Preparation for the Interview

Most frequently asked Interview Questions

" Tell me about yourself. Use "Picture Frame Approach"

Do not just repeat what you have given in your resume. It's a question that most interviewees expect and the one they have the most difficulty answering. Though one could answer this open-ended question in a myriad of ways, the key to answering this question or any other interview question is to offer a response that supports your career objective. This means that you shouldn't respond with comments about your hobbies, spouse, or extra curricular activities, Interviewers aren't interested.

  1. Provide a brief introduction. Introduce attributes that are key to the open position.
  2. Provide a career summary of your most recent work history
  3. Tie your response to the needs of the hiring organization
  4. Showcase your communication skills.
  5. Finish strong.

" Why do you want to work here?
Research the target company before the interview. Basic research is the only way to prepare for this question. Do your homework, and you'll score big on this question. Give just one or two reasons why you are interested. You can add these points (1) company's reputation(2) desire to join the specific field of interest.

" What are your weak points?
Don't say you have one, but give one that is really a "positive in disguise." I am sometimes impatient and do to much work myself when we are working against tight deadlines." Or "I compliment and praise my staff, but feel I can improve."

" Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Judge me from the work and I am sure you will put me right where I want to be. Do not over ambitious and speak in a way that you are not satisfied with your current job which you have applied for.

" What do you look for in a job?
Flip this one over. Despite the question, the employer isn't really interested in what you are looking for. He's interested in what he is looking for. Address his interests, rather than yours

" Why are you leaving your current job?
You should give two or three reasons for leaving.
Lack of challenge, focus on the limitations etc. Never answer with negative reasons, even if they are true. Frame your answer positively by answering why you want to move to the target company instead of why you left or want to leave your most recent job. For example, instead of answering, "I don't get enough challenges at [company]," respond, "I am eager to take on more challenges, and I believe I will find them at [hiring company].

" What interests you most about the job?
(Show how you believe that you are most suited to the post. If you can find out an earlier experience it would be fine.) If you have experience, you can quote some similarities from the past and how you achieved success.

" How is your experience relevant to this job?
Sketch out some similar work which you have done in your previous job. It should be something justifiable by you, even though others may think differently.
You can even ask some question where you can prove that your experience stands in good strand.
" Tell me about a time you had to deal with an irritate customer, how did you handle the solution?

The question is aimed at you to hear from yourself how you handle people when others loose their temper. Here the best answer you can give to describe a situation and show how you handled it with maturity and diplomacy.

" What books you read?
Do not ever say you have read a book which you have not. Here your suggestion can lead the interviewer to know your taste and interest. It can also hint on how you take your profession.

" Can we call all your references?
If you have given your present boss as your reference you can tell that you prefer to call your current boss only after you receive a confirmed offer as he may not like you changing the job.

" Do you have any questions?
Be prepared to answer this question in advance. List out a few questions you wish to know more about. After you have faced the interview your logic will guide you to ask the question you really want to know more about.
" How do you handle tension?
Answer with ease that in any job and any situation that tension is a part of it. Relax before putting the f act you are very used to such type of works.

" What is your current salary?
Do not bluff. Be specific on the answer. Do not hesitate to say the benefits you enjoyed in the previous job. It may be verified so never mention the benefits you have not got.

" What is your weakness?
Turn the question to a positive one. Simply say that you are a perfectionist and your commitment to output of high quality perfect work. Say this is your weakness.. Don't say you have one, but give one that is really a "positive in disguise." I am sometimes impatient and do to much work myself when we are working against tight deadlines." Or "I compliment and praise my staff, but feel I can improve."

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