10 Typical Interview Questions And How To Prepare for them
Would you like to be confident that you will do well in interviews?
The interview process is unique for every company. But, you are likely to receive some common interview questions in almost every company’s interview.
You will also find general tips and ways of preparing for these interview questions, which we recommend as a way to best answer these questions. However, you should make these examples your own, so that you can make the questions fit your particular profile.
The 10 Most Typical Interview Questions:
- Tell me a little about yourself
- Can you tell me your greatest strengths?
- What’s your biggest weakness?
- What is your reason for leaving (or why did you leave) this position?
- What motivates me to hire you?
- Why are you interested in working at our company?
- When you come on board, what changes are you going to make?
- Are you capable of working under pressure?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- Could you give an example where you showed team spirit?
I have a few general tips to give before discussing answers to the above questions:
Confidently express yourself.
A positive attitude and optimism are always helpful when appearing for interviews.
Instead of focusing on all your past experiences, both good and bad, or how negative they were, focus on the positives of those experiences. Then you will be able to learn from them.
Honesty is the best policy.
Presenting a false profile of who you are or what kind of skills and experiences you have in an interview not only doesn’t result in a job, but also sets the wrong expectations of your abilities and capabilities which you will only be able to demonstrate on the job.
However, companies invest resources in hiring potential employees by performing a background check, so instead of worrying about a falsified claim being verified with a reference, be honest and keep your mind at rest.
Make sure your body language is clear
- Men should wear business formals, while women should wear formals or ethnic wear.
- Standing up straight is the right way to sit.
- Don’t forget to smile
- Shake hands with confidence.
- Be sure to maintain eye contact whenever appropriate.
Understand the role and company of the company.
When applying for a specific role, you ought to do your research about the specific company before going to interviews.
Check out the company’s website – at least you’ll know what the company does. Find out what are some of their core products and services.
Try to read their Vision, Mission, and Value statements – you may find them useful in your answers.
Finally, be sure to read the Job Description as well as the Requirements for the position you are applying for thoroughly. Essentially, find out what your future employer is looking for, and demonstrate in the interview why you will fit their needs.
In this section, we will discuss how to answer 10 of the most typical Interview Questions And How To Prepare For Them
1. Tell me a little about yourself?
Examples of responses to this question are as follows:
|1. What your full name is and where you stay:||“My name is Pranav Varma, I stay at Pune”|
|2. What is your educational background:||In 2016, I graduated from the Maharashtra Board’s HSC with a grade point average of 70%.|
|3. What skills and knowledge do you possess?||My typing speed is 20 words per minute and I have completed the Microsoft Certified Information Technology program.|
|4. Please describe your experience, if any:||I used to do Sales and Marketing in a Call Centre and have worked there for a period of 10 months.|
After presenting your basic information, focus on how your skills, qualifications, and work experience are of use to the company’s needs.
The homework that you have done about the company and the role you are applying for will be helpful in this regard.
An additional approach to answering this question is to follow-up your introduction by asking, “what exactly does the interviewer want in this profile?”
Focusing on only the skills and experiences that are relevant for this position saves you a lot of time.
2. Can you tell me your greatest strengths?
You should be able to show off your greatest strengths in this interview question. Before any interview, you should make a mental list of your best qualities.
The most impressive achievements from the past should be cited for each of your strengths.
As a general rule, there are certain characteristics that are very much sought after among employees:
- Your achievements need to match up with the employer’s requirements
- Being trustworthy and honest – basically good human beings
- An outstanding team player who will contribute to the company’s success
- Having a positive attitude
- A good communicator
- Dedicated – willing to go the extra mile in order to achieve excellence.
- Being clear about your goals or purpose
- Motivation – a very high level of enthusiasm
- Leadership skills, confidence, and self-awareness
3. What’s your biggest weakness?
Preparing well for this question and responding carefully is crucial. You don’t want to make any mistakes.
However, it would seem unfair to say that you don’t have any weaknesses if you sounded arrogant or dishonest.
