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?

3 Important Tips for Negotiation

Tip 001 – Preparation

For a successful negotiation, thought and preparation will greatly increase your chances of a win/win/win situation. Not only will it keep the negotiation process running smoothly it will also give you confidence and help pre-empt any negatives.
You have probably heard the old saying, ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’, and I guarantee that if a negotiation falls through due to the lack of preparation you will kick and berate yourself for not spending the required time preparing. The next few posts will focus on top tips for preparation and will prevent this from happening.

Tip 002 – Spend Time Planning

Depending on the situation, you will have differing amounts of time to spend planning. Planning can help pre-empt negatives, fill you with confidence and will help the negotiation conversation flow.

Use whatever time you have to make sure that you are armed with the facts!

Tip 003 – Know who you are dealing with

The more that you know about the person that you are negotiating with the better. Creating common ground helps relate to each other and is a cornerstone of healthy conversation.

If the situation allows, you should try and get as much info on the person that you are negotiating with, while we don’t recommend that you stalk the person prior to your meeting, any small details gained may help you find that all important common ground.

What Is Negotiation?

You would think that most people know what the definition of negotiation is, but around one million people type in the phrase ‘what is negotiation‘ into Google every month.

Some people will look for Google’s definition, which currently reads,
A discussion aimed at reaching an agreement’

Some people, who require a little more information, will head straight to the Wikipedia entry.

But the smart people will come to this site (that’s you by the way!)

There are many different types of negotiation, all with different definitions, here are the most common types of negotiation

  • Hostage Negotiation,
  • General Business Negotiation,
  • Salary Negotiation,
  • Peace Negotiation,
  • Union Negotiation,
  • Retail Negotiation,

So if there are all these different types of negotiations, the definition ‘A discussion aimed at reaching an agreement’, is a little vague don’t you think?

The one word that means the most in Google’s definition is ‘agreement’. Remember when we discussed the golden rule, this is what it relates to. So maybe the definition should be:

‘A discussion amongst two or more parties with the aim of gaining a mutually acceptable agreement’.

How would you define negotiation? Answer by using the comment form below.

Soft Skills Criteria

Developing soft skills is very important for basic functioning. For our lifestyle needs too knowing more about things around us like technology and general etiquette. Kids too have a general knowledge and a curriculum on manners which helps them in the grooming technique. Much of what we get from life is owing to the grace we display and the knowledge that we seek. Success is about implementing these general rules that makes us more interactive and approachable.

The soft skills technique is included in the course structure of much management education. This can enhance our communication skills. Good manners can be seen and noted even in a child. To earn respect it is vital to treat others respectfully. The decorum that we maintain during a Parent Teachers meet in school or at a community service is what makes us a good personality. Soft skills can be acquired. Supposing you do not own an I Pod but there is much to learning about the same.

Soft Skills Criteria-Making our selves skilled means being like an all-rounder. The real quality of a good leader is to have a high rate of soft skills. These pertain to management skills which are expressed at a time of crisis or even when there is routine work to be done. The way we manage our time is also pertaining to our emotional intelligence. Many times a leader faces criticism which is directed on a personal basis. Going above the same, a leader chooses to react in an indifferent manner. Getting overworked changes the equation and hence with experience, we learn to overcome the situation and work for a common agenda.

Writing skills or telephone etiquettes are a part of soft skills training. Knowing to write casual letters, condolence notes, business emails and confirmations forms a integral part of our conduct. Soft skills actually mean how you able to relate to a situation. It is accepting a situation and working on improving the same. While you bring out the negative points in an employees appraisal it is important to justify the same and giving explanations for the low rating. The soft skills program is applicable to all types of management cadre.

Knowing our apprehensions and choosing to react in a general manner is a beneficial matter. The true nature of a person is effaced during crisis but routine matters are more noticeable owing to our spontaneous reaction. Being responsible or handling more responsible is always appreciated by others. Hence taking more responsibilities and highlighting focus is another soft skill which is learnt as we earn more accolades in our career.

What is Effective Communication?

4:30 PM. Two co-workers are arguing if the press-release of the newest product of their company, scheduled to 5PM, should be postponed. One says, “Of course it should! We don’t have the real product here to show, so how are we going to run the press release?!” The other says, “I agree that we should postpone the press-release, but it should be done as soon as the product arrives!”

After a heated discussion, both of them leave, frustrated they didn’t reach a common ground.

Wait… isn’t there something wrong here?

