Behavioral Interview Questions

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Today I am mentioning few Behavioral Interview Questions that are asked by interviewers to check the mindset , attitude and the adaptability of the candidates. These are extremely important if any candidate wants to land the dream job that he/she is looking for.

  1. Tell me about a time in the last week when you’ve been satisfied, energized, and productive at work.What were you doing?
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to juggle several projects at the same time. How did you organize your time?What was the result?
  3. Tell me about a project that you planned. How did you organize and schedule the tasks?
  4. Describe a time when you felt stressed or burdened. How did you handle it?
  5. Give an example of a time when you delegated an important task successfully.
  6. How do you determine what amount of time is reasonable for a task?
  7. Recall a time when your manager was unavailable when a problem arose. How did you handle the situation? Who did you consult with?
  8. What would motivate you to make a move from your current role?
  9. What’s the biggest career goal you’ve achieved?
  10. When was the last time you asked for direct feedback from a superior and why?
  11. Tell me about one of your favorite experiences working with a team and the contributions you made.
  12. Recall a time when you were assigned a task outside of your job description. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome?
  13. Tell me about the biggest change you have had to deal with? How did you adapt to that change?
  14. Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a co-worker’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your outcomes.
  15. What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?
  16. What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?
  17. What would make you choose our company over others?
  18. Tell me about a time when you led by example. What did you do and how did others react?
  19. Tell me about the toughest decision you had to make in the last 1 year
  20. Describe a time when you volunteered to expand your knowledge at work

“Tell me about yourself” interview question

This question seems to strike fear into the hearts of many candidates – and yet, ironically, the motivation for asking it is to relax people at the beginning of the interview! It also allows you to get off to a good start and to highlight some key, interesting facts about yourself – so make the most of the opportunity.

What is interesting about you?

Make a list of your key achievements, your main areas of work and your particular skills and training. You can also include some non-work related facts. For example if you do work for charity or run a local football team, these involve skills that are of interest to a future employer.

Do remember how many times the interviewer will have asked this question and so try to pick some things which are memorable and perhaps a bit different from what everyone will say.

Structure your answer

This type of answer really needs some structure otherwise you can end up just burbling away and then running out of things to say.

Introduction

This is like the top line of your CV. It’s a thumbnail sketch of who you are, what you do and what kind of roles you are looking for. It will probably be just a few sentences.

Three main points

Look at your list and select three things to structure your answer around. Three is a memorable number – it helps the listener to follow what you are saying and also allows you to keep on track.

For each point;

Explain what the skill or area of work is.

“I was responsible for creating a new software database for my department.”

Emphasise what you did, what was involved and how you did it.

“I had to do a lot of research to discover what was needed and I had to make sure that everyone bought in to it and was able to use it.”

Add what you learnt and what you gained from it.

“I learnt that some people can be resistant to change, but that once I had explained the benefits fully, and really listened to their input, then they accepted it. Now they say they can’t imagine how they managed all those years without it. It really gave me the confidence to initiate and lead projects.”

Try to end with the most powerful and interesting point as this will stay in the interviewer’s memory.

Conclusion

It is very important to finish cleanly and on a strong note. So sum up and then end by re-stating what kind of role you are now looking for (being sure that it fits appropriately with the current interview).

Practice

Practice this answer out loud a few times so you get a sense that it flows well and makes sense. Don’t learn it off by heart – as it is then difficult to make it seem spontaneous. But do become familiar with the material, and adapt it as necessary depending on the job you are applying for.

How to overcome interview nerves?

Everyone gets nervous at a job interview. If you didn’t get nervous, it would mean you didn’t care. The problem is that sometimes the nerves can affect your performance so you may appear lacking in energy or unenthusiastic or just plain terrified! So here are some crucial techniques to help you control your nerves.

Practice

This is something which many people neglect to do – and yet it makes a huge difference. Either get someone to ask you some specimen questions or ask yourself the question and then practice speaking the answers. A lot of nervous energy comes from fear of the unknown or fear that we are going to freeze or look stupid. So by practising answers aloud, it will start to feel more familiar and your confidence will grow.

Relaxation and Breathing

It is important to be as physically relaxed as possible before an interview as, not only will this help you to feel more confident, it will also project confidence to the interviewer.