The best way to positively answer this question is:
- Find a weakness that doesn’t matter too much to the job you’re applying to
- How have you identified the problem and how are you working to resolve it?
Besides showing a willingness to admit your weakness, this will show your motivation to improve yourself.
Make sure that your responses sound authentic and honest at all times. If you prepare beforehand, you can do this.
4. What is your reason for leaving (or why did you leave) this position?
Answering this question honestly is the best way to avoid sounding like you are only blaming others or yourself. Do not provide negative remarks about your previous industry, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers.
Instead, approach this question in a positive way; some of the ways you can do that is:
- Your current / previous job does not enable you to learn or gain specific skills or experience.
- The people you work with should be more skilled and experienced than you.
- Growing professionally or financially gives you an opportunity to expand your horizons.
- Learn entirely new skills etc. and expand your horizons.
Prepare a brief explanation of your reasons for leaving each position in your past experience.
Do not lie about being fired from your previous job if you were.
Rather than complaining, explain how you could understand how this happened from the company’s point of view, and show that you are not angry about it. This shows that you are professional and mature.
5. What motivates me to hire you?
Answering this question is not as simple as answering it. You need to identify what the company’s needs and expectations are from a potential hire. Only by knowing what the company wants can you accurately answer this question more effectively than any other candidate.
Walk through the requirements of the position as you understand them, and then follow each with a statement that demonstrates how you meet that requirement. Include numbers and statistics where possible to provide evidence of your past performance. Data always sounds more credible than just words.
A person with excellent customer service skills is one who can politely talk to people and handle their issues.l
The following could be your reason for being hired:
My experience as a Customer Service executive has prepared me to be a great fit for this role. My training to handle 150 customer grievances weekly coupled with the expertise I gained will enable me to understand your customers’ issues and resolve them effectively.
6. Why are you interested in working at our company?
It is your responsibility to read up on the company, its website, its services, their values, vision, and mission thoroughly. As we mentioned previously, you need to read the company, their website, their services and their mission to be prepared before going to the interview.
The following can be a few of the reasons for your response:
- I want to give my best to the products and services the company is developing and I want to work with them.
- Seeing how the firm makes an impact inspires your motivations to do great work, and you desire to join the team.
- Your company has a great working environment, and that is appealing to you.
- The company seems to be your best choice for learning, growing, cultivating skills, etc.
7. When you come on board, what changes are you going to make?
For candidates applying for management positions, or for senior positions, this is a question that’s usually asked.
This question can be answered as follows:
- Think of the top two or three items that will have the biggest impact on you.
- How would you approach them? Make a list of ideas or actions.
- You should describe your actions and their timelines as much as possible .
- If you have any examples from your past training or experience, do so whenever possible
8. Are you capable of working under pressure?
You probably want to give the obvious answer here, Yes. But make sure your answer is believable.
You can provide an example of how you faced pressure well by telling a story or providing an incident that you experienced.
This answer will come in handy if a question like that is asked in the future.
9. Why did you leave your last job?
Before answering this question, you should understand how the question is asked. It is most commonly asked of candidates who have prior experience while on interview.
It is not only the interviewer who asks you this question, but also the intent to know:
- Have you experienced any similar requirements with your recent experience?
- How did you take care of your responsibilities there, and what will you be able to do in this role well?
- Were you successful in your last role and will you succeed in this one?
When you have realized these intentions, tailor your answer to communicate particularly about your knowledge, your skills, and your achievements.
10. Could you give an example where you showed team spirit?
Almost always, you’ll be joining a team within the new company. So interviewers usually want to make sure you’re a good team player who can work well with others. Teams with individuals who perform well when working together have much better chances of success as a whole.
In order to effectively answer it, you need to cite an example that is both relevant and current.
Explain how you responded to a situation by keeping your own ego and own opinions at bay, and how this ultimately improved the team’s performance in the long run.
This list of basic interview questions should help keep you prepared. Stay confident, stay prepared, and stay positive. These are some of the most typical interview questions and how to prepare them. You may be asked by a range of employers across sectors.
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