As you can see, of course there is! They did reach a common ground: the press release should be postponed. Yet, to them it seemed they had completely different opinions. Chance are you’ve been through this situation before (I certainly have). But what, after all causes this?

It’s simple: sometimes we just talk, but don’t speak the same language. And if this is the problem, here’s the cause: we are not communicating our messages effectively.

A Crash Course On The History of Communication

First, if you want to understand what is effective communication, then you must understand how communication was born. Here’s an abridged story.

As Denise Susan-Besserat states in her book, How writing came about, people have been communicating with each other since the Paleolithic – around 2,6 million years ago. Language was still limited, but they talked to each other to pass culture over the generations. During that process, language developed from small sounds into complex ones, and non-written communication evolved from scratched bones (possibly to count the seasons). After that, it evolved to count goods, (when farming was born, around 8000 B.C.E). It was only circa 3100 B.C.E that language started to express abstract ideas and started to transform into the writing we know today. Still, the concept of communication had not been born yet.

The word “communication”, according to Teorias da Comunicação, by Antônio Hohfeldt et. al, comes from the Latin word Communicatio (munis, “to be in charge of”; prefix co, “simultaneity, meeting”; and by the suffix tio, a particle of emphasis). The concept came from Christian monks, who would have their nightly soup and talk, gathering their isolated peers. Impressive how people from ages go could grasp something we can’t, right?

Three Signs of Ineffective Communication (And Three Possible Solutions)

  1. I’m not listening! La, La, La, La! – it may sound funny, but people sometimes disagree because they are not listening to each other. Had they actually paused and acknowledged what each other had to say, they would see they were talking the same language all along. If listening without pre-judging worked with old Christian monks, it should help us too, right?
  2. Using a lot of jargon – don’t do this unless you are talking to people from the same field as you. In advertising, for instance, “seducing” someone means convincing this person to take action (buy something, hear something, and so on). If you’re an advertiser and you’re talking to an average mom, saying you’re creating an “ad” to “seduce” 7-year old girls is asking for trouble.
  3. It’s all about me – if you are listening, as suggested before, but you are not giving room for someone to talk, this person might as well do the same. If anyone comes to you saying (s)he has a problem (especially a problem with you), ask questions about it. Show you care and sympathize when you can. Chances are this person will be a lot more open and you’ll reach a common ground. If you don’t, don’t force things – disengage from the conversation.

Time Management – How Productive Are You?

Productivity (Management of Time) is just as important in an internet business, your personal life as in a factory environment or you will never achieve your goals. In a machine paced work environment it is very easy to work out how effective workers are using their time but in an office environment it is more difficult to measure productivity.

Time is a precious commodity once it is gone it’s gone and you can’t get it back!!

The interaction of goals and time management is an important factor in achieving success in your internet or in fact any business. How many times have you said yourself or heard someone say

“There are not enough hours in the day”

Be honest with yourself would it make any difference if you had 50 or even a 100hrs in a day.

Organising your work schedule so that you achieve your business or personal goals is not an inborn skill but a skill that can be learned.

Here is a list of things in a home based internet business that can have a detrimental effect on your productivity or achieving your goals

  • Delay doing those tasks or the work which we don’t like doing or is difficult
  • Interruptions – family members, friends – apart from the time lost you can also lose your train of thought
  • Lack of clearly defined goals with no timescale
  • Not appreciating that you can’t do everything yourself – outsource or delegate
  • Multitasking – complete one task before moving onto the next i.e. Prioritizing tasks
  • In order to understand where we are currently wasting time, we need to establish a baseline to see how much time is being wasted in a day and then take steps to reduce the unproductive time. A simple table recording everything that you do for two 24hr periods, account for every minute of the day – including sleep time, meals, watching television, etc.

Task Time Started Time Finished Total Time Comments
I have previously used this technique before in determining the productivity of office and management staff, you will really be surprised the amount of unproductive time that you have in the day

Step 2 – analyse your results split out into headings e.g. reading emails, eating, chatting to wife, coffee etc, then work out productive time vs. unproductive time

Step 3 – take action to improve your productive time

Step 4 – repeat the procedure after one week and you should see a 50 to 60% improvement in your effective time

You should recheck the utilization once/month to ensure that you have not slipped back into bad habits.

Pareto Analysis and Time Management

Utilizing Pareto Analysis in Time Management

Another technique which can be used to analyse your effective use of time is Pareto Analysis and this will help you to choose the most effective changes to make

What is Pareto Analysis?

