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Basic Interview Questions


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Basic interview questions and answers for all job seekers. General questions and answers for freshers.

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Basic Interview Questions

  1. 1. Interview QuestionsQ. 1: Can you please tell me about yourself?The most often asked question in interviews. Although this question is quite broad, keepyour answer focused and relevant to the job youre applying for.You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does notsound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless asked otherwise. Mention the topthree or four aspects of your experience, skills, interests, and personality that make you aqualified candidate for the job.Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you areinterviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 2: What are your long- and short-term career goals?The interviewer is trying to get a feel for why you want this job and how long you’re goingto stick with it. The ideal answer will assure the employer that you’re worth his investment -that is, training you, introducing you to clients, entrusting you with responsibility.Your answer should assure him that you’d be around for awhile - and maybe even a longtime.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 3: Do you consider this a lateral or vertical career move?This question is designed to find out how challenged you’ll be on the job -be careful, it’s adouble-edged sword.If you aren’t challenged, you’ll get bored and move on. If you’re too challenged, you mightnot make it past the first week.Try to come in somewhere in the middle - maybe say something to the effect of, "It’s acomfortable stretch." Another tip: Your answer will also give the employer a sense ofwhether you’re hoping for a just a little or a big increase in salary.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 4: Why do you want to leave your current position?The interviewer is concerned about any problems that might pop up on your next job -especially since that might be with him. Be sure to use good judgment here.Don’t bad-mouth your current boss and don’t bring up anything negative. A safe approach isto say something like: "It’s time to move on in my career" or "Im looking for a greaterchallenge."<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>
  2. 2. Interview QuestionsQ. 5: Why did you leave your last job?The interviewer wants to know if there are any underlying problems like: lack ofcommitment, difficult personality, poor performance, or anything that might lead totermination. Employers don’t want to take on someone who has a record of walking out onjobs or getting fired.Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem withmanagement and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do,you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reasonsuch as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.No matter why you left your last job, couch your response in positive terms, without lying.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 6: Please explain why you have a gap in your employment history?The employer is looking for any problems in your personal life that might become hisheadache if he hires you.Explain your gaps honestly, leaning on activities that support your job objective, if that’spossible.If you don’t have anything to say that’s relevant, then talk about activities that show yourstrength of character and helped you know what you really want to do next: the job youreinterviewing for.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 7: What experience do you have in this field?Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for.If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 8: Do you consider yourself successful?You should always answer yes and briefly explain why.A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track toachieve the others.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 9: What do co-workers say about you?
  3. 3. Interview QuestionsBe prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or aparaphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was thehardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interviewherself.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 10: What do you know about this organization?This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview.Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues andwho are the major players?<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 11: What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities canbe mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 12: Are you applying for other jobs?Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and whatyou can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 13: Why do you want to work for this organization?This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have doneon the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relateit to your long-term career goals.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 14: Do you know anyone who works for us?Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answereven though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only ifthey are well thought of.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 15: What kind of salary do you need?A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, donot answer it. Instead, say something like, that’s a tough question. Can you tell me the
  4. 4. Interview Questionsrange for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 16: Are you a team player?You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show youoften perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of yourteam attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 17: How long would you expect to work for us if hired?Specifics here are not good. Something like t his should work: Id like it to be a long time. OrAs long as we both feel Im doing a good job.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 18: Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At thesame time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organizationversus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization.Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 19: What is your philosophy towards work?The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strongfeelings that the job gets done? Yes. Thats the type of answer that works best here. Beshort and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 20: What college experience are you especially proud of?If you havent been in the workforce long, this question is your opportunity to give balanceto the fact that you dont have much paid experience.Spotlight your academic and extracurricular achievements, especially the ones that arerelevant to your job objective.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 21: If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
  5. 5. Interview QuestionsAnswer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Donot say yes if you do not mean it.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 22: Have you ever been asked to leave a position?If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative thingsabout the people or organization involved.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 23: Explain how you would be an asset to this organizationYou should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best pointsas they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to thisrelationship.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 24: Why should we hire you?Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 25: Tell me about a suggestion you have madeHave a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was thenconsidered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 26: What irritates you about co-workers?This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you.A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 27: What strengths would you bring to this job that other candidates might not?The employer’s giving you the floor to sell yourself for the job. Prepare well for this answerand deliver it with confidence.There are many good answers to this question, just stay positive. A few good examples:Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure,Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Yourpositive attitude.
