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LIST OF SOME MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Especially For Campus Interviewes & Fresh Job – Seekers FAQ’s – Campus Interviewees

 

  • Tell me something about yourself?

1. This is an opportunity to sell yourself. Be precise and to the point. The interviewer wants to hear about you from you, so go straight to your jobs achievements, your contributions, and relate them to the position you are applying for. You may have to practice this before going for the interview. Be confident.

2. I am XXX. I am a XXX graduate from XXXX University. I have been working hard from the beginning of my career and I am looking forward to join a company which can provide me better opportunity to grow in my career and as well as in my personal life. I am focused, dedicated, and sincere and last but not the least I know what I can do best.

 

  • Why should we hire you?

1. That’s because I am a responsible and positive person, I am totally dedicated for my job. And I believe I will get along well with colleagues, learn from each of them and become an asset to the company.

2. You should hire me because although I am a fresher, I am very much willing to learn the gropes and be trained. I believe that I have the requisite competence and qualities that perfectly fit this position. I want to be a part of this company and I believe that I would be a valuable asset to it.

3. You should hire me because I am a self motivated person, I am hardworking and easy to work with. Those standards had already been in your company but I will give best of my best to be responsible enough with my work.

  • What are your strengths and weakness?

Strengths : I am a motivated and determined person especially in my work.I am not contented with the saying “oh, that okay” I really work for what is best.I have good interpersonal skills, I can easily adjust to different kinds of people especially to their behavior towards work… Temperament is not an issue for me because I am patient and tend to effectively work even under pressure. My weakness probably is that I am a perfectionist and when I do things I really work even to the small details…That’s why others may say that I am slow, but I think I just want to be assured that the end result of my work is good. A hole of correction is not acceptable for me.

Weakness :
1. Sensitive person: Taking things to heart and getting too disappointed when things are done in the wrong way.
2. Too helpful – crossing limits while helping teammates.
3. My weakness is workaholic;  I keep working until the job is completely done.
4. I want to improve my communication skills currently i am working on my communication skills.
5. I talk too fast when I am excited about something work related. I have taken steps to slow it down by forcing myself to slow down and think before I speak.

 

  • Why do you want to work here?

1. Aside from career opportunity to work with people who have the high standard of professionalism. I know that your company is one of the most stable and highly appreciated firm and have the genuine concern of their employees’ wish to help the company goals, solve company problems and share my broad range of experience as a team.

2. I think I can learn and gain experience from your company and opportunity to serve a profitable and goal oriented company.

3. I am interested in being a part of this industry I like your company’s product/service I have heard positive things from other employees I am a satisfied customer I feel that I would be an asset to your team.

 

  • Where do you see yourself after 5 years?

“I am interested in long-term commitment and stability. This is a position that I’ve had my eyes on for awhile, and as long as it provides me with the opportunity to grow within the company, I would love to stay here and make it my future career path. I’m confident that if given the chance to prove my fully-qualified skills, you will agree that I am a great investment for this company now and in the future as well.”

 

  • Why are you interested in this position? When doing your homework prior to the interview, make sure you are able to list key point of why you want this job.

 

  • What qualifications do you have for this position? During the pre-interview prep, you can list some of your strengths and match them with qualities that are needed for the position.

 

  • How do you stay up to date in your field? You can state whatever materials, websites, journals that you use in your particular field.

 

  • If there was one person you could meet, either from the past or present, who would it be and why? Using someone who is inspiring or that you admire in some way, a quality that you would like to develop, or any character that you have questions for, or that has shaped your life is a good example to state.

 

  • What do you think of our company? What do you think about our recent advertisement strategies? What is your favorite product that is made by us? Know the specifics about the company, study recent advertisements that they have and do your pre-interview homework!!

 

  • What is your dream job? Have a rough idea of what you would do if you were allowed to do anything in the world. Keep it brief and realistic.

 

  • What type of salary do you expect in this job? Know the range of pay in your field. Also know the qualifications that are required by the job that you are applying for and make sure you match those standards. You can state that you expect to be ( at the low, mid, high ) range of their pay scale depending on how your qualifications match with their needs. You can also ask if they can give you a range of they pay scale for such a position.

 

  • What skills do you bring that other candidates may not have? This is an ideal time to express experiences that are unique to you and no one else. Avoid generalizations and give specifics.

 

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? Have a list prepared. Make sure you are able to say what your weakness are and how you are trying to improve on them.

