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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Common interview questions and answers.

Common interview questions and answers.

To help you to prepare for any interview, we have listed down the most common interview questions. If you go through these interview questions and answers thoroughly, it ensures that you are well prepared in advance and face the interview confidently. All the best!
1. Tell me about yourself
This is the most commonly asked question in any interview. And also, usually, this is the first question to be asked. As your answer to this question will be the basis for subsequent questions, you need to prepare a short statement about yourself and rehearse it thoroughly. However, ensure that it does not sound as rehearsed. Limit your answer to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about your work experience, the projects you took part or managed, your educational qualifications, and your achievements which are related to the position you are being interviewing for.

2. Why did you leave your previous job?
Mention about leaving for a positive reason such as to look for new opportunities and challenges, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. Never refer to any management problems or issues with your supervisors or collegues. If you do so, interviewers may think that you are also a part of those problems and will rate you negatively. This is not the right place for complaining about your previous job.

3. Why do you want to join this organization?
This question is asked to find out whether you are really interested to join this organisation, and your plan is not to use this organisation just as a temporary stop over until you find another job. So, you need to convince the interviewers that this is your dream job and you are going to stay with them for a long period. Mention about your long term career goals and explain how this organisation suits to your goals and aspirations.

4. Are you a team player?
Organisations are, in fact, teams working together to achieve common goals. So, the employees are expected to do their part as individual and also in a team. So, you should demostarte that you can work well with the team members and communicate with various kinds of personalities in the team without any issue. Prepare some examples of projects or activities you successfully completed being part of a team.

5. Why should we hire you?
This question is asked to find out what special qualities and strengths you have compared to other candidates. It gives you an opportunity to explain all your strengts and past achievements and how they can benefit the organisation. However, do not mention about or make a comparison with any other candidate.

6. What is your strength?
Again, this question is asked find out your bright spots. You can mention a few positive qualities about you such as your problem solving skills, ability to work under pressure, professional expertise, leadership skills and positive attitude. Your answer should be focused to the skills relevent to the job.

7. What is your weakness?
This question is asked to find out whether you have any major blind spots or negative qualities that alerts the interviewer. Be warned that a honest answer to this question may trap you! In fact, all of us have blind spots. So, do not reveal any personal issues. You can tell that you are not aware of any negative qualities.

8. Do you have any questions for me?
Prepare some questions in advance. Asking questions will reinforce the point that you are really interested in the organisation. You can ask questions about the type of projects, work location, etc.