Top ten questions asked in a job interview
An interview is an official conversation between the interviewer and the interviewee.It is important that one enters the interview room prepared for every possible kind of question. Of course questions are sometimes asked in a slightly different format but most of them are generic. So, here are top ten questions that you are most likely to be asked in an interview.
Why do you want this job?
This is one of the most predictable questions. Here the interviewer may be expecting an answer which indicates that you are serious about the job and you have not forwarded your resume just because there is an opening. You should convince him or her that you are the right person for the job.
Tell him or her that your skills and your qualifications are tailor made for the job and it is something you are passionate about. Also, it is advisable to research about the company and job profile a little in order to make you answer sound genuine.
What are your goals?
You can talk about your long term and short term goals. You could say, “My long term goal is to grow within the company and to attain leadership qualities. As far as my short term goals are concerned, I would like to serve the organisation to the best of my ability.”
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Try to answer by minimising your weaknesses and focusing more on your strengths. Talk about your personality, skills, experience and abilities. Illustrate your answers with real life examples. Elaborate more on your leadership qualities and originality. Don’t pretend to be perfect, talk about those weaknesses which you have improved upon.
Tell me about yourself?
This is one of the simplest questions asked in an interview. Tell him or her about yourself, your hobbies, achievements, educational qualifications etc. Summarise your experiences and improvement made in the work performance. Be confident and convey your enthusiasm for the job.
What are your achievements?
Avoid personal achievements, chose work related examples which focus on your abilities and strengths relevant for the job.
Why should we hire you?
Talk about your skills and experience related to the job. “I have all the abilities suitable for this job and I assure you that I would work for the welfare of the company and will put all my effort for the company’s growth and self development.”
Where do you see yourself in next five years?
Don’t be unreal; be honest and realistic about your future goals. Talk in terms of achievements and responsibilities.
What are your salary expectations?
It is an advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Mention your previous salaries but make sure you sound realistic and honest. You can tell them your preference but avoid salary negotiations at the interview if you can. If you are keen to work with the organisation then salary won’t be a big issue. The salary offered will depend on your skills, qualifications and experience.
What do you know about our organization?
Be prepared to answer this question. Research about the company, its policies, customers it deals with, the product and services it offers prior to the interview.
Any questions you have?
When your interviewer wraps up your interview, you may ask him about the work, company and the team you will work with. This shows your level of enthusiasm and seriousness towards the job.