Interview - FAQs
1.Tell me something about yourself
This statement is usually made at the beginning of the formal part
of interview. Do not just repeat what you have given in your resume. Be
ready with the answer, a talent or something you did out of the ordinary.
You can sound it as unique or give it a touch of your personality.
"Tell me, starting with school, and progressing through the jobs
that you have held about what you have been doing. Include any accomplishments,
and bring you up to the present.
2. How did you hear about this position?
This answer demonstrates the the quality of your sources of Information.
Be specific and give a straight answer of how you came to know about the
vacancy. If it was advertised specify how you came across it or if your
neighbour happens to be the chairperson and CEO of the organization you
are meeting with (or other employee), do not hesitate to mention he or
she told you about the opening.
3. What is the reason you are planning to leave the
Be careful that your motivation is not totally selfish. Don't tell
that the present company would not give you any increment or promotion.
You should give two or three reasons for leaving like lack of challenge,
focus on the limitations etc. Point out your ambition to prove your worth
confidently. Be reliable to your answer. Consider reasons you may have
included in your cover letter, on the application. Your tone and your
nonverbal signals while giving answer is very important. You need to be
comfortable and confident with the answer , regardless of what you say.
4. Are you looking for a permanent or temporary Job?
This question is little tricky. If you say the wrong answer, the interviewer
pull you out of the box. Try to get an information about the type
of post is available there.
5. What were your positions, Salary, dates of employment
for the past years?
Usually this question is asked in an employment application. Be consistent
in the details on the application as well as on the resume . Take care
while giving the details about salary because it may repeat in the
personal interview and you must provide the same answer. Otherwise your
credibility may be questioned due to the dissimilarity. Moreover if you
are appointed, some employers may ask you to provide a most recent copy
of your salary voucher to confirm the accuracy of your stated salary.
6. Can we contact your references /present/former
If you are not resigned from the present job, you definitely do not
let your present employer know about job search. If you have given
your present boss as your reference, 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.
7. How do you feel about your career progress to date?
To be frank, explain your satisfaction up to a point and meanwhile
try to let them know that the same point is the reason for deciding to
move on in this direction now.
8. How would you describe your own personality?
It is better to review the first section of your personal worksheet
that you have completed earlier. Ask to your friends, family and
colleagues what words could be used to describe you. It is advisable to
create a definition which is needed to fill the position and cite your
characteristics that support your candidacy. Your answer should
be 2-3 minutes long, remember that more questions will be asked, which
will allow you to go into more detail about you.
9. Have you received any other job offers?
Employers like applicants who are actively sought by others. A positive
answer can show that you are efficient. A positive answer should be true
as it may be verified. Once you admit that you have other offers pending,
you need to be careful while giving the information. But don't disclose
too much about the offers.
10. We find gaps in your resume. What were you doing
It depends on the situation and what you did while you were not employed.
You should be prepared to answer the question before hand. Make your answer
crisp, brief and focused on the point and but do not be defensive. If
you have period of unemployment on your resume, be prepared to answer
further questions about it. If the gap is for a personal or family, avoid
details about it and simply state that due to family or personal reasons
you were unable to work for a period .
11. What do you do with your spare time?
The interviewer is looking for some insight into your personality
by asking the question. If you say something be ready to answer more question
on the topic.
12. Describe a major goal you have set for yourself?
Plan the answer carefully. Select a imperative project either
professional or personal. It can be concerned with education, job or some
personal development program. A goal related to job is preferable
because it portray the fact that you are very serious about a career and
13. Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and should be based on the research you
have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and
will easily be sensed. Talk about products, services, history and people,
especially any friends that work there. Also relate it to your long-term
career goals. Honesty is the best policy, compliment the company, point
out one specific qualification you posses.
14. How long would you expect to work for us if selected?
Don't specify any time frame. Make them sure that you are willing
to work for a long time. Something like this should work: I'd like
it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.
15. What are your strong points? What are your weak
Be Positive and take this opportunity to let the employer know about
your strong points. Try to include the points that are relevant for the
position and also important for you. Loyalty, a strong work ethic, good
interpersonal and communication skills , a project and result orientation
are all personal characteristics that interviewers love to hear.
Do not be as open with your weakness as with your strong points. Your
weakness should be a honest assessment of an area in which you lack experience
or need to improve upon. Don't mention that you are always late,
and unable to deal with people well etc.
16. Have you ever been denied a salary increase?
The Answer " Yes" denotes you are a person with a problem,
regardless of the situation of the company you are working. Being
denied a salary increase and not getting the salary increment is different.
So Be careful about your answer and it is always recommended to give a
17. What do you know about the position for which
you are applying?
It is always advisable to figure out some details about the organization
and post for which you are applying. Basic research is the only way to
prepare for this question. Take this as a best opportunity to show the
depth of your knowledge about the position. If you have a lot of information,
try to explain it in a few words but with confidence. Lack of knowledge
about the position will create a bad impression on your employers.
18. Would you describe a few situations in which your
work was criticized?
Your answer to this question gives an opportunity to the interviewer
to get an idea about your ability to communicate effectively, your tolerance
to criticism, the environment in which you have been working etc. Give
only one, but portray them as being born out by the situation itself.
Tell how you have corrected or plan to correct your work.
19. You may be over-qualified or too experienced for
the position we have to offer
This question is put to you to puzzle a candidate. Be calm and answer
the question with a positive and confident approach. Getting a candidate
who has more experienced than required is worth for the employer. Try
to answer like this "My experience and qualification will just help
me to do the job better. Moreover I am at establishing a long term relationship
which my qualification will favor me to handle more responsibilities and
help me to rise to your expectations."
20. What is your greatest accomplishment?
If possible, try to tell an accomplishment which is related to your
job like taking a great risk to get the project and make it work.
For this a deep review of your career life is required. if you note some
solid accomplishments as well, you may be able to make the jump onto a
recruiter's short list. If you don't have anything to say related to your
job, go for your family or personal life achievement such as building
a house, completing your degree etc. Narrate the things as a small story
with a short and clear manner.