 

  • What are your hobbies and outside interests? Have your hobbies, and outside interests prepare. if you answer with something like reading or painting, be prepared to answer a favorite book or painter and why they are your favorite.

 

  • Why have you decided to leave your current position? Be honest in how you answer. Remember that they also may contact your references or previous employer for additional information.

 

  • Where do you see yourself five years from now? Have a general idea of where you would want to be in five years. During the interview- you may also be asked how this current position will help you get there.

 

  • What experiences have you gained from your previous jobs? Pick a few points and skills that you have obtained from your previous jobs.

 

  • Be prepared to talk about your presentations, or any papers that you have worked on. Provide specifics and details when asked about these items.

 

  • What questions do you have about this position or firm? This is where the list of questions that you prepared in your preinterview prep would come in handy.

 

  • What is your technique to approaching a difficult task? Use experiences that you had in the past as a model. Include your strengths- possibly things like organizational skills, multitasking. If the project seems too big, or they keep putting in barriers and difficulties in the task- never be afraid to say that you may ask for assistance from someone more experienced.

 

  • How do you organize or prepare for major projects?

 

  • How do you manage your time daily?

 

  • How do you deal with a difficult co-worker? Explain an experience that you have had in the past. Make sure that you can explain what the difficulties were and how you were able to overcome those differences between you and your co-worker.

 

  • How do you manage stress in your daily life? You can state what you do to relax or be calm in a situation. You can state if you have started up hobbies or exercise routines for such states as well.

 

  • What is an example of the most creative or innovative project that you have worked on ?

 

  • Give me an example of your ( persuasiveness, initiative, resourcefulness, leadership skills) When doing your preinterview preparation, write down some points about examples that have come up in your previous jobs. This can be kept fresh in your mind.

 

  • Tell me something about yourself

 

  • What would you do if I told you that you performed poorly during this interview? If asked such a question, include in your answer that you would ask the interviewer what was done wrong, that you would review yourself where there may have been some miscommunication, and you would clarify any doubts that you had with previous questions. Don’t let questions such as this shake your confidence. Be calm and relaxed.

 

  • Why have you selected to join us?
    I always longed to work with a company. I am familiar and whose products I have used and trusted.
    (Narrate briefly how you can prove your statement. Do good research on the company before facing the interview)

 

  • Where do you want to be in 5 years?
    I would like to be frank. Judge me from the work and I am sure you will put me right where I want to be.
    Note : Do not over ambitious and speak in a way that you are not satisfied with your current job which you have applied for.

 

  • Describe your ideal career?
    Talk of what you enjoy most your skills and natural talents. Do not specify your goal and any job title.

 

  • Tell me something about yourself
    Do not just repeat what you have given in your resume. Be ready with the answer, a talent or something you did out of the ordinary. You can sound it as unique or give it a touch of your personality.

 

  • How did you apply for the job?
    Be specific and give a straight answer of how you came to know about the vacancy. If it was advertised specify how you came across it.

 

  • Why do you want to work here?
    Have a research done about the company / organization
    Give just one or two reasons why you are interested. You can add these points (1)  company’s reputation(2) desire to join the specific field of interest.

 

  • Don’t you think that you are over qualified for this job?
    (This question is put to you to puzzle a candidate. Be calm and answer the question with a positive and confident approach)
    Answer in the negative
    My experience and qualification will just help me to do the job better. Moreover I am at establishing a long term relationship which my qualification will favor me to handle more responsibilities and help me to rise to your expectations.

 

  • What competition do you see if you take up this job?
    When you answer, clearly show that you have researched carefully and acquired more in-depth knowledge about the company.
    Enumerate some positive and negative traits of the company and their competitions.
    Feel confident to show that competition is not an unexpected one.

 

  • What would you do if our competitor offers you a job?
    Show your confidence in the company’s worth, stress the point ‘I would say No’ by pointing out some qualities you found out in your research about the company.

 

  • Why are you leaving your current job?
    You should give two or three reasons for leaving.
    Lack of challenge, focus on the limitations etc. Point out your ambition to prove your worth confidently.

 

  • What salary do you expect?
    (This is a tricky question to be answered carefully. Interviewers often accept people with realistic financial goals.)
    If you mention a salary that is low it shows that you are not up to the mark. If you mention too high you have ruined a chance to get a job. So the best is to ask for the salary they offer and then show your capacity, how your experience and qualification rate with what is offered.