  6. 6. Interview QuestionsMake your presentation using brief achievement stories whenever possible.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 28: Out of all the problems you had at your previous position, which was thehardest to deal with?This is a bit tricky question! Don’t give an impression that you had lots of problems, even ifyou did. Instead, refer briefly to an area you - and probably the rest of the world - findchallenging, and move right on to how you’ve learned to deal with it.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 29: Tell me about your dream job.Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for isit, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will bedissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: Ajob where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and cant wait to get to work.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 30: Why do you think you would do well at this job?Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 31: What are you looking for in a job?You can use the same answers as in Q. 29.Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for isit, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will bedissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: Ajob where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and cant wait to get to work.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 32: What kind of person would you refuse to work with?Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to getyou to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 33: What is more important to you: the money or the work?Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.
  7. 7. Interview Questions<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 34: What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Teamplayer, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 35: Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisorBiggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it andtell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Staypositive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 36: What has disappointed you about a job?Dont get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge.You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have givenyou more responsibility.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 37: Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.The interviewer wants to know whether or not you like working under pressure. Be honestand positive. All jobs bring with them a certain amount of pressure, but some have a lotmore than others. So give an example where the level of pressure was just right for you,which will suggest how much pressure you’re looking for on your next job.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 38: Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?Say!! Probably this one does. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want anotherjob more than this one.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 39: What motivates you to do your best on the job?This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge,Achievement, and Recognition<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 40: Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
  8. 8. Interview QuestionsThis is up to you. Be totally honest.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 41: How would you know you were successful on this job?Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Youroutcomes are a success. Your boss tell you that you are successful<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 42: What type of classes or training are you planning to pursue at this point?You want to look dedicated to developing your profession but you don’t want to appear tohave so much going on that you won’t be 100 percent on the job.Make it clear that your number one priority is your job; developing your profession issecond.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 43: Would you be willing to relocate if required?You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is achance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This cancreate a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourselffuture grief.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 44: Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical andphilosophical implications. Just say yes.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 45: Describe your management style.Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, sa lesman orconsensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which managementexpert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage accordingto the situation, instead of one size fits all.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 46: What have you learned from mistakes on the job?Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, wellintentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far
  9. 9. Interview Questionsahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 47: Do you have any blind spots?Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not revealany personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Donot hand it to them.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 48: If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 49: Do you think you are overqualified for this position?Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 50: How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then,point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 51: What qualities do you look for in a boss?Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinatesand holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 53: Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 54: What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>
  10. 10. Interview QuestionsQ. 55: Describe your work ethic.Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard butenjoy your work are good.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 56: What has been your biggest professional disappointment?Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negativefeelings.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 57: Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 58: On a scale of one to ten, how will you rate me as an interviewer?Give a perfect answer of "10," and youll seem too easy to please. Give anything less than a perfect 10,and he could press you as to where youre being critical, and that road leads downhill for you.The best Answer could be - Once again, never be negative. The interviewer will only resent criticismcoming from you. This is the time to show your positivism.However, dont give a numerical rating. Simply praise whatever interview style hes been using.If hes been tough, say "You have been thorough and tough-minded, the very qualities needed to conducta good interview." If hes been methodical, say, "You have been very methodical and analytical, and Imsure that approach results in excellent hires for your firm."<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 59: Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?This question isnt as aggressive as it sounds. It represents the interviewers own dilemma over thiscommon problem. Hes probably leaning toward you already and for reassurance, wants to hear what youhave to say on the matter.The best Answer could be - Help him see the qualifications that only you can offer.Example: "In general, I think its a good policy to hire from within - to look outside probably means yourenot completely comfortable choosing someone from inside."Naturally, you want this department to be as strong as it possibly can be, so you want the strongestcandidate. I feel that I can fill that bill because… (then recap your strongest qualifications that match upwith his greatest needs)."
  11. 11. Interview Questions<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>Q. 60: Do you want to ask any questions from me?Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset tothe organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and what type ofprojects will I be able to assist on?<<<<<< =================== >>>>>>