative and have always preferred to work in groups. A lot many times I have directed the team projects by diverse creative tasks. Since I began leading the team, I have contributed to increasing the work productivity by 12 percent and retention by 20 years over the period of 2 years.
Sample answer (2) :
I am good at leading the team with skilled employees. I hold an experience of Senior manager accountant where I was in charge to lead the team of 8 employees. I have successfully delivered the tasks on time and managed to create an effective work environment.
6) What is the weakness you consider the most?
Answering about your strengths and weaknesses is the toughest job. It isn’t that easy how it looks. Same as strengths, you need to support all your weaknesses with a context to your previous work life. Also, don’t just mention the weaknesses but address the solutions that you have implemented to overcome those weaknesses.
Sample answer (1):
I am a bit introvert kind of a person. At times I feel shy when it comes to interacting with senior delegates. Right from my high school, I haven’t been exposed to deal with my stage fear and professional communication. However, I am attending a personality development course for 3 months to overcome my fear. I have learned various practical skills around leading discussions and sharing diverse perspectives. Today, I am capable enough that I can initiate a conversation in the group.
Sample answer (2) :
I believe that I have solutions to every problem in the world. This works well in some situations, but in most of the cases, I need help to overcome the various factors. However, I have been trying my best to take a step back before diving into the problem-solving mode. I have better started looking for groups that can be a source to me.
7) Define your management style?
Before answering this question think what does good management means to you. Ask this question to self and then frame your answer accordingly.
Although I have never been a manager, I took several responsibilities and leadership roles in my school. I haven’t even got the opportunity to figure out my managerial style. But I believe that the best managers are those that have an adaptable surprising style. From my experience, a manager should be one who pays attention to the individual’s needs. He should take a democratic approach to leadership and should motivate & encourage his team to come forward and participate.
8) How do you describe success?
During a job interview session, recruiters usually ask questions like “how do you evaluate success?” Or “How do you define success?”. These kinds of question give them a chance to evaluate your work ethic, your career goals and a bit of your personality. Every applicant should consider this as a game-changing opportunity and demonstrate their true personality through body language and communication skills.
What you should avoid mentioning- do not take all the credits of your success on self. Always learn to share your success with your teammates and give them credits. This can be a point where the interviewee would judge you.
Success is a very subjective term. It has different connotations for different people. I evaluate success based on not only my work but the work of my team. Success means meeting both individual’s and team’s goal at a time.
At times success can also be based on the outcomes. It is not always about the path that you choose to achieve the success that matters. Rather, it is quantifiable results that matter.
9) How do you motivate people?
To bring the change, first, you have to be the change. The best way to motivate people is by telling real-life stories. But while answering an interviewee you should frame your answer properly. Narrate an incident where you have motivated people around you.
When motivating others, I usually frame my answers to their personal strengths and capabilities. There was a time in my previous organization where there was a colleague who had potential but felt disappointed and neglected. So I decided to stop by his desk once in a day and appreciate him for his work. I started complimenting him for every small effort he did. With the course of time, he started involving and taking an active part in every meeting. He gave creative and unique ideas each time. He started feeling valued and honored.
10) What motivates you the most?
For answering this question you should think of things that usually excite you or interests you. Think about the tasks you are good at.
Working in a professional aura where people are focused and enthusiastic towards their work always motivates me to work harder and smarter. The team of active employees and creative projects excites me to work.
11) What type of work environment do you prefer?
While answering this question it Is good to be relatively neutral do not say anything negative that would affect your chances of getting selected in the interview procedure. Do not mention things that you hate about the work environment. For instance, if you don’t like to work in any kind of particular environment, do not mention that. It is always good to mention that you work happily and adopt every kind of environment
I am very flexible in adopting a new work culture and environment. However, I appreciate silent space so that I can drill into the numbers without distraction and can come up with better results. I am keen to work and learn in different kinds of environment. I don’t have any particular preference but the workspace where people are dedicated and punctual is always best to work with.
12) How do you deal with stressful situations?
In stressful situations, I prefer to react in the situation rather than sit and stress for. This way the situation can be handled easily and doesn’t become stressful. Also, the good pressure is sometimes required and is important because it helps n meeting deadlines. Whenever I feel stressed with the unsatisfied work done, I prefer to focus on the tasks in hand rather than focusing on feeling stressed.
13) What is a time you differ with a decision that was made at work?
This question is just an alternative way of asking “What is the time you made a mistake?” because that would have been a time where you differ with a decision that was made. In this case, you should necessarily be honest, take responsibility and portray a resolution.
There are times I frame different opinion than my colleagues or teammates. But in that case, if I feel I am right I stick to my opinion and try to convince people with valid reasons. If I am not confident about my decision, I would probably present my idea in a polite way to collaborate with the team’s idea.
14) How do you assign tasks to your team?
Being a leader is a responsible job. You have to be on your toes 24×7. A leader/ manager has to look whether the task allotted to the team is completed by everyone on time or not. He has to assure that the deadlines are met. So while answering this question portray a picture of a good leader in front of the interviewee.
While it comes to assigning task I look for an individual’s capabilities and strengths. I try to assign work with certain deadlines so that the task is completed on time. After clearly explaining that what is required for the task, I always take care of checking it thoroughly to ensure that the work is progressing as planned and will be completed on time. Moreover, if the team faces any issues, I would always step forward to help them in any way I can.
15)Where do you see yourself in five years?
There would be a lot many answers running in your mind while hearing this question. You might want to say “running this company”, “at your boss’s position”, or “at a bigger and better place”. However, you can’t say these things to a hiring manager. here is what you have to say-
I am excited about this position at your organization because, in the next five years, I would see myself as a person with deep expertise in the communication sector. I am sure that I will have this opportunity working in this organization. I am also excited about taking on more responsibilities and being a potential leader. I feel lucky enough to work with some amazing managers and excellent leaders. So developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.
16) What are your salary requirements?
No matter how good your interview goes on this question can seriously make a difference. This is a very straightforward question and tricky at the same time. While mentioning your salary expectations, you have to value your previous job experience and qualifications. Here you have to demonstrate that you are flexible enough and qualifications. Here you have to demonstrate that you are flexible enough with your salary and value the work you do at the same time. Remember to offer a range while telling the numbers.
I am quite flexible with the salary requirements, but I possibly have a significant experience in the field. And I believe that adds value to my credentials. I understand that positions similar to this one pay in the range. of $X to $Z in our region. With my experience, skills, and certifications, I am expecting to receive something in the range of $Y to $Z.
17) Do you have any queries to ask?
This question indicates that you are at the end of the interview. Most of the time interviewers avoid answering this question because they feel that they have already covered all the points. But answering this question is important. It shows that you were engaged with the conversation and are interested to talk further. Also, this is your final chance to make a lasting impression.
Yes, I would want to know about the day-to-day responsibilities of this position.
You can even ask- why this position is open? Is this a new role? If not, why did the person in this position left the role?
You might just ask about the work culture, time flexibility or their expectations from you in the first month.
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