Job interviews can be pretty nerve wracking, especially when you are faced with tough interview questions that leave you completely at a loss for words. Unless you are witty enough to give a creative answer that impresses the interviewer, it is best to go prepared. Getting good Resume Formats is just a start. A good way to initiate the preparation is to strengthen your stress management capacity. Instead of succumbing to pressure, you should be able to stay calm and divert all of your focus on giving the best non-cliché answer.
Here are someinterview questions that are commonly asked, but in an interview scenario, it can scare the hell out of even the most seasoned candidates. Consider these as interview tips for helping you to secure your dream job.
“Tell me about yourself.”
Once the recruiter has gone through your Professional Resume, this is the first question that is posed to the candidate. No one expects you to blabber about your life history because it is not at all relevant with the job profile. Instead, talk about your qualifications and experience in brief. Mention key achievements, trainings, skills acquired and most importantly your future goals. Keep everything relevant to the job profile that is being offered and state quantifiable facts wherever possible.
Suggested Answer: “I graduated / completed my education from XYZ University with _____ (degree name) and I have been working with ABC Company since then. [I was selected by the BCD Company in 2010 with _____ work profile]. Throughout my career, I have helped generate huge business revenue by contributing towards the growth of development of ______ (field name). My proven track record comprises ________ (Facts such as 20% reduction in delivery time, etc. Having acquired the required skills, I now plan on moving further and pursuing _______ (mention goals such as undertaking key managerial responsibilities, working as a business strategist, etc.).
“Why did you leave your last job?”
Never, and I mean Never badmouth your previous company. 90% of candidates take this opportunity to portray their previous company in a negative image in hopes of getting better working environment in the new company. Little do they know, that this could very well end their chances of getting the job. A good way to go about answering this question would be to speak about the skills and abilities that you gained in your previous job and the ways in which it would help you to execute your responsibilities in the new work profile.
Suggested Answer: “I learned a lot from my previous company but I guess that organizations, like people, have their distinctive personalities. My creativity wasn’t compatible enough with the organization. However, now I am pretty sure that I know where I and my creativity may fit in.”
“What do you think are your weaknesses?”
Ouch! The one question that everyone fears. Speaking about your weakness is not the most enjoyable thing in the world. There is always this dilemma that being frank may either get you the job or may become the very reason behind your rejection. There are times in life when it is best to keep our mouth shut. This is one of those precious moments. By staying away from giving an answer, you actually save yourself a lot of troubles which could worsen if you happen to be in the presence of a highly scrutinizing recruiter. Don’t bother giving generic replies such as “I can’t cook”, “I am excessively detail oriented”, etc. If you are compelled to say something, then you better speak about possible areas of improvement and the ways in which it may prove to be an asset for the company in the coming times. There could the possibility that you never got the opportunity to develop a particular skill.
Suggested Answer: “In my last job, I was not able to develop my ____ skills. I would like to work in an organization where I am given the opportunities to develop as well as practically apply these skills.”
“Where do you see yourself after N years?”
No, you are not being asked to give an astrological prediction. This is the recruiters’ most preferred way of gauging the extent to which you are committed to achieving your career goals. It is best if you express your career’s stability to the employer and provide assurance that your association with the company would be for a long term. Be realistic and a little more diplomatic. Keep those cliché lines out of the way. No one wants to hear – “I see myself taking over this company”, “I want to pursue my own business”, etc.
Suggested Answer: “I want to secure a ______ position with a national firm that operates in the ___________ sector. Ideally, I would like to work for a young company or a new venture such as this one, so I can get the benefit of all the opportunities that a growing firm has to offer. It will also provide me the platform where I may get to implement my strategies for strengthening the company and contributing towards its growth.”
“If you could choose any company to work for, where would you go?”
It would be the biggest mistake of your life if you actually considered taking the name of any other company other than the one in which you have just applied and are being interviewed for. Always speak about the job and the company for which you are being interviewed. No interviewer will ever give preference to you if you have second options or give priority to other organizations. We have all heard the phrase – “Love your job and what you do!” Well, it’s time to implement it.
Suggested Answer: “I would never have applied for a position in this company if I was not bent upon sincerely working for it. Instead of targeting big organizations, I want to contribute my efforts towards making this organization amongst the top ranking businesses in the world.” [You may also include specific instances as to why you like this company and what makes it so appealing to you.]