It is a theory developed by an Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who noted that approximately 80% of the wealth was owned by only 20% of the population. It later became known as the 80-20 rule and can be applied to problem-solving in any form and it is a useful tool in analyzing your effective use of time and increasing your productivity.

One of the first steps in learning to effectively utilize time is to identify repeated patterns in your daily schedule that may be interfering with

Step 1

Keep a simple time log for a week in 30 min blocks, accounting for all the time you spentand a brief description of what you did.. At the end of the period total up the time spent under the various categories e.g. travelling to work, sleeping, answering calls, playing with kids

Step 2

Analyse the data looking for blocks of time in your time log that could be interfering with your productivity e.g. surfing net, visiting forums – looked for repeated patterns during the week not just one-off occurrences

An example of this would be to identify only two 15 minute blocks of time in your normal day when you find that you are being the least productive. By changing the way you currently use these 2 small blocks of
time, theoretically you should be able to increase your productivity by up to 80 percent.

“from tiny acorns big oaks grow”

Better time management does not mean giving up all your free time, or all the time you currently spend relaxing or enjoying your life. Instead, it helps you

Set priorities for managing time, eliminate wasted time and gain more control over how you use this valuable resource.

Business Time Management

There are considerably more factors to be taken into consideration when looking at business time management. This is because as there more competing factors for one’s time – both internal and external factors.

This is true whether you work in a large organisation or run your own one man business.

In a large organisation individual managers have to co-ordinate the effective time management of their teams.

There are a number of strategies that an organisation can undertake to implement effective time management processes.


Develop long term goals for the company, usually in the form of a mission statement – once you have clearly defined your company’s goals and purpose it is a lot easier to develop individual goals for your employees. In a previous article I stated that it is important if you are going to use your time effectively then you have to have goals.It is difficult to effectively plan schedules and priorities when your employees have no clear objectives of their own.

The process is very similar to setting your own goals and then splitting it down into its component parts, in this case the individual goals are given to managers, who will in turn split these down into component parts for their team members.

This can be implemented by introducing an appraisal system where indiividuals are set objectives (goals) with specific timescales

Implementing and defining these goals will assist in boosting productivity and revenue.

Another factor which has to be taken into consideration, involves hiring the right personnel who already possess the necessary skills, not only does this lessen the downtime and financial outlay required with training to get them up to speed but it also decreases revenue losses sustained from lost productivity. It?s important to hire the right people, this will ultimately determine how your companies time and resources are spent.

Effective time management in an organisation also has to take into consideration the relative skills of individuals that they employ. It is important to hire the right people as this will ultimately determine how your company’s time and resources are spent.

Training should also be given to your current employees to teach them how to effectively use their time.

This will not only improve their productivity but also lead to a more effective workforce.

Tips for Effective Personal Time Management

Effective personal time management requires that you take time to lay out a plan of what you need to do at each particular time. You can plan for a day by drawing a timetable with needs to be accomplished and the corresponding time it should be carried out. Longer periods can be planned for using calendars, diaries or event note books.

Set goals in your life both short and long term as this will give you direction and prevent you from getting sidetracked due to lack of goals. Having specific goals will guide you towards a certain direction and help you to maintain focus. Set goals that are measurable, achievable, realistic, and more important time-bound. Appropriate goals will stretch but will not break you.

Learn to prioritize the tasks that you need to undertake depending on their immediacy and importance. Identify and isolate the most important or influential tasks and always give them the best of your time. You can use colors or numbers to mark your tasks in order of priority.

Draw up a to-do-list the previous night or on the morning of a particular day. This can be used alongside a timetable or a task schedule in case of a day. In the case of longer periods such as weeks or months, it is used alongside a calendar. Update your list continuously to match it with your priorities.

Allow considerable flexibility in your time plan. Do not plan for a hundred percent of your time. Leave out a margin to accommodate any interruptions that may occur in the course of your plan. Schedule for routine tasks whenever you expect to be interrupted as this will require lesser concentration which you can afford even during the interruption.

Understand your biological prime time and plan your most important tasks to fit this time frame. If you work best during the mornings, use this time for the most important tasks. Undertaking difficult tasks during your slump hours will cost you a lot in terms of energy and input applied.

First, go for effectiveness and then efficiency when undertaking tasks. Decide on what is right to do at a particular time first before you take the time to figure out the right way to do it. When you are already on with a task you will be making progress as you develop the best way to handle it.

Work towards eliminating the most important tasks in your to-do list. Most of the urgent tasks will have lesser consequences than long term tasks whose output is obviously larger. Fixing earlier deadlines for your tasks will help you prevent once timely tasks from running into urgency.