So take a few minutes, either at home before you leave or find somewhere quiet at the interview venue. Roll your shoulders a few times, forwards and backwards, shake the tension out of your arms and hands, look in a mirror and smile to remind yourself to do it later!

Breathe in deeply through your nose to a count of four and then out through your mouth to a count of five. Make sure you are still physically relaxed. Try placing your hand on your stomach and think of breathing deeply (rather than shallow breathing in your chest).

Visualisation

Ask yourself this question: “How do I make myself nervous?” Now think about the answer. No one is making you nervous – you are doing that yourself. So how do you do it? Perhaps you imagine yourself going blank in the interview? Or going red and stammering? Our ability to make ourselves feel emotions by using our imagination is highly developed. It’s just a shame that so many of us imagine the worst case scenario! The result is it makes us really nervous, which then means we perform badly and end up fulfilling that worst case scenario. In order to break this cycle, imagine yourself in the interview with it all going really well. You are calm, relaxed and friendly. You are answering all the questions easily and in a structured way. You are feeling confident and in control. It helps to reinforce the scenario if you use all your senses. So imagine what it will look like, what it will sound like and what it will feel like.

You’re the solution to their problem

Someone conducting an interview has a problem. They have an empty role in their organisation – and you could be the solution to that problem. As you walk through the door rather than focusing on being judged, imagine that you are there to help them. Changing the way you think about the interview can have a huge impact on your confidence.

How to deal with competency based interviews?

Increasingly, interviews are based on competencies. These are particular skills and qualities they are looking for in a candidate. Some examples of competencies are:

Leadership
Team working
Communication skills
Conflict management
Delegation
Influencing
Risk taking
Integrity

Preparation

Check on the competencies required in the job description or the application form. Then think about examples from your work when you have demonstrated them. It is important when talking about competencies to always give examples. Usually they will ask for this: “Tell me about a time when you had to use your communication skills to influence someone.”

Make notes in bullet form so that you can review them before the interview. If possible have two examples of each one because sometimes they ask you for another example.

Don’t worry about stating the obvious. What may seem obvious to you, still needs saying. For example you may believe that you are acting with integrity all the time but you still need to come up with a specific example. If you don’t say it, then they can’t give you credit for it. You could say something like: “My aim is to act with integrity at all times but I suppose a particular example where that became important was…”

Delivery

When answering this type of competency question try using the following ‘STAR’ structure to give coherence to you answers.

S for Situation: What was the situation you found yourself in? Set the scene with a couple of sentences. Don’t go into too much detail at this point – save that for later.

T for Task: What was it you had to do? What was the project?

A for Action: This part is crucial. What did you do? How did you influence the outcome? What effective behaviours did you display?

R for Result : People often forget this part. So make sure you end by clearly stating what happened as a result of your actions.

Using this structure will give your answers clarity and direction and will help you to speak to the point and to know that you’ve given the right amount of information.

Practice

Practice using the STAR technique, but don’t learn answers off by heart as this can sound over-prepared and inauthentic. Instead become familiar with discussing the examples so that when it is required you are able to speak fluently and precisely.

How to sell yourself in a job interview?

Many people find this challenging because they worry they will sound like they’re showing off. It can help to think about it in a different way. You’re not showing off, you’re just explaining directly and positively, why you are right for the job.

Make a list of all your strengths and all your positive qualities and why you would be great for this role. Ask your colleagues and friends as well – sometimes other people can see these things better. Take some time to remind yourself of all your skills and experience, so that when asked, you will appear enthusiastic and committed.

‘I’ not ‘we’

When talking about successful projects or achievements make sure you give yourself full credit. It’s easy to get into the habit of talking as a team because that is often important in a work context. For example: “We achieved the targets.” However in an interview start getting used to emphasising what you did personally. For example: “I made sure that everyone understood what was required by meeting with them individually and as a result I achieved my target – along with the rest of the team.”

Voice

If you voice is monotone or very quiet then you will sound unenthusiastic and they will be less likely to believe you. Practice making your voice more engaging by really focusing on the interviewers and deliberately making what you say as interesting as possible. It can help to record your practice answers and listen to them. Try emphasising key words and slowing down your delivery as this makes the voice easier to listen to.

Body Language

Body language is also an important element when trying to come across with confidence and enthusiasm. Avoid slumping in your chair or fidgeting nervously. Before the interview, practice how you will sit. Relax your shoulders, sit up and make direct eye contact – and remember to smile as this will make you look confident and friendly. Use your hands to gesture, just as you would if you were talking to someone in a normal situation.

