An interview is best defined as a conversation between two or more people, where questions are asked by the person (interviewer or host of the show) to another person (candidate for the interview or, a popular personality) to reveal information in the form of statements or facts. However, in this article information will be given on the most common interview questions which a candidate has to face to get a job in any organization/company.
Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
An interviewer (HR or particular head of a department) will always have a tough job on hand. He/she has to select the suitable candidates out of the pile of resumes for a particular job. Then he/she has to ask questions in the interview to ascertain whether the candidate will fit in the process/environment of the organization. As per the popular psychology statement, an impression about a new person will be made in the first seven seconds of the meeting.
In a job interview, there will be many types of questions asked – such as your employment history, ability to work in a team, skills and abilities etc.
If you are a fresher, the most frequently asked interview questions are:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Of the courses you have had at college, which courses have you enjoyed the most?
- What is your GPA? How do you feel about it? Does it reflect your abilities?
- Of the hobbies and interests listed on your resume, what is your favorite and tell me why?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What goals have you set for yourself? How are you planning to achieve them?
- Why should I hire you?
- Why are you interested in our organization?
- What type of position are you seeking?
- What industry besides this one, are you looking into?
- Describe how your favorite course has contributed your career interests?
If you are an experienced professional, for example, with two to five years of experience, the commonly asked interview questions are:
- Why are you leaving your present job?
- What makes you think you can handle this position?
- What work experiences have been most valuable to you and why?
- How have your educational and work experiences prepared you for this position?
- Describe a leadership role of yours and tell why you committed your time to it.
- In a particular leadership role you had, what was your greatest challenge?
- Give me an example of an idea that has come to you and what you did with it?
- Give me an example of a problem you solved, and the process you used?
- Give me a situation in which you failed, and how you handled it?
- What can you contribute to this company?
- Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud and your contribution?
It is not mandatory that you will be asked only these job interview questions; they can also vary depending on the situation, job profile and the experience. However, we can affirm, that at least any two of the twelve questions in the fresher type and four of the eleven questions in the experienced professional ones can be asked for.
Interviews can be divided into seven types. Information is provided in the below paragraph:
Interviews and fate are similar. You never know what is in store on the next corner. Interviews can begin with a one-on-one meeting in one round and the next round can be a panel of many interviewers. It is mandatory that you know every fact about the details in your resume, or you will end up a shooting target similar to the deer standing three feet away from the hunter having a shotgun.
You have applied for a job giving the contact number. Ensure that you are ready for a call or you will be pulled out of the shower off-guard. The call display on either the mobile or landline should be good. The phone call will be to judge whether you can be called for a face-to-face interview. Unlike the direct face-to-face, it is the words and tone of speech which will help you make an impression. The call could also come because you had uploaded the resume on job portals or job websites. Be ready to take a call anytime.
Interviews Based on Behavior
You may be a fresher or experienced one. You can be asked to give a result based on an incident. The questions can range “Tell us/me about a situation when you” or “Can you kindly discuss the project where you used the relevant experience to solve the challenge?.” It is recommended to use the SAR story (situation, action and response story), but ensure the duration is three to five minutes and maintain eye-to-eye contact.
These interviews will be mostly confined to large organizations. You will meet the HR, and then the concerned Head of Department, and finally the person who will make the ultimate decision. The same questions may be asked again and again, to determine any changes. In all, the questions will be related to the teamwork, dedication and the job challenges along with your personal traits. SAR stories will come in handy.
Commonly given to professionals of high rank. If you have two decades of experience, a case study or business case will be given to you to solve within the least possible time. These tests are mainly to test the technical skills, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, leadership skills and strategic thinking and the skills to withstand pressure
The candidate will be put in a spot and checked how he/she handles the stress. It is advisable to let the interviewer know that you do not know the answer (if you do not) and get another question instead of focusing on negative points.
You might reveal new things to another person when the question is asked from a different angle. The major purpose of second and third interviews is to get new information.
It is challenging to speak or eat with a person (a stranger) who could be your boss, if the interview goes successfully. Research the internet on dining etiquette before you go for a meal interview. Also avoid foods that are allergic to you.
Tips for Success In Interviews
Be smartly dressed as per the job profile. Research the questions, practice and then relax. Know how to pronounce words. Get success!