These Common Interview Questions Decide it’s a Yes or No!6 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
Interviews! For a fresher or someone with a decade long work experience, interviews need preparation and we cannot deny this. Preparing for an interview involves knowing as well as studying the company, profile, KRAs and not to be missed — being well-versed with the common interview questions that decide your chances of selection. Some people take them very lightly and pay no heed to prepare these commonly asked interview questions which play a very important role in the final verdict – a YES or NO.
So here we go! The most common interview questions & the appropriate way to answer unveiled for you:
#1. “Tell me something about yourself”
This is the very first question of any interview and decides how it goes. As the saying goes, the first impression is the last; the answer to this question governs the perception of the interviewer about you. You need to sound pleasant as well as confident while talking about yourself and the areas that you must specify in your answer are your educational background, family background, work experience if any and something offbeat about yourself that is worth a mention.
Note: Keep it short and to the point. Do not memorize it, you lose your naturalness.
#2. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Now this one is the most known and cliched question but that doesn’t mean it needs no preparation. You need to answer this question carefully, speaking about your abilities and traits that add value to work as strengths and mentioning shortcomings as weaknesses that can certainly be worked on.
Note: You need not sound negative or low when it comes to highlighting your weaknesses. Talk about only those habits or characteristics that can be improved over some time. You need not brag about your strengths and it’s okay if you think you don’t have any weakness.
#3. “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?”
Remember this is one of the most important of common interview questions listed here. The answer to this question reflects your long term vision and seriousness about your career path. You need to think about the answer and shape it properly. Baseless or illogical vision can be a big negative in your interview process.
Note: Avoid blabbering. It’s better to skip this than answering inappropriately.
#4. “Why did you opt for this company?”
Your knowledge about the company, its vision, and your contribution would help in answering this question right. Read about the company, you can go through the About Us or Introduction page on the company website and understand the business. You should be very clear about your role and contribution.
Note: Do not miss to read about the company. Not knowing about the company or forgetting to do basic research is a blunder and can minimize your selection chances despite strong domain skills that you possess.
#5. “Why should we hire you?”
While answering this question remember your strengths and core competencies. Your skills – soft and domain decide whether the company will hire you or not.
Note: Be specific and cite your past work experiences to enrich your answer.
#6. “Why did you opt for this job or profile?”
Your experience and knowledge of domain govern your choice of job profile you are interviewing for. Here, speaking about your time in the workspace and your learning will enhance your answer.
Note: Be specific. Don’t beat around the bush as it indicates you’re not sure of your choice.
#7. “What are your biggest professional achievements?”
Your answer should be supported by numbers. Talk about your achievements in terms of facts and figures. For example 50% improvement in customer acquisition.
Note: The achievement that you talk about should be relevant – matching the responsibilities in the new job. Numbers should be accurate and the “how” of achieving should be clear and articulated properly.
#8. “Why do you want to leave your current job?”
Reasons for leaving your current job should make sense as its indicative of your approach and decision making. Lack of interest, conflict with management or teammates or similar are not good reasons to quit a job.
Note: This answer should be framed beforehand in your mind. Preferably, the reason for quitting the current job should reflect an interest in growth and learning opportunities.
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#9. “What can we expect in the first 3 months?”
Some companies ask you to formalize a strategy to achieve the desired results in the first three months. You should not shy away from doing that. It’s always better to pen down your thoughts.
Set SMART goals for yourself. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART), backed by a strategy for implementation.
Note: It’s important to see the feasibility of the goals, given the existing framework of resources and capacity to expand. Do your research well and jot down your plan.
#10. “What are your hobbies and interests?”
Be honest when answering this question. Your willingness to share about yourself will engage the interviewer and help you build a good rapport. Your tone of voice can be friendly while talking about your hobbies and interests.
Note: Don’t sound boring by saying “I don’t have any hobby or interest”. The interviewer wants to know your personality through this question.
#11. “What is your style of working?”
By this question, the interviewer wants to know whether you like working in a team or prefer an individual profile that operates solely. You can answer honestly but know the “why” of it.
Note: It is better if you answer “team” because it shows that you are a team player, capable of working in synergy with your colleagues which helps to achieve results faster.
#12. “What was your last drawn salary?”
Mention the annual CTC you resigned at.
Note: Be correct. This cannot be an approximate or “near about” number. Your salary at the new company will be based on the last drawn CTC.
#13. “Do you have any questions about the company or the profile?”
Ask if you genuinely have any concerns or want to know more about certain aspects of the company or the profile. Asking questions shows that your level of interest is high and you’re serious about the given work opportunity.
Note: Do not shy away in putting forward your queries or questions. Ask what you feel is relevant and will help you to have a better understanding of the company or the profile.
Prepare the above list of Common Interview Questions to nail your next interview. All the Best!