Selling yourself

“Why should we give you this job?”

“What’s special about you?”

“What makes you think you’re right for this role?”

These are typical interview questions, so have answers ready, based on the list of strengths and your experience.

Remember, you’ve done really well to get this interview. Now you need to make sure they understand just how right you are for the job. They are not mind readers… You have to tell them while demonstrating confidence, enthusiasm and commitment.

Ask These Interview Questions to Avoid Misunderstandings

At the end of most job interviews you are asked if you have any question for the interviewer or the company. This is a golden opportunity to position yourself as the best candidate and of course also find out if this is the company where you want to work.

You simply ask the employer to voice their concerns and by being able to respond, you can avoid any misunderstandings. Make sure that you give them time to properly voice their concern and then attempt to clarify or respond.

It takes some courage to ask some of these interview questions, but the return is much greater than other types of questions. When asked in an open and inviting way, they can get you closer to getting that dream job.

Interview Questions To Ask

  • Are there any personal development opportunities available?
  • Now that we’ve had a chance to talk, how does my background measure up to the requirements of the job? To the other candidates?
  • What particular aspects of my background and experience interested you the most?
  • What do you consider the weakest part of my profile?
  • Do you have any concerns about my skills, education, or experience?
  • Are there any areas in which you feel that I fall short of your requirements?
  • What causes you concern about my candidacy?
  • How do you feel I match your requirements for this position?
  • What are your concerns about hiring me?
  • Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job and fit in?
  • Based on my experience and the job description, is it possible that you may consider me overqualified?
  • Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate?

100 Potential Interview Questions

While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we’ve prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these exact questions? Absolutely.

Basic Interview Questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. Why do you want this job?
  5. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  6. What’s your ideal company?
  7. What attracted you to this company?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What did you like least about your last job?
  10. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  11. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  12. What were the responsibilities of your last position?
  13. Why are you leaving your present job?
  14. What do you know about this industry?
  15. What do you know about our company?
  16. Are you willing to relocate?
  17. Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral Interview Questions:

  1. What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  2. Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  3. Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
  4. Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
  5. Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  6. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
  7. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  8. If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
  9. What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
  10. Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
  11. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  12. Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
  13. If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
  14. If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
  15. What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
  16. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  17. Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

Salary Questions:

  1. What salary are you seeking?
  2. What’s your salary history?
  3. If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?

Career Development Questions:

  1. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  2. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  3. What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
  4. If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?

Getting Started Questions:

  1. How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
  2. How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
  3. What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
  4. If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?

More About You:

  1. How would you describe your work style?
  2. What would be your ideal working environment?
  3. What do you look for in terms of culture — structured or entrepreneurial?
  4. Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
  5. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  6. If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
  7. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
  8. Who was your favorite manager and why?
  9. What do you think of your previous boss?
  10. Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
  11. What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
  12. What are you most proud of?
  13. What do you like to do?
  14. What are your lifelong dreams?
  15. What do you ultimately want to become?
  16. What is your personal mission statement?
  17. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
  18. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
  19. What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
  20. What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
  21. If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
  22. List five words that describe your character.
  23. Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
  24. What is your greatest fear?
  25. What is your biggest regret and why?
  26. What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
  27. Why did you choose your major?
  28. What will you miss about your present/last job?
  29. What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
  30. What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
  31. Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
  32. How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  33. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
  34. How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
  35. Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
  36. Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
  37. What kind of car do you drive?
  38. There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  39. What’s the last book you read?
  40. What magazines do you subscribe to?
  41. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
  42. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  43. Who are your heroes?
  44. What do you like to do for fun?
  45. What do you do in your spare time?
  46. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

Brainteaser Questions:

  1. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
  2. How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  3. Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  4. Sell me this pencil.
  5. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  6. Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
  7. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
  8. If you could get rid of any one of the Indian states, which one would you get rid of and why?
  9. With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes

Interview Ending Tips

Yes… it is true we would never get a second chance to make a first impression, but to make the first impression last what do we need to do? Try remembering a movie which has an awesome introduction and the worst climax…..are you able to remember?…. Its because the movie is not able to hook the viewers about its concept, though the introduction is good. So, as the beginning, the ending is also an important factor in judgments. For the interviews we have many ideas of how to make the first best impression, what about the last end credits? Even the experienced candidates would be wondering at times how to make a grand ending?.

