Interview is a communication between two persons, in which the employer assesses the strengths and skills of the candidate so that he may determine whether the interviewee is suitable for the job position or not. From a stream of candidates, the employers intend to choose only those persons who appear most suitable for the vacant positions. In job-hunting process, the interview-stage comes after “resume submission”.
If somebody is called for interview, it means that he has been scrutinized out of many other candidates but still the game is not over. He will have to face one or more interview sessions with a single interviewer or a panel of interviewers and after an in depth screening process he might be the right person to fill the vacant position.
Remember interview helps the employer to learn a number of facts about you including your professional strengths, your communication skills, your thinking pattern, confidence, sense of responsibility and other behavioral traits that can affect your personality.Following are some of the questions commonly asked in interviews combined with how you should answer them.
- 1. Introduce Yourself
At the very onset of interview, the interviewer often asks the candidate to introduce himself. This is perhaps the most widely asked question which gets you talking and revealing your strengths. Carefully handle this question as it will help you score positive or negative ratings of the interviewer. Mostly, the interviewee starts telling irrelevant details such as their hobbies, likes and dislikes; such replies really annoy the interviewers. The best answer to this question should cover your education, career, and current life situation.
- 2. Why Should We Hire You?
This is the point you can secure the interviewers’ positive ratings. You are supposed to justify your suitability for the position you are applying for. Give straightforward answers revealing your skills that can match the desired job; again irrelevancy will mar your impression to a great extent. Do not use flattery phrases like “I am perfect”, “I desperately need a job”, and “I am the only person fit for this job”. Such replies are superficial and ungrounded. Secondly, avoid taking potshot at the flaws or weaknesses of other applicants; focus on your skills, talents, and strengths as much as you can.
- 3. Why do You Want to Leave the Current Job?
Generally people switch to other jobs for two reasons: better growth opportunities and higher salary. But you should simply tell them that you desire to excel in your career and avail opportunities that may grow your potential as well as your skills. Avoid mentioning money because it would reflect that you a mercenary type of person who can leave any job for more money. This will affect your reliability and will earn you negative ratings from the interviewer. However, if you were fired from the previous position, even then explain what the actual causes behind your termination were without expressing anything negative about the previous employer.
- 4. What are Your Strengths?
Certainly, this is one of most widely asked questions, so make a mind about how well you can deal with this question. Highlight you main strengths relevant to the job. You should have at lest three to four strengths on your finger tips and disclose everyone with proper justification. A host of strengths usually come from interviewees, let us say, “ability to learn quickly”, “working in stressed environment”, “determination to excel” and “ability to manage subordinate staffing”.
You may also be asked to augment your strengths with examples. So do homework in this regard and get fully prepared to answer this question. However, if your greatest strength is irrelevant to your job, for example, you think you are the best athlete, keep it to yourself as the interviewer has no concern with your entire list of strengths. He is just looking for relevant strengths.
- 5. Tell us what your Biggest Weakness is?
Here be smart; neither too honest nor too cunning. If you say you don’t have any weakness, it will obviously mean that you are lying; on the other hand if you profess your weakness honestly, you may be kicking yourself in the butt. To answer this horrible question, some people try to conceal their weakness by using symbolic language as is the case with most of the politicians. So saying, “I am very much devoted to my job and therefore cannot take time for family” would not only sound odd but also give negative impression that you do not have courage to admit your mistakes.
The best way to answer this question is to profess your personal or professional weakness which is not very vital for the job. You may say, “As a team leader, I often tend to become too demanding and drive lower staff into difficulty; however, I am trying to improve myself by using the carrot along with stick”
- 6. What is your Expected Salary?
It is another tricky question usually asked during the interview. The job-seeker desires to take as much as possible while the employer wants to give as little as the employee is willing to take. Here, if you have a concrete figure in your mind and you are confident to get it, just disclose whatever is in your mind. Nevertheless, you can also be more formal by saying, “I think a person with my qualification should get between X and Y.” But never ever demand much more than what could be the possible salary for the position you are applying for because this will never help you get your foot in the door.
These are just a few questions asked in interviews; a slew of other questions and even cross questions may also be asked during interview sessions. A candidate should bear in mind that he has to prove his suitability for the position and to do this he will have to depend on positive and justified grounds. In addition to dealing with such questions, you can also polish your personality to ensue a positive presence through your body language, the appropriate clothing, and also by making sure that you are a well-groomed, decent, and graceful personality.