Job interview might seem easy

Questions asked in a job interview might seem easy but in reality the interview panel is assessing every word of yours.

An outstanding resume, impeccably professional attire and a pleasant personality might see enough to bag that job you have been eyeing. But in reality how you face the volley of questions thrown at you seals your fate in a job interview.

Though there are no hard and fast rules as to what bouncers you will to tackle, there are some common questions that you can expect Remember, these responses are only suggestions. Try to personalize your response as much as possible.

Tell me something about yourself

A common question that helps breaks the ice and keeps the conversation flowing is also your first opportunity to offer an overview of yourself and accomplishments. Your answer should be precise and structured to offer a brief personal and professional summary of yourselves.

What are your greatest strengths?

You need to leverage this question to highlight not just your best skills but also traits that are desired for the current opportunity. Describe two or three skills that are most relevant to the job. Avoid clinches or generalities.

Examples: Leadership skills, team building skills and organizational skills ability to handle multiple tasks, time management.

What do you know about our organization?

Every recruiter expects you to have some basic knowledge about the organization. Focus your response on what you understand about the company (history/ products/industry/leaderships / performance record) and what you find exciting about it future.

Why should we hire you?

Before you respond to the question you need to ensure that you understand the specific needs and expertise relevant to the position. The answer should cover how the person is going to contribute in the organization, what value additions he or she brings in and what are the unique selling propositions

How long do you plan to stay with us?

The best answer here would be to say that one is looking for a long term career progression and growth opportunities are provided. Do not mention a job title that one would want next or the interviewer will wonder if one already preoccupied with moving on.

What is your biggest weakness?

Always try to turn your weakness into a positive or demonstrate how you have tried to overcome your weakness.

Examples: I’m a perfectionist, I sometimes have a hard time delegating or I tend to expect others to work as hard as I do.

The interviewer is trying to see how one would handle a difficult situation in the workplace and the approach to problem solving. The best bet is to choose a situation preferably that wasn’t caused by self and which had a positive outcome and explain what one did to overcome the problem.

Why do you want to leave your present organization?

This is not an opening to speak badly of the former employer. Focus on your need for newer challenges greater responsibilities and increased learning opportunity. You may want to emphasize on how the current opportunity is aligned to your long term aspirations and career goals.

What are your expectations regarding remuneration?

It is wise to defer the question till the company has decided to hire your for sure. If the interviewer insists on a response try and keep your response broad and generic. The best answer would be that you expect that you would be given a fair raise in terms of your qualifications and experience proportionate with peers / similar roles in the organization.

What do you look for in a job?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. You need to show enthusiasm during the interview and highlight your focus on opportunities that meet your long term career plans and support professional growth and development.

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