Interview Tips: Most common interview questions

Most of us are worried about the questions, which may be asked in a job interview. Especially, if we are fresher. Here it goes… Following are few most common interview questions, from which you may expect some OR all in your next interview.

Introduce yourself OR Self introduction

This may be the very first question asked in almost every interview. Your reply to this question will give the interviewer a fair idea about who you are.

Describe your current job profile

One of the easiest and common question asked very next to your self-introduction. Though the question looks very easy, it is not that easy to answer. You should focus more on highlighting your key strength and which does have more relevance to the position for which you are attending interview.

Why are you looking for a new job opportunity?

This is actually a tricky question, which can really decide your fate in the interview. Your answer to this question has a major role in your selection to the position for which you are attending interview.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

The million-dollar question. Why? Why should they hire you? Again a tricky question, where you have to invest your time on thinking about the role, competencies and to explain how best you fit into the position.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment?

This is an opportunity for you to exhibit an example, which could convince the in interviewer that, you are the best fit in for their required position. Main objective is to convince the interviewer that, not only your accomplishment but also your capabilities to fulfil the professional requirement if the job is offered to you.

Where do you see yourself after five years?

Possibly one of the silliest question you may feel. However, the answer to this one shall be very diplomatic. Else, you may lose an opportunity.

What are your strength?

An opportunity to project yourself as the best suitable candidate for the position for which you are attending interview. Ensure that, you do it artfully. Being able to lift 100 Kg. weight in one hand or 25 – 30 pull-ups at-a-stretch will not count as strength.

What is your greatest weakness?

Very tricky question. Sometimes, your answer to this question could spoil your chances. However, be honest and strategic. Intention is to show the interviewer that, you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.

How would the people you have worked with describe you?

Give examples of challenges (you faced) that illustrate how you work with people across various functions. However, be honest and strategic. This is an opportunity to show case, how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports.

Do you have any questions to us?

Do you really have any? Ask only if you have any concern. Just for the sake of asking, Don’t ask any.

How to secure an Internship

Securing an internship is even tougher than that of searching an internship. This article will explain you the tips to secure an internship.

Step I: Contact the employer

Primary step is to establish a contact with the employer. Generally, the advertisement for an internship will also let you know the best possible ways to get in touch with the employer. If it is not specified in the internship notification, then making a phone call to the concerned department of the organisation would be a good choice to get connected with your prospective employer. However, your communication in such cases shall be professional and be confident. Once, you had an interaction with the concerned person from your prospective employer, it is always appreciated to collect their email id and email them a copy of your updated Resume along with a covering letter and you may also ask them any initial queries you may have.

Step II: Excel in interview

All you have to do to secure an internship is to impress your employer and convince them that, you are the most suitable candidate for the internship. Interview is the best chance for you to do the same. This could be done in number of ways such as your dress code, language and mannerism (body language), and of course your approach to interview questions.

  • Conduct a thorough research about the organisation before the interview
  • Find out and remember the vision and mission of the organisation
  • Ensure that, you looks and sound professional and confident
  • When it comes to self-introduction, speak in definitive terms. For eg: I can do this, I will do that etc.
  • Do not use terms such as may be, probably etc.
  • Use references to the buzzwords, vision and mission of the organisation
  • Get conversant with those common interview questions and how to answer them
  • There are many standard questions that tend to get asked and how you answer them is important

Step III: Be persistent and proactive

Always be persistent and proactively seek the information you want during interview. Since, employers want to see that you are capable, determined, and invested in the position you want, persistence and proactive character of yours will give the employer an impression that you will work hard and be a good employee.

Step IV: Acceptance of Offer

Well, now you have cleared the interview and received an offer. Once you receive an offer, make sure that, the offer is matching with your expectations. If you have any other interviews in your hand, you may ask the employer for some time to decide on the offer. However, you are advised not to reveal about your other interviews. Subsequently you may contact the other employers you’ve interviewed with and see if they can make you an offer sooner. This will help you to choose the best offer rather than going for the first job offer, you receive.