Here are a few interviews ending tips-

Reiterate

Once you find the interview is about to end, prepare to reiterate why you are the best choice for the position, coz that will be the last question that interviewer will be thinking comparing to the other candidates. Remember to elevate yourself from others as a last impression.

“When can I start”

Don’t ask “when can I start”, that is considered aggressive and arrogant behavior, instead ask for information on the next steps or levels to follow up.

Salary

This is one of the important factors to take a job, most of the job roles come with a salary package offered. But asking about the salary at the initial stages of the interview leaves an impression of you being more interested in the salary than the role offered. Which often questions loyalty and productivity from you. So, try to keep this for the later rounds.

Body language

Once you find the interview is about to end, by now you would get a glimpse of what’s the interviewer’s opinion, about you as a candidate and you tend to get relaxed which is very visibly shown in your body language. Don’t forget the interviewer is looking at you and assessing till the end. don’t sigh or slump your shoulder, don’t look worried or unhappy. Try to keep your posture confident, this is the last image that you are leaving at the interviewer.

Be positive

Often the decisions are not made alone, there will be certain conformation or procedures followed by the organization in selecting the candidate for further rounds. So, don’t be disappointed if not informed about further round or level, be positive, and show that to the interviewer till the end of your communication.

Business card

Try to take the business card from the interviewer which helps you to address correctly in the later encounters and if you have a business card leave it with the interviewer which ads as a reminder.

Thank you

Don’t forget to thank the people who assisted you, like the receptionist and the interviewer for time taken and given.

Follow up

Remember the interviewer not only attended you but many other candidates. So, don’t forget to remind him about yourself, send a thank you note and request for the confirmation and information to follow up with the next procedures.

A person is remembered by his exceptional qualities or by mistakes, try to stand by the exceptional qualities in the interviewer’s view. The world is about reputation isn’t it?

Positive Words and Phrases for Interview

Hey folks! Today I am featuring few Action Verbs that when used effectively will help you to ace your job interviews. So here is the list

A-C Interview Positive Interview Words and Phrases
Ability
Accelerated
Accommodate
Accomplished
Accurate
Accustomed to hard and complex work
Achieved
Achieved success in
Activate/initiate changes in
Adjusted
Administer
Administered
Administrator
Advised
Analytical
Analyzed
Analyzed complicated data, company plan and policy
Approved
Arranged
Assisted
Author
Bilingual, trilingual
Broad minded; open minded
Broad wide and diversified experience
Built
Calculated
Calm
Capable
Capable
Carry out
Catalyst
Charted
Communicated
Compared
Competent
Compiled
Completed
Comprehensive knowledge of……….
Conceived an idea
Conceived innovative ideas
Conceptualized
Conducted
Confident
Consistent records of progress, achievements and promotions
Consolidated
Constructed
Consulted
Contributed ideas, energy time
Controlled
Controlled under pressure
Controller
Co-ordinate and implement plan and ideas
Coordinated
Coordinator
Counseled
Created
Creative
D-I interview Wordlist and Phrases
Decreased
Delegate
Delivered
Designed
Detected
Determined
Developed
Developed new ways of
Developer of ………….
Diplomatic
Directed
Discipline
Discovered
Discrete
Distinguished
Distributed
Dynamic
Economize
Edited
Effective
Efficient
Eliminated
Empower
Energy
Enlarged
Enthusiasm
Established
Evaluated
Examined
Excelled
Executive
Expanded ideas, plan
Experienced
Extensive knowledge and experience in
Fast/quick learner
Focus
Formulated
Founded
Friendly; concerned empathic
Generated
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Good problem solving skills
Guided
Harmonious
Headed
Holistic thinking
Identified
Imaginative
Impart knowledge
Implemented
Improved
Improvise
Increase
Initiated
Innovate
Inspected
Installed
Instituted
Instructed
Intelligent
Intensive through knowledge
Interpreted
Intimate (familiar with procedures, rules and regulation
Introduced
Invented
J-Q Interview Wordlist and Phrases
Justified
Launched
Lead
Lectured
Led
Leverage
Likeable; popular
Made
Maintained
Manage
Managed
Managed the whole bank/school/etc
Marketed new products locally and internationally
Modified
Monitored
Motivate
Negotiate
Obtained
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Originated economic ways to save …….
Performed
Persevering
Perspective
Persuaded
Persuasive
Plan
Planned and execute complex projects
Precise and accurate
Prepared
Presented
Prided
Processed
Produced
Produced reports
Proficiency
Programmed
Progress to more advanced and complex projects
Progressive
Promoted
Proposed
Provided
Purchased
Quality
R-Z Interview Wordlist and Phrases
Recommended
Recruit
Reduced
Reduced loss of
Referred
Reliable; honest; integrity
Reorganized
Re-organized management
Replaced
Represented
Researched
Responsible
Restored
Restructure debt/organization
Reviewed
Revised
Scheduled
Selected
Sensitive
Served
Skilled
Sold
Solid background in
Solved
Sound knowledge of
Streamlined
Strengthened
Stress resistant
Succeeded in setting up ….
Successful agent of
Supervised
Supplied
Synergies
Synthesis
Systematic
Talented
Taught
Tested
Through
Trained
Translated
Understand and have insight
Updated
Urgency
Utilized
Visionary
Vital
Well organized
Well read
Widely traveled and knowledgeable about
Willing to learn; adaptability and flexibility
Work-independently without supervision

