How to answer commonly asked Interview questions?
The ability to provide a strong and lucid answer to common job interview questions is the key to getting hired. You should always prepare the frequently asked questions before heading for any interview. You should work on a strategy for your responses and be clear in your mind about what you want to speak about and what not. Those who crack their interviews and get hired do not get the job simply because of the luck factor. A lot of time must be spent on preparing how to ace an interview and acquiring the knowledge of what kind of answers an interviewer expects from you.
Following are some of the common questions that an interviewer may ask you along with a brief guide on how to go about answering them:
1) Tell me about yourself
To answer this question, identify some of your main characteristics and remember them. Describe your qualifications, career progress and range of skills. Ensure that you emphasize those skills which are relevant to the job you are interviewing for. Do not give the interviewer your life history here by explaining everything from birth to present day. Relevant facts about education, career and your present life situation are fine.
2) What are your strengths?
To answer this, focus on highlighting your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies such as your ability to learn quickly, will to succeed, optimistic attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples of the above so it is better to be prepared with some.
3) What do you dislike about your present job?
Be careful with what you answer here. Do not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses that will leave you open to further problems. A safe approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company, such as its size or slow growth etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and challenges in his stride as part of the job.
4) Where do you see yourself in five years?
Employers want to hire ambitious individuals who can help take the company to the next level while achieving their own personal goals. You don’t need to have your future mapped out, but it is important to have a sense of your long-term career and education goals.
5) What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
The purpose of this question is to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving. In order to show yourself in a positive light, select a difficult work situation that you had to tackle and describe it briefly. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, how you approached and tackled it and what the final outcome was.
6) What motivates you to do a good job?
Never answer this question with MONEY, even if it is the real reason. You should be motivated by your life’s goals and pursuits. You want recognition for your job. You want to become better at what you do. You want to help others or be a leader in your field.
These were some of the most common questions that are asked nowadays. There are plenty more and it would be advisable to do some research and prepare yourself before every interview. Your career may depend on it.
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