 

  • What interests you most about the job?
    (Show how you believe that you are most suited to the post. If you can find out an earlier experience it would be fine.)
    If you have experience, you can quote some similarities from the past and how you achieved success.

 

  • What is your dream job?
    Make the question a chance to display your aptitude that fits the job you have applied for. Display how your skills can be put into suite the challenges and modern trends.

 

  • Why should we take you?
    This is often the concluding Question( Some tips to the answer)

 

  • Don’ts :  Do not repeat your resume
    Do not enumerate your experience

 

  • Do’s: Prove your interest
    Be positive in your answer
    Be prepared with confidence in what you are going to say
    Make sure the answer comes from the bottom of your heart.

 

  • If you have unlimited time and financial resources how would you spend them
    Even though it is tempting to discuss thing you would do for fun, answer these questions with strict coherence with the job you have applied for.
    Egg: If you  are into teaching, touch on your interest in adult literary programmers and  other teaching  oriented  aspects.

 

  • How is your experience relevant to this job?
    Sketch out some similar work which you have done in your previous job. It should be something justifiable by you, even though others may think differently.
    You can even ask some question where you can prove that your experience stands in good strand.

 

  • How could you enrich your current job?
    Design your answer to show that you are still interested in the job and you point out a few instances where improvements can be made. Convince the person that you can be relied on and you will not get bored with what you do with time.

 

  • How many days where you absent from work?
    Give a solid attendance record. But at the same time show you were not responsible. Convince that you are willing to take up responsibility.
    Egg: I was absent 7 days. 4 days due to conjunctivitis and one day due to the death of a close relative and 2 days had to accompany my parents for their check up.

 

  • Tell me about a time you had to deal with an irritate customer, how did you handle the solution?
    The question is aimed at you to hear from yourself how you handle people when others loose their temper. Here the best answer you can give to describe a situation and show how you handled  it with maturity and diplomacy.

 

  • How do you manage stress in your daily work?
    You can describe a situation of how you had managed stress in your previous work if you had one or narrate how you can find time in your busy schedule to relax a bit.

 

  • Describe a professional skill you have developed in you?
    It will be better if you be specific with your answer. Narrate something you worked for, to fulfill your work more efficiently. Describe how you attended a seminar and brought about the changed in your work.

 

  • How do you manage your work to meet deadlines
    Answer the question effectively.  Describe in detail how your plan out, set priorities, determine schedules, how you follow out to see the progress and meet the dead line.

 

  • What books you read?
    Do not ever say you have read a book which you have not. Here your suggestion can lead the interviewer to know your taste and interest. It can also hint on how you take your profession.

 

  • What are the most rewarding aspect of you most recent job?
    The best way to answer it is to focus in what you do efficiently, keep in mind the position you are applying for.

 

  • What aspects of this job do you feel most confident?
    Narrate what you are good and match it with the present job requirements. You may ask questions to clear if that particular skill will add benefit to the company

 

  • What can motivate you?
    The Interview expects an answer to know you better .Keep in tune with your job and work you have applied for. Do not beat around the bush.

 

  • Whom do you choose as your reference and why?
    Name the references and how you know them. You can also show that you are a person who cares for relationships and how you stand in good stead with them.

 

  • Can we call all your references?
    If you have given your present boss as your reference you can tell that you prefer to call your current boss only after you receive a confirmed offer as he may not like you changing the job.

 

  • Do you have any questions?
    Be prepared to answer this question in advance. List out a few questions you wish to know more about. After you have faced the interview your logic will guide you to ask the question you really want to know more about.

 

  • How do you handle criticism?
    Here the interview is on the lookout for your accountability and professional character.
    Simply explain a situation that caused a problem and narrate how you faced it and overcame it.

 

  • Tell me about a situation that upset you at work
    Here the interviewee is trying to find out how you deal with pressure. Be diplomatic and objective with your answer. Prepare the answer so that the answer comes as a smooth reassurance

 

  • Have you ever been fired?
    If  the answer is negative, the answer is simple. But if you have been fired, you need to be prepared  to the answer the follow up questions that my come up.
    If the termination was for reason beyond your control narrate it. If not do not try justifying yourself. If you had a fault, admit it and convince the interview that you have corrected it.

 

  • Do you change your job frequently?
    Be honest and if you had changed the jobs frequently there could be ample reasons to do so. Put them up as contracts that expired at the stipulated time.
    Be convincing when you say that you long to have a steady and long lasting relationship with the present job you are applying for.

