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01 October 2014, 15:11   Report Abuse

Ritika Mathur

Sr. Manager

[ Scorecard : 188]

Interview is basically a series of questions asked from the interviewee to test his ability, wisdom and personality. {Interview-boards of many big companies also have an expert who can understand human psychology, and who is capable enough to read the mind of a candidate by studying his body language). We can divide the expected question in three categories: 1. Questions relating to personal information of a person (family background, interests, education, experience etc.); 2. Questions relating to his knowledge about the work he will be responsible for in the company; 3. Questions to check the personality of a person – his nature, ideology, decision-making & problem-solving ability etc.

Companies may have different set of questions according to their work culture. However most of the question are related to the categories of the questions given above. Some irrational questions are also asked by some interview boards. Don’t panic in such a situation. Maintain your self-confidence and answer in a simple and straightforward way. Interview board may be checking your psychological structure. If you get irritated or try to be over smart you will definitely be discarded from the list of expected winners.

It is easy to answer the question relating to your family, study, future planning etc. Here I am discussing some important questions whose answers must be well-thought and need preparation.

1. What should you tell us about yourself?

Possible Answer:
- I am graduate of ………. University. I completed my post graduate diploma in Marketing Management from YMCA. I worked in ABC International for three years as Marketing Executive. I was able to motivate my team in such a way that we mostly achieved more than our target. I always want to do something more for the company I am employed by.

2. What motivated you to join our company?

Possible Answers:
- I think I shall get a good environment in your company that nurtures growth and talent development.
- Mental faculties of a person develop in a right working environment. I have heard that your company provide such an atmosphere that helps the employees to work to the best of their capability.

3. Why do you want to leave your present job/company?

Possible Answers:
- New ideas are not appreciated there. The company is resistant to change. It causes job dissatisfaction.
- There is no scope for promotion or progress.
- I like challenges but my present job doesn’t provide any..

4. What are your strengths/positive traits?

Possible Answers:
- I am able to learn everything very fast. I am competent and disciplined.
- I am enthusiastic and know how to motivate people.
- I can take quick decisions under touch circumstances. I don’t lose my nerve.

5. What are your weaknesses/negative traits?

Possible Answers:
- I am over-concerned regarding the quality of my work.
- I may lose my sleep if I make some errors in my work.
- I don’t feel comfortable in parties and functions.

6. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Possible Answers:
- Working happily at a senior position in this company.
- Marching with the company like a determined soldier to scale new heights of innovation and progress.
- Working harder in this company for further promotion and achievement.

7. What did you like/dislike about your present/last job?

Possible Answers:
- I like/liked the other persons of my department.
- I like/liked travelling and meeting new people.
- I dislike/disliked resistance to new ideas.
- I feel/felt uneasy at the limited opportunities for advancement/promotion.

8. Give me an example of a time when you made a mistake. What was it and what were the consequences?

(You have to write an example from your personal experience. Example: Once my boss asked me to email a letter to a company. It was urgent. I thought I would do it after lunch period as I was feeling hungry. After lunch I found there was a fault in internet conncection. I was able to email the letter only in the evening. As it was Saturday so the company could respond only on Monday. The incident annoyed my boss. I pledged never to commit such a mistake again. I learnt that lunch can be skipped but work can not be.)

9. Did you ever try to give a new idea to your boss that benefited the company or your department?

(You have to write an example from your personal experience. Example: )

10. Were your ethics ever tested? What was the situation and what did you do?

- You have to write an example from your personal experience. Example: One of the employees tried to lure me with an offer of extra monthly income if I could share some secret information in my computer. I condemned him hard for his attitude. I firmly told him that it was better to resign from one’s post than to deceive the company. He appologised and promised that he would reform himself.

To gain confidence you must write your own answers and rehearse them with your friends, family members or in a training institute. Speak the truth otherwise today’s lie may cause trouble for you in future. Your answers must be relevant to the post you applied for. Long and irrelevant answers definitely irritate an interview board.

03 October 2014, 12:09  

Vaibhav Joshi

(F)CA, MBA aspirant

[ Scorecard : 1413]

All the best to all appearing for interview..

04 October 2014, 13:35  



[ Scorecard : 713]

thank you for sharing ..............

04 October 2014, 13:35  



[ Scorecard : 713]

keep sharing this type of information.........

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