Avoid overloading your to-do list with tasks that you could have otherwise said no to, delegated to someone else, or completely eliminated. Focusing on your goal will help you shed off everything else that does not work towards your goal of the time.

Avoid time wastage practices such as paying too much attention to details and procrastination. Handle each task with reasonable attention due to it. If you feel like you should push a task forward, break it down into smaller tasks, and handle each at a time. Lastly, celebrate the little successes of proper personal time management such as achieved goals.

The Role of Planning in Achieving Your Goals

In the planning process there are two basic steps you have to undertake to ensure success in achieving your goals:

  1. Planning your tasks.
  2. Visualizing yourself completing the tasks.


It is essential that you daily plan what you are going to do, prioritising your tasks unless you do this you will end up doing whatever takes your fancy and you will never complete what is important in accomplishing your goals.

Create a daily task list

Set aside time each day for this – I usually do this in the evening but it is up to you when you do it. The main thing is just do it! You will find that you use your time more effectively – remember to control the time available to you not let time control you


There are two important benefits in utilising visualisation – a very powerful technique:

  1. It is the most effective way to break a goal down into tasks. Visualizing yourself doing the task will make it easier to break a goal down into its component tasks, unless you do this it is likely that you will miss some important sub-tasks.

It is important once you have broken the task into its component tasks that you assign a deadline for each stage, working back from the completion date you have assigned to the goal.This creates structure for completing your goal and ensures you start and complete each task early enough.

Visualising yourself doing the task will assist you identifying additional resources you may need e.g. additional training, additional assistance

  1. Visualising the tasks in your mind prepares you for action. Athletes make heavy use of visualization before competitions. For example, a runner will imagine herself running the race – see the track, see each curve. There are many studies that show visualization improves performance. For procrastinators, it’s a powerful way to get yourself going.

Action points;

Plan your work
Work your plan

How to Achieve Your Goals Even if You Think You are a Born Loser?

Some individuals believe that they are born losers but it is just a state of mind,

“no-one is born to lose”

if you believe you are going to lose then you are less likely to succeed in accomplishing your business and personal goals.

There are a number of tried and tested strategies that you can undertake to overcome this state of mind.

  1. Self Evaluation

Self evaluation is the first step in trying to identify your strength and weaknesses no different to abusiness evaluating its strengths and weaknesses.

Write down the factors that you believe are your strengths and weaknesses, it would also be helpful to talk to friends and family about this, as sometimes you cant see the “wood for the trees”. It is very likely, if you think you are a “born loser”, that you will have more items in your weakness list compared to the ones in your strengths list.

Once you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, the next stage is to understand why you have that weakness – common weaknesses are procrastination and lack of focus – check out my article on procrastination for the various reasons for procrastinating.

Once you understand your weaknesses it is possible to gradually overcome them. Overcoming your weaknesses cannot be done overnight, tackle one to three weaknesses at a time.

  1. Overcoming Your Weaknesses

Overcoming and changing your weaknesses is no different to achieving your goals, you need an action plan which is specific, with a timescale.

Tackle the easiest ones to tackle first and this way you will be motivated to tackle the more difficult ones.

  1. Learning from Winners

Have you ever noticed that individuals associate with like minded individuals?

  • Positive thinkers will associate with other positive thinkers
  • Students of similar attitudes associate with each other
  • Businessmen/women belong to small business clubs
  • Depending on your situation associate with like-minded people e.g. if you think that you will always be fat join a group such as Weight Watchers.

Associating with successful individuals/groups will assist you in identifying and adopting their habits, such as perseverance, critical thinking, stability under pressure, competence and the aspiration to never give up

  1. Success Breeds Success

Start achieving your goals and you will find that your attitudes will change
giving you the motivation to tackle larger weaknesses. Review your previous accomplishments and successesl.

Occasionally you will experience failure, but it should be a learning experience. Failure should always be an opportunity for you to do better the next time.

Building Blocks of Effective Time Management

“A healthy body leads to a healthy mind”

Sleep, diet and exercise are the basic building blocks of effective time management, they are all relatively important but possibly out of the three sleep is the most important, not only to be effective at time management but for our social and psychological well-being as well, It is important that an individual should get enough sleep so that they do not feel tired during the day. The amount of sleep an individual requires is very much an individual thing and it will change as an individual ages. What is just as important is to get into a pattern – there is nothing the body likes more than a schedule – go to bed at 11 wake at 7am etc.

