Common interview questions with answers

By | August 29, 2015

Here we are providing the most common personal interview questions asked to the candidates, with their answers. While these questions can be asked in any round , but we can give 100% guarantee that you will encounter more than 50% of your HR interview questions from the below mentioned questions.

Tell me something about your self

This is the most frequently asked question in the interview.You should prepare a good anser for tell me about yourself as this will be asked in every interview to you. We have written a detailed post on how to answer tell me about yourself .Just see this and prepare your answer.

Why shall we hire you for this job ?

Don’t panic if you are asked this question. Make sure that you have understood the job profile well before you go for the interview. Relate your qualifications and work experience with the job requirements. If there are any new things that you are expected to perform in the new job, say that you are always open to learn the new things and take up the new challenges.

Why do you want to leave your present job or why did you leave your last job?

You can mention many things here , like for learning new technologies. For expanding your skill set  , for changing locations etc.But remember never ever criticize your previous employer as that is considered as negative point.

What motivates you at work?

You can say that competition and new challenges motivate you at work.

What is your greatest strength?

Tell them a strength that they want to buy. For this you will need to properly understand the job profile and keep your answer ready. For example, if the job needs you to have convincing answers ready for the any type customer’s questions, you can sell “your presence of mind” or if you are required to change you sector or industry you can offer “your adaptability” as an answer. It is good to be prepared in advance.

What is your greatest weakness?

While being honest is good, but don’t if you have any weakness that can interfere in performing your duties better please dno’e tell them.It’s always good to answer with a to bring some humor here.You can say “I give me 100% and expect the same from my colleagues “etc.

What is your greatest achievement?

The underlying agenda is to know what personal qualities were required to achieve . Don’t go back too far to answer this question as this might give an impression that you have not achieved anything since then. Find a relevant answer in the recent past for this question. If you are a fresher and have been a topper of your college or university, you can say that during the interview.If you can mention some achievement related to your job that’s even better.

Are you ambitious?

You can say that I am very ambitious in the way that I don’t like to get a feeling of stagnancy. I want that I should always be getting new experiences and learning new things.

Have you appeared for an interview with other companies? Or how is your job search going on?

This question gives you an opportunity to let the interviewer know that other companies are also interested in hiring you and gives you leverage while negotiating the salary. You can say, Yes, I am in the final round of discussion with two other companies.

You have switched many jobs-why?

Too much job hopping gives an impression that the candidate is unstable and unreliable but you can put this query to ease by saying that you switched jobs to broaden your experience.

Have you ever made a mistake at work? How did you rectify it?

Everybody makes mistakes, there’s nothing wrong in admitting it. In the interview you can say that yes, there have been times when you have made mistakes and learnt from them. Whatever you could correct yourself, you did that and for the restnyou went back to your senior and took his help to sort it out.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

This again is a very common interview questions . Specially for freshers. By asking this question, the interviewer wants to see, how ambitious the candidate is You can say that, ” 5 years down the line I would like to see myself in a responsible position where I can make important decisions in the favor of company and the company treats me as its asset. I am sure that this company can offer me growth opportunities like this.”

What would you do if your team ceased to perform?

The agenda behind this question is to understand your management style. A good answer to this question could be, I will try to establish the reasons for nonperformance of the team and try to eradicate them.

What is your expected salary?

Don’t jump at a figure when you are asked this question during the personal interview. Try to turn the ball back into the interviewers court and ask him the type of salary the company offers for a position like this. Still, if you are required to answer this question, mention a range rather than talking about an exact figure but don’t keep the range too vast, you will be offered the one at the lower end.

Do you have any questions about our company ?

This is again an important question and is asked very frequently .Even if you are not asked , you should yourself try to ask this question to the interviewer. This show that you have done some research and are someone with curiosity. This gives you an edge over other candidates. You can ask questions like “which team I’ll be joining” , “tell me something about the work culture ”


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