Job Interview Tips

Here are some interview tip to that will help you through the grueling job interview:

Job Interview Tip 1 : Always prepare yourself for any job interview

Prior to attending any interview, you should always prepare yourself physically and mentally to avoid any hiccups. You should be prepared to answer all interview questions calmly and spontaneously.

Job Interview Preparation Activities:

Prepare a list of your qualifications, experiences and personality and how these may help you sell yourself on the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a company which is look for go-getter salesman, you had better not project a timid and overcautious self-image in the interview room.

Research on the company. The more your know about the company the better. Visit the library, read trade magazines, newspapers, company brochures and reports that will bring you up to date with the company’s latest development.

Know your strengths. Write down on paper your skills and qualities and match it with the job description in the advertisement. Think how the company would benefit by choosing you, rather than another candidate.

Know your weaknesses. Good interviewers are trained well at finding weaknesses in a candidate. Be prepared to provide explanations to job interview questions that will turn things to your advantages.

Practice the interview questions with your friend or spouse. This will enable you to correct any costly mistake you do not wish to make during an a real job interview.

Job Interview Tip 2 : Keep a smiling face during job interview

Smiling does not only lighten up your day but also the person who sees you, in this case the interviewer. Who would not want to see a smiling and such a pleasant person? But be careful not to overdo it. Otherwise, it would look more like a pasted-on grin that would not look sincere.

Job Interview Tip 3 : Make eye contact when answering job interview questions

When talking to someone and still maintain eye contact, you will project yourself as confident. However, you should avoid non-stop staring as this will make the interviewer feel uneasy.

Job Interview Tip 4: Be positive during job interview session

Pepper your conversation with lots of positive words. In other words, avoid using negative words as much as possible. After all, interviewers are always looking people who talks positively.

Job Interview Tip 5 : Talk with enthusiasm when answering job interview questions

Show the interviewer your enthusiasm in the job you are applying for. Highlight your skills and experience and what benefits you would bring to the company.

Job Interview Tip 6 : Relax and enjoy the job interview

Relax yourself, especially your mind, when undergoing an interview. Imagine you are just updating an old friend on your current personal particulars and what you have been doing. Occasionally, mention about what you have achieved. You will feel less pressured and consequently you will have a free flow of ideas on how to express yourself and answer the interview questions confidently.

Beside the above job interview tip we have also included a small collection of words and phrases that you might want to consider using during interview sessions. The words are strong and positive. With the usage of the words from the wordlist , you may be able to leave a good impression in your interviewer’s mind.

Wishing you success in your next interview.

Frequently asked interview questions

In continuation with my earlier blogs on Common Interview Answers , presenting some of the frequently asked interview questions and their probable answers that can be used in interviews.

Interview Question 1 : Tell me about yourself

This is an open-ended interview question and there is no restriction on what you could or should say. However, it does not seem to be easy and straight forward as you might think. If you are not prepared to face this type of open-ended interview questions, you might end up don’t know where to start or giving answers in all directions that eventually lead to nowhere. It’s time to take a piece of paper and pen to list down points to construct your personal inventory.

