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7 Common Questions faced during an Interview

Some questions are definitely easy to answer as compared to others. An unexpected question can suddenly jolt you out of your comfort zone and shake your confidence. To deal with such setbacks it is always better to be prepared for an interview.
To give you an idea of a few examples, here our list of difficult interview questions, and how to answer them:

Why did you leave your last job?

Whenever answering this one, avoid the temptation of speaking ill about your employer at any cost. This gives a wrong impression and a negative outlook. No one would like to hire a person that says my previous employer was a horrible person. Prepare this answer in advance and maintain a diplomatic, yet positive tone while answering the question. If all else fails, explaining that there were no opportunities for career progression sounds a lot better.

Example :

I found myself bored with the work and looking for more challenges. I am an excellent employee and I didn’t want my unhappiness to have any impact on the job I was doing for my employer.

Tell me about yourself…

This is a very commonly asked question and usually an opening question. This question is the base for further probing and off course to know more about you. This question will make them determine about your communication skills and how well you put yourself forward when given the limelight. Remember to be to the point and not discuss your life story here.

Example:

Should be about a two or three minutes long and briefly cover your education, your interest in the field, work history and experience.

What are your weaknesses…?

The first part of this question is to acknowledge that you do have a weakness. Be honest as this will save you lot of time during the interview plus you will answer with confidence, if cross questioned if it truly is your weakness.

An alternative approach is to analyze the key skills and strengths required for the position you are interviewing for and then come up with an honest shortcoming which is not essential for success in that job.

Example:

Weakness + how you’ve tried/are trying to address it = (eventually) strength
Being organized wasn’t my strongest point, but I implemented a time management system that really helped my organization skills.

What Interests You About This Job?

In all cases, you will want to convey your enthusiasm for the opportunity to interview, along with your solid ability to do the job.
The best way to respond to such a question is to describe the qualifications listed in the job posting, then connect them to your skills and experience. This way the employer would know that you are well versed with your profile and have the necessary skills and experience.

Example:

If you were interviewing for a Programmer / Analyst position, you would mention your interest in learning and excelling at new technologies, your experience in programming new applications, and your interest in and your ability in problem solving.

What are your salary expectations?

Take a look at the average salary for someone in this industry, area, and who possesses similar skills to yourself, and you should get a basic idea. There is no need to be very specific at this stage as the job has not been offered yet; give a broad range of salary scale instead. However, whatever your previous experience, don’t be tempted to sell yourself short.

Example:

A broad (but realistic) answer e.g. Im looking for a starting salary somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

This is an all time favourite question. This is asked just to see how clear you are with your goals and ambitions to progress within the industry. They also want to verify that this isn’t just a stop gap position.All of your answers should be in sync with te organization and the position you have applied for (e.g. I’d like to progress to a Senior Software Engineer or I see myself being a team leader…).Take a look at their business strategy, corporate culture or corporate objectives before the interview.

Example:

Mold your career goals around the organisations objectives, demonstrate ambition and be passionate about the industry trends and industry itself.

Do you have any questions?

Example: Yes. No exceptions. It is always better to ask.

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