Most Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

 

It is extremely important to prepare for a job interview. Most candidates research the company, prepare responses to typical questions asked in an interview and prepare a few questions that you think the employer might ask. But are you sure the answers you have prepared are the once that the hiring manager seeks or are you giving responses that are lowering your chances of getting selected.

Even one of the simplest of questions “Can you tell me about yourself?” can be detrimental to the fortunes of the most able of the candidates. But it also gives you a chance to make an impression on the interviewer.

Here are some interview questions and tips on how to answer them

1.”Please tell me about yourself?”

Though this question looks pretty straight forward it is not so simple. By starting the interview with this inquiry, the HR manager is trying to ascertain your confidence level, how motivated you are your passion for the job and your communication skills

So it is most advisable to talk about your career progression and not your personal life. And mostly elaborate on your experience and skills as they relate to the job and mention about your educational background as a student. Then close by explaining why this particular position is of interest to you. Last but not the least you should be confident and passionate in whatever you speak.

2. “What interests you in our company?”

While another seemingly simple question also gives you a lot of room to make a case as to why a hiring manager should trust you. Although the question seems to be asking what you want, the interviewer is really interested in what assets you would bring to the company and how you are a good fit for this position. Though you might be tempted to mention what you’ll be receiving in this position, the interviewer really is interested in what assets of yours would be of interest to the company.

So instead of talking about how the position would suit you, talk about your respect for the company and its products and services. Explain how well the job posting matches your skills. And make sure that you research the company before you come for an interview by knowing its values, philosophy and current challenges it is facing. By providing the hiring manager enough points about how you are adding value to the open position and the company, you gain an extra two points increase your chances of getting selected and will give you an edge from the rest of the applicants in competition with you for the position.

3. “Tell me your greatest strengths and weaknesses”

You don’t have to reveal everything here. You have to stay midway. You should not overstate your strengths. One way of tackling this question is to mention just the weaknesses you have conquered and explain how you have turned those into strengths.
Also you should try and not make this question about your personal issues like alcohol, drugs, illness etc. Keep it professional. Although it can also be a great opportunity to highlight your strengths over weaknesses, you can start with your slight weakness that was impacting you and then the overcome part of it should play the trick of highlighting numerous strengths present in you.

4. “What is the reason for looking for a switch?”

Be positive while replying to this question. And don’t resort to bashing your current boss, company or co-workers. Although you may be struggling with a difficult manager or workplace, hiring managers are looking for problem solvers and not those complaining about problems. Don’t reveal all the grievances that you may currently be holding rather explain that your current role has helped you grow and you want more challenges at work. Or that you found this position very attractive and you had to apply.
If you were fired, you should not hide the fact but instead focus on the achievements that you might have had during the period.

It is important to be prepared but at the same time you should relax, be yourself and let the interviewer see your personality traits. If you give them too many scripted replies, the interviewer will obviously feel that you are not a real person but just churning out replies that they want to hear.

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