Sample Interview QuestionsHere are the most commonly asked interview questions with the possible answers.
1. Tell me something about you?
Answer: Start by telling your name and where you work at present or which was your last job. If you are a student then tell the employer what are you studying currently. If you are an experienced professional then tell the employer about your current job, years of core experience and about your job profile in the previous companies. Also, tell your designation in your present and past companies.
2. Tell me something about your greatest achievement so far?
Answer: You must prepare for this question well. Here you have to talk about the greatest challenge that you have encountered so far in your work life and the strategy that you usually prepare to deal with it. Do not exaggerate the matters, say in short yet adding the important points. It would be better if you could present some proof for your achievement, although as the interviewer is an experienced person so he/she will understand the relevance of your statements. Remember that the way you present yourself here will portray your strengths indirectly.
3. Why do you want to leave your previous job?
Answer: This is a tricky question but be very careful not to fall in any trap. Begin your reasons with a positive note and talk about the logical, professional reasons for leaving the job. Remember that there are issues in every company but don’t give this reason for leaving the job. Good companies look for team players who will not grumble about the situation but will look for the solution instead. You can state business reasons or say that you want a job where you can see yourself growing along with the organization. If you have personal reasons for changing the job, then you can mention them too but make sure not to display your week side too much.
4. Do you take your work home often?
Answer: This is another tricky question and to this one, shorter the answer the better it is. When answering to this one, do not portray yourself as exceptionally good. Be genuine and honest in your reply. You can say that in unusual circumstances when work demands extra time and effort you realize the situation and act accordingly. You can also mention that there can be unexpected work in every field, so if required you can go out of way for the work.
5. How to you deal with stress in your work life?
Answer: If asked, then you can mention the reason behind the stress and try to figure out the solution to it. Further you can add something like this “If I see there are people who are adding to my stress level then I believe in discussing with them and focusing on the professional as well as personal issues that lead to such stressful situation. I also believe that humans may have psychological issues which affect their work. So, when I talk about performance I focus on the human side also apart from just being a professional. Over all I would focus on the working environment as it greatly contributes to the performance of individuals. ”
6. Why do you want to join our organization?
Answer: The answer to this question will include various parameters on the basis of which you intend to be a part of the organization. You can talk about your interest in the job profile that the company has to offer you (give reasons for the same) and the position of the organization in the industry that it operates in. Also, speak about the growth of the organization and your willingness of being a part of that growth. You can talk about the work and corporate culture of the company. Be prepared to give logical reasons for the same, for instance talk about mission and vision of the company publishes on the internet and how it interests you.
7. What goals have you set for the next three years?
Answer: Always remember that it’s necessary to realize in which direction you want to go and what are the things that you need to plan for the same. When you answer questions like these you must relate your intentions along with the work that is required to be done. For instance if you say that “I want to be the zonal head”, then it’s not enough. You must give a proper explanation like as a team leader what all work you have done previously and how you will use your abilities to achieve the next level.
8. How do you prepare yourself to make path to reach goals?
Answer: There is no set answer to this question. Hence, when you give answer to this one remember to attach a valid reason behind your plan/strategy. Your answers may include “switching companies to get a wider knowledge about the industry”, (one more example). Talk about interest in taking new assignments so to get a deeper, wider knowledge. Also mention about being a team player and what attributes are required for that.
9. What is your definition about the ideal job?
Answer: If you want the job, then your answer to this question will include the qualities of job. This does not mean that you will narrate the job description line by line. You can relate your interests with the job profile. Present your answer in a manner so that it sounds genuine and not copied from somewhere.
10. What are the major challenges that you have encountered so far in your career?
Answer: When asked about the major challenges you must focus on the hurdles that you have faced in your work life and not the achievements. Be honest when you reply for this question. You can prepare this by noting down the difficult/challenging situations and how you dealt in it. Give reasons and proofs for every statement that you say.