It should include:

  • Your strongest skills
  • Your areas of knowledge
  • Your strengths
  • Your accomplishments

When answering this type of interview question, it is best to start off with a systematic approach. For example:

A brief introduction on your education and working (if any) backgrounds.

Your greatest achievements.

Your strengths and how these can benefit your prospective employer

Interview Question 2 : What do you want from this position? This company? Describe your ideal job.

Tackling this interview question requires you prepare by writing the job description of your dream job. Include several adjectives that outline the company, the job and yourself.

Interview Question 3 : Why are you thinking about leaving your current job?

This is quite a tricky question. Obviously, no one would be thinking about leaving a job that they are contented and comfortable with. However, you can always say you would want to pursue for more responsibility, more opportunities, the chance to develop new skills and hone the ones that you have.

Interview Question 4 : What are your strengths?

You would be tempted to count all the strengths you think you possess as an employee. However, a better approach is to match your strengths and accomplishments directly to the requirements of the job you are applying for. Therefore, you would be able to stay focused.

Interview Question 5 : What are your weaknesses?

Rarely there is someone who can say he is perfect and without a weakness. Nevertheless, you do not have to confess all you shortcomings to the interviewer. Instead, give on or two weaknesses but to emphasize the steps and actions that you have taken to overcome them.

Interview Question 6 : Where do you want to be five years from now?

With the five years of experience that you will gain along the way and also the experience that you have already gained beforehand (if any), you will of course would want to aim for a higher position with greater responsibility. However, you would not want to be overly ambitious. Therefore, it would be moderate to say what you would want to be in five years’ time would directly depend on your job performance and of course, you would want to be given more responsibility in the course of time.

Interview Question 7 : What would you do if your superior tells you to do something that you know is not right in the way of doing?

People do make mistakes. Perhaps it could be a case whereby the superior has overlooked. You might want to highlight the matter to your superior. If he still insists, then tell him that you are following on his order.

Interview Question 8 : If I were to call your company, what do you think your boss would describe you?

Of course your boss would describe you as a responsible person, able to work independently while good at team work.

Interview Question 9 : What would you say about your time management?

I hope you can truthfully say that you manage your time well and never procrastinate. Always set goal and prioritize your tasks and spend an appropriate time amount of time to accomplish each task.

Interview Question 10 : What do you know about our company?

Before attending any interview, it is important to read up on the prospective company. It would be impressive if you know about the company. It show that you are enthusiastic about the company. Go through job interview tips 1 to prepare for these question.

Interview Question 11 : What are you looking for in your next job?

Interviewers typically ask this kind of question to gauge your level of interest in the job and to check whether you have any doubts. So focus on the job at hand. Stress on the key skills the job requires and emphasize your interest in having a chance to further develop them.

Interview Question 12 : What types of people do you find hard to get along with?

Be careful with this type of question. Try not to give a direct opinion like a pushy or abrasive person. You interviewer might have the personality that you just mentioned. Instead, provide an answer that soften the reason that you find that person hard to get along.

For example:

” I have a discussion with my colleague the other day. He told me that I am too impatient with slow performers. He mentioned that the world is full of ordinary people and I cannot expect to everyone to be great performers.

So I guess I do have trouble with poor subordinate. I don’t expect myself to ever accept poor work but I am learning to be patient and make use of the strength that a person possesses.”

Interview Question 13 : How do you handle a conflict situation that occur in your work place?

Question like this intend to gauge your ability to handle conflict situation that is rather frequent in your daily working life. Here is an example to relate specific situation.

“I usually work thing out with other people before a conflict occurs. But in situation where conflict cannot be avoided I will confront them immediately with reasons and explanations to clear the conflict.”

” I had an engineer who was obstinate about listening to any of my suggestion. He would answer me half-heartedly before doing anything I requested.”

” Finally I decided to have a one to one discussion with him and I said, Look we are both professionals. Either one has the right answer, all the time. I notice that you don’t really like my suggestions. But rather than resist implementing them why don’t we just discuss what you don’t like or what is in your mind. We might find a better solution.”

” That worked out fine and we now enjoy being in the same team.”

Interview Question 14 : You seem to have little experience with sales and marketing (in fact whatever). How do you intend to learn up the knowledge you need to perform well in this job?

This is where you need to demonstrate that you are a fast learner who has the ability and flexibility to adapt to different working environments in a short timeframe.