The following are indicative of lack of sleep

  1. Can’t concentrate on a task for more than 5 minutes
  2. Spend time taking short naps or even worse dozing off at our work desks
  3. Desire/need to take caffeine regularly during the day to stay concentrated
  4. Fall asleep watching the TV in the evening
  5. Afternoon drop of in performance
  6. Are you the sort of person that has problems sleeping. Here are some tips

Tips to improve your sleep patterns:

Don’t eat anything 3 hours before going to sleep. Your body needs to rest when it’s sleeping. It won’t rest if it’s busy digesting your food.

Refrain from taking any stimulants three hours before you go to bed – caffeine or tobacco

Stick to a sleeping schedule – be consistent. Don’t sleep Midnight – 7am one day and then 2 am – 7am the next day. The body has a system clock which if you have a regular sleeping pattern, it will make your sleep much more effective.

Don’t exercise before you sleep. Exercising makes you stay awake. You’ll make your heart beat faster and raise your body temperature – which makes you stay awake.

Eating/Diet and Exercise

There are plenty of books and articles on the subject of diet and exercise on the internet. The only reason that they are being mentioned in this article is that they are a constituent part of the basic building blocks for an effective time management system. However as with sleep implement a routine – eat and exercise regularly and consistently.

Incorporate these building blocks into your daily routine and you will have the energy to effectively implement new time management strategies to make more effective use of your time and improve productivity, incorporate them into your daily “to-do list”.

Procrastination – Who Me?

Procrastination is one of the biggest “wasters of time” which is basically putting off till tommorrow which can be done today –


Remember time is a fixed commodity and it is your habits that have to change to make more effective use of the available time. Procrastination is a bad trait which can take hold of your life and have a negative effect on your career, business opportunities and relationships..

There are many reasons for Procrastinating :-

  • Lack of clearly defined goals which can result in you putting off the more important tasks till later and completing the easier or the tasks you like doing first – some people like writing articles, others doing research
  • Inability to make a decision even after weighing up the pros and cons – would Microsoft be so successful if they procrastinated. This is just as valid in a personal situation
  • Fear of failure or success are psychological reasons for procrastinating
  • Waiting for the right time or till you are in the right mood
  • Lack of organization
  • Underestimating the time and difficulty to complete tasks
  • Lack of clearly defined goals which you feel you have not had a say in formulating
  • Strategic goal not broken down into bite-sized tasks

I am sure to have you heard the expression – ” I only work well under pressure”

This is usually brought about when a task is delayed until the individual has no option but to complete the task. At that point, the task is in charge of you, instead of you being in charge of the task.

At some time in our lives, we will all procrastinate, that is not too much of a problem it is when it dominates our lives there are problems. However, if you recognize that you have some of the common symptoms of procrastination you can take action to take them under control and take control of effective use of your time.

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

Group Interview Tips

Standing Out

Anybody remember the old detergent ads a kid with a bright white shirt standing in the crowd, that concept always caught my attention. Well, stop thinking! I will explain how is it important to the interviews. the concept always remind me to give the best effort to stand out of the group (don’t mistake and end up choosing a bright shirt for your interview). Group interviews are one such interviews where you need to stand out of the group with your ability.

There are two types of group interviews, one you will be facing a group of interviewers alone, it is also called a panel interview or the other, you will be along with a group of candidates while facing the interviewer. Here are a few group interview tips.

Be the Early bird

Have you heard the saying that “the early bird catches the worm”, here you might not get the job just by coming early. In group interviews, you most likely to be monitored from the time you enter, being early gives you the chance to be remembered, and also it helps to keep your nervousness at bay as you get a chance to know the other candidates catching up with the basic formalities.

Ice breaker

Have you ever noticed when you start getting comfortable with interviews, for most of us it was while giving our introduction or called icebreaker, as it is with what you start the conversation? So be prepared to answer about yourself and don’t forget to highlight your achievements. Keep it short yet unique and simple.

Be inclusive

You need to make sure to get the focus light on you but remember that doesn’t mean taking the whole time for your voice. Interact and allow others to put their voice which indicates leadership quality and teamwork.


A group conversation might easily end up in arguments, where you are putting best efforts to prove your statement. Interview is definitely not the place for argument so keep your emotions, tone always on check. and prove your point with base statements.

The basics are always same, formal attire, communication skills, body language, keeping eye contact and smile while answering, interpersonal skills, problem solving, etc all these are closely monitored by every interviewer, like default setting for job interviews.

Finally don’t forget to thank the interviewer, taking the feedback and asking any queries which you find important to be understood by you.