Interview questions and answer tips

  • Would you like to begin by telling me something about yourself?
Tip: Keep it short and simple. It helps if you prepare for this question in advance. Relate what you are saying to the job you are applying for.
  • Why do you want to join our company?
Tip: Talk about three aspects of the company that impressed you the most. You can find material on the company's website and by speaking to present employees.
  • Can you mention three strengths that you possess?
Tip: Mention the strength in about two to three words and substantiate why you feel this is your strength. Preferably give examples but keep an eye on the time.
  • Can you mention one of your weaknesses?
Tip: The tendency is to mention a weakness that sounds like a strength. Avoid doing this because the interview has probably heard it a million times. Stick to the truth but mention the steps you are taking to overcome the weakness.
  • What are three aspects you are looking for in a job?
Tip: Again plan for this in advance. Give reasons why you consider your points to be most important. Mention how this will motivate you to perform at your best.
  • How would your present colleagues describe you?
Tip: Relate your answer to what you think the interviewer is looking for in a prospective employee. This would have been mentioned in the advertisement for the position. Be truthful but don't go overboard.
  • What has been your greatest professional accomplishment thus far?
Tip: Preferably mention an accomplishment, which helped your company and your team. Bring out the fact that you possess the skills to repeat the accomplishment if given the opportunity.
  • How does this job fit in with your overall career goals?
Tip: What you mention here has to be consistent with what you have written in your resume. Be precise in what you are saying and do not beat around the bush. The interviewer is trying to identify if you have a vision for your future.
  • Why do you want to leave your present employment?
Tip: Your answer can be related to the previous question. More money, more power and more learning are the most common reasons but put it across in a way you would want to hear it.
  • Do you have any questions or doubts relating to what we have discussed?
Tip: Restrict your questions to about two or three. Do not ask for general information that you could have got from the company website. Preferably ask the interviewer questions on the actual job profile.

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