An interview can be a very harrowing experience for some people. There is that fear and tension of being judged too harshly, being asked really tough questions, and saying something that is not taken well in the professional world. And if you're not prepared, then that makes it even more difficult. But what if you knew some typical interview questions and answers? You'd know the basis of how to prepare for a job interview, what things to keep in mind, and how to present yourself for the maximum effect. All in all, it would increase your chances of succeeding at the interview. The following are a list of these questions and answers that you can refer to before heading for that interview.
'Tell us about yourself'
Unless specifically asked to talk about your hobbies, or to 'describe a typical day in your routine', stick to educational qualifications and work-related information.
'What are your strengths and weaknesses?'
Don't go overboard here, stick to qualities that can be made applicable to the job. Include qualities like creative, team player, interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, etc. When it comes to stating weaknesses, you could talk about something that you worked hard upon and ultimately improved on it, like a short temper. This approach will make you seem human and yet it will be admirable because you strove to overcome it.
'Do you think you can handle this job?'
Talk about how you are qualified to handle the job at hand, and back it up with work experience (if any).
'Why do you want to work here?'
Talk about how the company's name in the market is. For example, if it is a very large organization, talk about how you would want to be a part of it and gain knowledge from the vast pool of knowledge. And if it is a relatively small organization, talk about how you want to grow with the firm, to get hands on knowledge.
'Why did you leave your last job?'
Now this is a tricky one. Do not bad mouth your previous job no matter what the circumstance. This will only make you come off as the bad guy. Speak about positive things, like you wanting to try new opportunities or for better growth prospects.
'Are you a team player?'
The answer to that is, of course, yes. Make sure that you have examples to prove this point. Talk about events that you've handled in which you've been an integral part of the team and led the team on many occasions.
'What is your expected salary?'
This is a very tricky question. Because you don't want to state a sum that is either too high or too low. The best way to handle this is to let the interviewer talk. You could go with a generic term like 'That's a really tough question to answer. How much would you say this position gets'. If he answers, then you can take it from there. But if he doesn't, go with a very wide range.
'Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?'
This one is a hot favorite of all employees. Try not to sound generic and vague on this one. Look up at the career advances in the field that you are getting into. If possible, connect it with the company's specific roles. No one wants to know that the employee is planning on jumping careers soon. No organization will want to spend time and resources on training someone who is going to be leaving soon.
'Have you applied anywhere else?'
Be sure to be a little careful when answering this one. There's no need to be extremely honest. If you've applied to a large firm, it is understood that you might have applied to others as well. You can always say that this is my first choice so I haven't applied elsewhere yet, but depending on the recruitment stage, I might have to apply elsewhere.
'How would you deal with a co-worker who is annoying/spinning tales about you?'
Say that you would try talking to him/her and reason with them before going to the supervisor. If nothing works you would be forced to complain because nothing is more important than the work, and the quality should not suffer.
'Are you willing to relocate?'
Have this absolutely clear. If you are not willing to relocate then don't say you are. Saying something that is not true will make it very unpleasant for you and the organization in the future.
'Do you have any questions?'
Do not ask questions at every question that is posed to you. Make sure that you have read the company data well and that your research is up-to-date. After that, if there are any doubts you can ask them at the end of the session. Usually an employer will ask this question and you'll be given an opportunity to answer. Or sometimes the interviewer might ask you this question after every separate question.
Having a list of the varied questions that may be asked helps you prepare for the interview and teaches you how to answer the questions in the right manner. Other than that, it clears your own thought process so that you know what you really need and want from a job.