How to handle eight typical interview questions

During an interview, a candidate is asked questions of general nature and questions relating to subject and the job. The present article discusses eight questions of general nature which are frequently asked during interviews. The aim is to help the candidates prepare these questions beforehand.

All of us have faced job interviews in our life. We know very well that during a job interview, a candidate is asked various questions. Some of these questions are job-related, some are subject-related and others are questions of general nature. In this article, we will discuss eight typical questions of general nature, which are usually asked in job interviews. The candidates will be benefitted if they prepare these questions thoroughly before appearing in any job interview.

Question No. 1: Tell us something about yourself

Generally this is the very first question which an interview board asks to the candidate. The candidate must note that he/she should not give a very long speech to reply this question. The answer to this question needs precision. Candidates must try to describe themselves in 3-5 sentences which are both precise and concise. They should remember that the subsequent questions may arise from the answer to the first question.

Question No. 2: How long have you been working in your present company?

This can be a tricky question. The interviewers may not like a candidate who changes jobs frequently, whatever may be the reason. If the resume of a candidate indicates frequent change of jobs, he/she must be prepared beforehand to reply the question with conviction.

Question No. 3: Why did you leave your previous job?

This is a very tricky question. If a candidate got fired, he/she may say that he/she 'parted ways' and should try to change the topic. If the candidate was laid off, then he/she must truthfully say that the laying off was due to recession.

Question No. 4: What are your strength areas?

A candidate must give precise, point-wise replies. If possible, he/she must refer to the comments/observations of the referee or previous/present senir officer to substantiate his/her comments.

Question No. 5: What are your weaknesses?

This is another very tricky question. Candidates must remember that every person has weaknesses. The interviewee must answer the question truthfully. But at the same time, he/she must state that he/she making every effort to get over the problem.

Question No. 6: What are your future goals?

This question is required to be answered very carefully. The interviewee is required to state he/she wants to excel in the chosen field. He/She must also state that how he/she is grooming himself/herself to take more responsibility in future.

Question No. 7: Where do you want to see yourself in ten years?

This question is a variant of the previous question with a subtle difference. It would be preferable if the candidate morph his/her ambition with the hierarchical structure of the organization where he/she is applying.

Question No. 8: Why do you want this job?

This may be the last but most important question of the job interview. The candidate must try to convince the interviewer by linking his/her career aspirations with the vision, mission and activities of the company.

Concluding comments

The interviewee must try to answer the aforestated questions honestly but with full conviction. This requires prior preparation. It is hoped that the present article would help the candidates to prepare these questions beforehand.

Article by Partha K.
“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” - George Gordon Byron

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Author: K Mohan25 Jul 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

The answers to the questions raised by the author can be this way too:

1. For this question it is better to touch the extra curricular activities of the candidate rather than saying about academic qualification and success thereof.

2. Here you have to say the truth. Because your credentials with the previous company are also verified by the HR sometimes.

3. Leaving the previous job for better prospect should be the right answer.

4. Here highlight the quality areas such as the leader, perseverance, ability to keep patience and so on.

5. Never say your weakness. Just say I shall abide by the officers next to me.

6. Future goals are depended on my responsibility and trust kept on me by the company.

7. If the work is good and encouraging with inclusive cooperation from fellow employees and management, my success and position would improve automatically.

8. I want this job for a change from routine.

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