 

  • What is the toughest job you had?
    Avoid making any negative statements especially about your previous employer. Change the question with a positive outlook and answer it with a satisfied remark of your outcome.

 

  • How do you handle tension?
    Answer with ease that in any job and any situation that  tension is a part of it.  Relax before putting the f act you are very used to such type of works.

 

  • What is your current salary?
    Do not bluff. Be specific on the answer. Do not hesitate to say the benefits you enjoyed in the previous job. It may be verified so never mention the benefits you have not got.

 

  • Will you be willing to accept transfer?
    Tell you preference but do not specify that you will be not willing to work elsewhere.

 

  • What is your weakness?
    Turn the question to a positive one. Simply say that you are a perfectionist and your commitment to output of high quality perfect work. Say this is your weakness.

 

  • How much time do you spend for your hobby?
    A question to be answered in a creative and subtle way that the time you spend will not interfere with the working span.

 

  • What mode of communication do you prefer?
    In the present situation most of the big companies are with their communication on line. Answer  the question considering the level to which you have applied for. Do not hesitate to say you are well versed in all modes

 

  • Do you plan and organize before you start a work?
  • This question is aimed at you to show how systematically you plan and proceed with your projects. If you have any experience, give a systematic answer. Do not beat around the bush as they are looking for a concrete stuff in your answer.

 

  •  How were you evaluated in your last job?
    Be brief and honest. Clarify the evaluation with a system.

 

  • What are things that you find difficult to do?
    The question is asked to make you answer the thing you do not like to do. Remember to have a piratical touch in your answers.

 

  • What is your relationship with your former employer?
    It is a question aimed at to know you better. The answer will throw light on how you were in the last work place.

 

  • Describe a situation where you could not attain your goal?
    Be ready with the answer before hand or you may land in trouble. Choose one and give correct details

 

  • Can you work overtime?
  • Do not be intimidated. Agree if you are willing but clarify the details before making commitments.

 

  • Do you have any questions?
  • Be casual and clear all the doubts you have. Do not try out any question that will bring forth any questions back to you.

 

  • Have you had difficulty getting along with others?
  • Give a reply in the negative and bring forth the idea that you are easy to get along with others.

 

  • What can you do for us that others cannot?
  • This is a question that can be answered to bring out your talents and to prove that you are efficient and dynamic.

 

  • What reservations do you have about working here?
  • Do not have any negative at the moment to pint out. Answer the question with a positive statement. Point out the organization as one where you really wanted to belong and work.

 

  • Why do you want to work here with us?
  • Do a deep study about the organization and have a list of merits ready so that you will be able to give a steady and easy answer.

 

  • This job requires long hours will it be a problem for your spouse /children?
  • Frame the answer in such a way that you give equal importance to your work and family. You should be able to prove your credibility.

 

  • Does your spouse work?
  • The question gives an insight if you are the only bread earner of the family. If the answer is yes there will be follow up questions as to who takes care of the children and the rest.

 

  • Whom should we notify in case of an emergency?
  • The question gives a clear insight on whom you depend and trust .It is almost as equal as giving a reference.

 

  • Are you in the habit of changing your jobs frequently?
  • Answer the question with the resume you have given .If it shows many places worked give a reply that you wish to stick to the present job applied for.

 

  • What do your parents do?
  • The question is asked to understand the background of the applicant. If a parent has a positive tie- in to the organization /industry that you are seeing, employment you may mention this.

 

  • Are you a religious person?
  • An odd question but if the organization is run by religious institutions your answer in the positive will have real good effects.

 

  • What organizations do you belong to?
  • You may list the various organizations in which you are a member. Make sure you do not list any organization that can bring negative impact.

 

  • How old are you?
  • Just a question asked to remind you that you are  too old for the job or too young for the job. Be aware and answer the question with accuracy.

 

  • How flexible are you?
  • Be brief, direct and focused with the answer. Prepare the answer and keep it ready.

 

  • How do you deal with change?
  • The ideal answer is to give an idea that you can accept any change as long as it is for the good. The answer also throws light on the personality. It also reflects how dynamic you are.

 

  • Do you think you are too young for this post?
  • Convince the maturity that you have will stand in good stead than the years of experience.

 

  • Will you be willing to start at a lower salary because of your inexperience?
  • Deal with the question by emphasizing the fact that inexperience will not come in the way of doing the work efficiently. Have many justifications to prove it.

 

  • Do you have any disability?
  • This is a broad question to be answered carefully. If you have any, disclose them.

