- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
When addressing questions about your strengths, focus on strengths you have that are required for the job. For example, if a job requires a lot of work on team projects, you might say that you are a clear communicator who can work with diverse groups of people. List three or four proficiencies. You may be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared. Some of the best answers:
- Ability to learn quickly
- Positive attitude
- Leadership skills
- Never give up attitude
When answering questions about your weaknesses, avoid weaknesses that would make you unfit for the job. For example, if the job requires a lot of technical skill, do not say that your weakness is technology. Also, no matter what weakness you select, try to put a positive spin on your answer. Describe a personal or professional weakness that could also be considered to be strength and the steps you have taken to combat it. Some of the best answers:-
- Used to wait until the last minute to set appointments for the coming week.
- I am little bit reserved, so do not interact with others until and unless it is necessary.
- I sometimes feel that I’m not good at managing multiple tasks. But I’ve begun to keep a more detailed schedule and setting up notifications, which have helped me stay focused.
- Sometimes i give importance to useless opinions and start analysing my decisions
- Sometimes i just gloss over emails.
- Easily distracted
- Tell me about yourself ?
Any information that they can find in your job resume, is not really an information worth repeating at this point. You need to talk about your professional self but in such a manner that it fits with the employer’s idea of what they want in an ideal candidate. Describe your qualifications, career history and range of skills, emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer.
- Are you happy with your career-to-date?
This question is really about your self-esteem, confidence and career aspirations. The answer must be ‘yes’, followed by a brief explanation as to what it is about your career so far that’s made you happy. If you have hit a career plateau, or you feel you are moving too slowly, then you must qualify your answer.
- What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
The purpose of this question is to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem-solving. To show yourself in a positive light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.
- What do you like about your present job?
All you have to do is make sure that your ‘likes’ correspond to the skills required for the job on offer. Be enthusiastic; describe your job as interesting and diverse but do not overdo it – after all, you are looking to leave.
- What do you dislike about your present job?
Be cautious with this answer to this question. Do not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses that will leave you open to further problems. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company, such as its size or slow decision-making processes, etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride as part of the job.
- Why do you want to leave your current employer?
In response to this question state how you are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, career growth, and a change of environment. I quit my job to pursue new opportunities and take a new step in my career. Do not be negative in your reasons for leaving. It is rarely appropriate to cite salary as your primary motivator.
- Why have you applied for this particular job?
Through this question the employer is looking for evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, coincides with your long-term goals and involves doing things you enjoy. Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organisation and describe the attributes of the organisation that interest you most. Analyse the requirements of the job profile well before you go for the interview. Relate your skills, experience and qualification with the and these are reasons why they should consider you for this position.
- Would you like to work in a team or on your own?
The agenda behind this question is to assess if you are a team player or a solo performer. There will be times when you will be required to work in a team while at others you will be required to work independently. You should prepare yourself to work in both the situations. A good answer to this question can be, I can adjust very well in a team but if required to work alone with more responsibility on some project, I can handle that also very effectively.
- If you face a problem with your own performance, what would you do?
Through this question the interviewer wants to find out if you can see problems with your performance or not. Tell him that you will analyse the problem and its reasons and work on each one of them.
- What will you do if you are offered a job with a salary higher than this?
By asking this question the interviewer tries to analyze if the candidate will leave the job for a couple of thousands. Recruiting a candidate is a costly and time consuming affair, so the employers are cautious before they hire someone. You can answer this question by saying that you will discuss the issue with your senior and ask his views on your growth in the present job and if you see that there is a potential to grow in the present job, you will stick otherwise you will politely inform him about your decision to move ahead in life.
- What are your hobbies and interests?
Talking about your hobbies and interests is a great way to open the paths of communication in a job interview. While you can go out and be completely honest about your hobbies, even if they don’t resound with the job profile, there are certain hobbies you should keep to yourself. If your hobbies include partying or drinking, then you should look for other hobbies to talk about. However, if you enjoy a good game of football or compete over video games then you can talk about it. If you say you love photography but can’t talk about cameras or any photographer that inspires you, then it may come across as a poor choice or lie. So, prepare well and broaden the spectrum of your hobby.
- Why should we hire you?
When a hiring manager asks you, “Why should we hire you?” they are really asking, “What makes you the best fit for this position?”. Select your strengths that correspond closely to the job requirements, and use these as the core for your answer regarding what distinguishes you as a candidate.
Sample Answer : You have explained that you are looking for a developer who is able to effectively work on Java. In my 5 years of experience, I have developed strong skills and team-building skills. I was twice awarded best employee and surpass quarterly deadlines.
- Tell me about your job responsibilities
The best way to respond to this question is to describe your responsibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you are interviewing for. It means that, prior to your interview, you should carefully review the job description for the new position.
- How do you handle stress
To answer this question successfully, you will want to provide specific examples of how you have handled stress well in the past. Describe a time when you were given a difficult task or multiple assignments, and you rose to the occasion.
Sample Answer: I try to analyze the situation, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn’t become stressful. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am skilled at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time and avoided unnecessary stress.
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
Interviewers ask this question to establish how well you will fit in at the company and with the company culture. It also helps them identify your most productive environment.
Sample Answer: I have worked in many types of environments and enjoyed learning new things from each. I would say that while I don’t have a preference for a particular environment, I really like working with people who are committed to getting things done and who are passionate about their work.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question helps interviewers and hiring managers get a sense of how your career goals align with the company’s goals. It also helps them gauge whether you’re likely to have a long tenure at their company or if you’ll probably leave after just a few months or a year on the job. It’s often advantageous to emphasize your interest in thoroughly mastering the initial position before moving on. If it seems like you are rushing past that first job, employers might question how motivated you are to carry out those duties. Think about components of the job in which you can excel.