A good answer would sound like this:

” Well, throughout my career I have met many changes and proven to be able to adapt to them quickly. For example, when my company computerized it’s inventory system, I did not have the time to go through the training session. Since the software came with a user manual and computer-base tutorials. I took the initiative to study and practice at home which enable me to master it. I hope I’d able to do the same to pick up the rudiments of your budgeting (or whatever) system.”

Interview Question 15 : What is the last book you read?

This interview question shows the intention of the interviewer to find out what kind of a person the interviewee is. As the saying goes what someone choose to read speaks volume about what kind of a person he or she is.

You need to prepare your reading list carefully as interviewer very frequently have the perception that people who read non-fiction are more interested in the world about them that fiction readers, who they believe is looking for some sort of escape. So choose a popular How-To books or materials that generally try to improve your knowledge and skills rather than talk about the latest thriller you couldn’t put down.

Interview Question 16 : Is there anything else about you I should know?

You might not think you have anything else left to say but you’d better prepare yourself to answer this interview question and close the sale.

Develop a short answer to this question on that plays upon your strengths, past accomplishments, skills and knowledge.

” I think we have cover everything. But I would like to take the opportunity to reemphasize the key strengths that I would bring to the position.

Experience : The job I’m currently in is quite similar to the one I am applying for and I would be excited by the chance to apply whatever I have learned to working for your company

Management skills : I run a department almost the same size as this one. I have been able to manage the change through out my career and is a fair and effective supervisor thus I will be able to perform well if your company decides to offer me the position.

Enthusiasm : I am very excited about the prospect of working here. When do you expect to make a decision?”

This type of answer not only underline the point that you have been trying to make throughout the interview. By ending with a question, you are asking the interviewer to take some action and it should give you a good indication of your chances of getting the job.

Interview Question 17 : The salary you’re asking for is near the top of the range for the job your are applying for. Why do you think we should pay you this much?

Remind the interviewer about the benefits he will enjoy when you come on board. Bring up your previous achievements again, for example, you might say,

” I was able to cut operating expenses by 10% and improve throughput time by re-engineering the work process. Besides, I have been successful in cutting material cost by 15 percent by negotiating better deals with vendors. I think it’s reasonable to expect that any additional salary we agree to would be offset by savings and improvement I could bring to the company. “

Interview Question 18 : When can you start?

As you must be very excited and tempted by now to accept the job immediately, you should be reminded that it is never wise to burn the bridge, as you might come to cross one of them again. So be accommodating as you can to your current employer. You might, for example, offer to train your replacement.

If it will be several weeks before you can assume your new function full time, show initiative and offer to begin studying literature or files about the company in your off-hours. This will better equip you for your next job.

Types of Interview

Tough job interview question could put you into cold sweat and being dumbfounded while on the interview seat thinking hard of how to answer. Consequence of not providing the right answer could be disastrous especially when that is the particular job you are eyeing for.

But sweat no more as here at Welcome to Arnie’s Blogs, I have prepared some simple job interview question and yet essential tips on how you can ace that job interview question and answer some of the most commonly asked interview questions.

Types of interviews that you might go through:

The Screening Interview

This is like a preliminary round of interviews when it is likely to begin in the human resources department. Job interview questions you would be most likely asked are about your qualifications, the number of years of experience, the willingness to relocate and etc. Nowadays most screening interviews are usually carry out with phone interviews.

The Behavioral Interview

In a behavioral interview, Interviewers will usually hypothetically present the candidates with situations that might happen on the job. The behavioral job interview question is intended to dig into your past experience on how you behaved in a variety of on the job situation to extrapolate your future reactions on the job.

The Stress Interview

In this type of interview, you would find yourself like undergoing an interrogation. Job interview questions in stress interview are actually designed to make you feel confused, fearful, and defensive. If you could remain calm, ready, and composed during this type of interview, you would have already won half the battle.

The Team Interview

The interviewers may comprise of members of the prospective department you are applying for or a mixture of employees from throughout the company who you might have to work together with. The advantage of the team interviews for the candidate is your interview performance is not the subjective opinion of just one person. If one interviewer disagrees, the others might not.

Common Interview Answers

In continuation to my blog dated 23rd June 2020 regarding Top Interview Questions for freshers , I am featuring a few answers that a candidate must present before the interviewer to increase his/her chances of success.

Before diving into the answers , I thought of also giving you a bonus tip !