 

  • How long have you been disabled?
  • A follow up question of the previous one that can be supported with documents.

 

  • Have you filed a compensation claim with any company you worked for?
  • If the answer is yes it is better to say that you do not wish to answer the question and end at it. There is no law that prevents one from getting a job because of prior workers compensation claim.

 

  • Have you been a target of sexual harassment? Have you filed a complaint?
  • This question is raised to determine your proclivity to take legal action at work place. Be open and express yourself freely as the question came from them and it was not you who initiated it.

 

  • Have you ever been arrested?
  • The question can be answered negative unless you were arrested and proved guilty by a court of law. This is because a person who is arrested is innocent until proven guilty.

 

  • Has any court found you guilty?
  • This question is asked to clear and clarify if any criminal record is present.

 

Interview Questions- (Especially for Engineers)

 

1. Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year.

2. Describe the most significant written technical report or presentation that you had to complete.

3. In your last engineering position, what were some of the things that you spent the most time on, and how much time did you spend on each?

4. What do you enjoy most/least about engineering?

5. What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?

6. Do you have any patents? If so, tell me about them. If not, is it something you see yourself pursuing and why or why not?

7. Think of a specific engineering project when you answer this question. What could you have done to be more successful in achieving your goal(s)?

8. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.

9. What is your overall career objective? Do you see yourself working in engineering ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing?

10. Give me an example of a time in which you were effective in doing away with the “constant emergencies” and “surprises” that engineers often face.

11. Describe a time when as a member of the engineering department, you were instrumental in building a good long-term relationship with another department within the company.

12. Tell me about your greatest success in using the principles of logic to solve an engineering problem in your last job.

13. Give me an example of a time when you applied your ability to use analytical techniques to define problems or design solutions.

14. To what extent has your engineering background required you to be skilled in the analysis of technical reports or information?

15. Describe a time when you used your engineering knowledge to solve a problem for which there appeared to be no answer.

16. Tell me about a time when you became aware of a hazardous workplace condition. How did you handle it?

17. Tell me about your experience in dealing with routine engineering work. How do you keep from getting bored?

18. I expect the engineer that I hire for this position to be precise – detailed oriented in everything he or she does. What checks and balances do you use to make sure that you don’t make mistakes?

19. Give me an example of a time when you had to teach a skill to other engineers.

20. Some of the best-engineered ideas are born out of an individual’s ability to challenge, others’ ways of thinking. Tell me about a time when you were successful in do this.

21. On your last project assignment, what problems did you identify that had been previously overlooked?

22. How has your present or last engineering job changed while you’ve held it?

23. If I offer you a position as an engineer with us, how do you plan to get off to a jackrabbit start?

24. Give me an example of something that you have learned from a mistake that you made on a job at a client site.

25. Tell me about a time when a project team effort that you were involved in failed.

26. For what advice or assistance do fellow engineers turn to you?

27. Tell me about the most challenging technical proposal you’ve ever written.

28. What factors would you consider in building an engineering department from scratch?

29. How do you communicate priority projects with a team of other engineers without making them feel overwhelmed?

30. Describe a specific engineering project that you were responsible for that required a lot of interaction with a variety of people over a long period of time.

31. What do you get out of engineering that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work?

32. Describe a typical day out in the field in your last or present job.

33. What media contacts do you have that would help us market our technical products/services?

34. What step-by-step criteria do you use to make difficult decisions that involve other engineers?

35. To whom did you turn for help the last time that you ran into a major technical problem, and why did you choose that person?

36. Give me two examples of technical decisions that you had to make on your last job.

37. Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision that affected the entire engineering department.

38. In the field of engineering, priorities often change quickly. Give me an example of a time when that happened. How did you handle it?

39. How can you best use your engineering education and prior work experience to help our company grow?

40. How long have you been looking for an engineering spot? Have you had any job offers yet? If so, why are you still looking?

41. Tell me about a time when you had to take disciplinary action with an engineer who reported to you.

42. Tell me about the last time you lost your temper in the field.

43. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?

44. What single technical skill or ability is your best asset?

45. What kind of hours did you typically work in your most recent engineering job?

46. What kinds of information would you request or require before you felt you could do justice to a project assignment?

47. Describe two specific technical contributions you would expect to make during the first six months on the job if you joined our company.

48. Tell me about a time when you surpassed all expectations by going “above and beyond” for a client.

49. What have you specifically done to make the work of the engineers who report to you easier?

50. How do you feel about the workload in the engineering department on your present or previous job?

 

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