Let’s Accept it, giving interviews Sucks.
Wearing Crisp clothes and telling interviewer sitting in front of you “how you are perfect fit for the company, confidently while you are shaking inside is not an easy job. But don’t worry. Because even the “interviewer” was an “interviewee” once. So at the end of the day, even they want you to do well. Because they want to hire you. But all they need to know is your capabilities for the job and how much you are prepared. By the end of this article, I am going to get you prepared.

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There are Three different Kind of Interview questions.

  • Technical 
  • Analytical 
  • Behavioral 

For example, if you are wishing to get a banking job, then technical questions will be related to balance sheet, accounts, business ideas,  credit, debit, customers etc.
Analytical questions can be like, how much you will get back if you give 10 K to 20 people and they return back to you with 4 % profit increase each year, etc.
And behavioral questions will be related to your life events. By the help of these questions they want to know how you can handle the problems in any real situation.

It is common that most interviewers ask behavioral questions more than other two kinds. Because by judging your real life behavior they get a better clue of your capabilities of handling situations.

5 Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions.

1. Tell me about yourself. 

I can say, almost 100 percent of the times, this is the question from which an Interview starts. Because before anything else,  the interviewer wants to know 2 things.
  • Can you communicate properly.
  • What is most important to you. 

So while answering this,  don’t talk about your favourite Tv shows, or your favorite soccer player. Don’t start telling your life story from beginning “once upon a time when I was a baby” etc. The only thing the interviewer is interested in that ” are you the right person for their job?.  So summarize your answer in three main categories. 

  1. Summarize your experience or education in a single line. Use an adjective to define your personality. For example, if you are a fresher, you can say something like ” I am John, an hardworking IT graduate,  specialize in ABC. 
  2. After that you should talk about your best work or your education and training. Along with my degree, I completed xyz courses and so on.
  3. The way you answer this question will shape your rest of Interview. 

Why Do You Want This Job?

I want a job because “money”. This could be your thinking. But interviewer is thinking differently at this time.
Money is important. But if that is the only reason because of why you want this job, then you will leave anytime somewhere else for better salary sooner or later. Why they will waste their time and effort for training you? 
So through this question, the interviewer wants to know why you want this job particularly. 
So tell them what motivates you to work for this company. Don’t give typical answer like ” this is very good company that’s why I want to join in”. 
This is how you can answer this question perfectly. 
  • Research About the company. Check their website, follow their media coverage and other available sources. 
  • Talk to friends who are working there, and figure out ,what is it about the company that appeals most to you.  For example “company’s reputation, their culture is encouraging for leaning and development etc.
  • Align your skills with the role. Now your next statement should highlight how your skills go along with the vibe of the company or role. For example ” I have read on your website. You are planning to launch new program/ product in coming year, and I would love to be a part of  that growth. 

Interview is also same as going on a date. Before you go in a date with someone,  you stalk their Facebook, Twitter etc to know about him/her. Same is the case here. Do a good research about the company/institute you are going to interview for. Find out what is most common between the company and you. 

3. What are Your Strengths And Weaknesses. 

They want to know 2 things. 
Do you know your Strengths, so that you have the focus to do what you do.
Do you acknowledge your Weaknesses, so you can work on improving them.
While answering this,  don’t try to be superman by saying I am too perfect or I work too hard more than anyone etc. Because nobody will believe on these fairy tales. Everyone can tell ” he is good on this good on that” but to make it believable, you need to tell them how you are good in that thing. 
Show them you are a human, be simple,  straight and honest. But don’t start as you are the weakest person in the planet. Be moderate too.

4. Challenges you have Faced at Work.

There could be 20 candidates waiting after you. So that means the interviewer doesn’t have a full day to only Interview you. That’s why they ask tough questions. Reason behind asking this question is that they want to know how you handle a tough situation. How you solve problems. And how you work under stress. The biggest mistake most of females make, that they take this question personally. Like ” there was a colleague of me, she got jealous with me then abcdef. Here is the best way to answer this question. 
  1. Talk about the challenge, briefly. 
  2. Focus more on how you overcame the Challenge.
  3. Talk about, what you have learned from the Challenge. 
  4. Talk about, how you are helping your teammates, who are facing the same challenge.

Remember that any management like to hear the sound “we” more than “I” in their team. 

5. Where do You See Yourself in Next Five Years. 

Through this question, the interviewer wants to know that “how much ambitious you are”. And If Your longterm goals align with the company. 
Don’t say ” I see myself at your place”. It sounds too arrogant. 
Stress that you are intrested in a longterm career. And showcase your enthusiasm. It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do 5 years down the lane,but you need to demonstrate how eager you are to join this job.


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