All of us feel jittery before and during an interview. It is quite normal. So here are my 3 Rules For Overcoming Interview Jitters.

3 Rules For Overcoming Interview Jitters

  1. Strike A Power Pose For Two Minutes Rather than hunching up and making yourself small in the waiting room chair as you scramble to soak up last minute notes or practice one final interview question, what you should actually find a private place to do what we call a power pose.
  2. Repeat A Positive Affirmation Repeating a positive affirmation can reduce production of cortisol and stress hormones by almost 50%, slow the mind, lower your blood pressure and heart rate and make you feel confident and powerful.
  3. Read Over Nice Things People Have Said About You Thinking back to a time when you were successful and confident is a great way to recreate that confidence right before an interview. A quick and easy way to do this is to print out and compile anything nice that someone has said about you.

Why should we select you?

This question is a great opportunity to sell yourself and your accomplishments. The answer varies if you’re a fresh graduate as opposed to a senior professional. Regardless you should include

  1. How you have the required skills/experience
  2. Why you’re a good fit: Employers like to know that you’ve taken the time to understand their organisation. So take this time to co-relate things you’ve done in the past with the things the company is trying to achieve.
  3. You get things done: This is the most important ability an employer is looking for. The ability to get things done, no matter the obstacles. Give some examples from the past.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any genuine questions, you can ask. Otherwise, just say “thank you” and leave. You can ask about the job challenges while emphasizing that you like to be motivated by well-focused daily work challenges, multi-tasking and even pressure.

Why did you leave your previous job?

Attention: Speaking anything negative about your past employers would cast back badly on you. So, don’t slander anyone. Answer like this I am thankful to my previous organisation, gave me an opportunity to work with them. I have learned a lot of things how to work under pressure with confidence and how to make relationship with co-workers professionally. Now I’m looking for better opportunity to enhance my skills and ability along with company growth.

How will you add value to our organization?

The interviewer is hoping you might be the solution to their problems. List your main skills and how these will be directly applicable if you get the job. If there is something common, cite that as synergy. If there is nothing common, mention that you bring new set of strengths to the table.

Do you have any achievement?

Some very respectable and admirable interviewers appreciate it if you honestly say that you haven’t achieved anything considerable yet and that you are all set to go out and prove yourself and that the concerned company will provide you a platform for it. Most of the interviewers will expect you to impress them. So it is always better to have a decent answer ready and prepared.

For example, you might have been part of a team that had organized a college fest for example or a technical symposium for your department. For all I know, you might have just signed up for that to get out of classes and sit in the canteen but you can make up a believable crisis situation and a way out and narrate it to them. There are many more such options. Just sit down and let your creativity flow.

Job Interview – First impression is the best impression

Here is few interview tips and tricks you should keep in mind

Relax – Consider the interview as a good relaxed conversation. Please do not take interview as an interrogation. You may be concerned on how to impress the interview board. At the same time you should realize that the interview board is also interested on making a good impression on the candidate.

Be positive – Try to make others comfortable. Talk on positive ideas, experiences etc. Don’t make negative comments on your previous client, project, manager, team etc.

Be on time – This is interpreted as a demonstration of your commitment and professionalism. If you reach 15-30 minutes early you can relax and make yourself comfortable for the interview. Many clients may have security or HR procedures which may take time, so you need to consider those aspects as well.

Bio Data – Keep few extra copies of your resume with you.

Be a good listener – Communication is like a two way bridge. Listen to the questions and interviewer comments carefully. Don’t interrupt the interviewer communications. Understand the question and clarify if needed.

Show self-confidence – Show confidence while you talk, shake hand etc. Make eye contact with the interviewer. Answer questions in a clear voice.

Avoid Negative body language – Many interview boards may test your performance and reaction under pressure. So avoid negative body language like looking at the clock, touching your mouth, avoiding eye contacts, forced smiles, faking smiles or coughs, slouching etc

Show you want the job and you deserve the job – Demonstrate your true interest on the job by asking job specific questions. Explain how you fit in that specific job. You must apply sales head on this scenario.

No red flag questions – Stay away from red flag questions and comments. “Is relocation is required?”, “Will i get a flexible office time?”, “Can i get 1 month joining time?” etc

End the interview with a pleasant thanks message and a firm handshake. Make the interviewer feel that you are excited on the job. Follow-up with a phone call or an e-mail.