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Easy Answers for the 6 Most Common Interview Questions

October 8, 2015

Here are some most common interview questions that you can always expect, for which answers have to be prepared, however there are others which are tough soliciting responses at the spur of the moment.

Answering the most common interview questions requires certain level of mental preparation to respond with complete honesty and sincerity of intent. We’ve listed below some of the most common questions posed by HR managers during an interview and how to answer them (in sense, the ideal answers expected vis-a-vis what you choose to convey).

  1. Tell me about yourself

This is the beginning question posed by every interviewer, irrespective of the job type and industry you apply. Many people are absolutely unprepared for this question and hence their answers are unable to justify of what is expected by the HR manager. What most people do is they provide a summary of their qualification, experiences and personal history, which is not what the interviewer seeks to hear in response.

Instead this is an opportunity to state why you’re the perfect candidate for this job. Since you know this question will definitely come up, be prepared with two to three examples of accomplishments in your career that demonstrate to the interviewer why you stand a upper hand over the other candidates. Lead the answers to a new footnote, on how past experiences have groomed you to take up new challenges in a job role.

  1. Why should we hire you?

This is a tough question to sound quite intimidating at times; however it finally depends on how you respond to this. You can grab this opportunity to detail your skill sets backing up with relevant examples. The answer should reveal that you’re perfect fit for the company culture and the team with know how about the company workings.

  1. Why do you want this job role?

If you only want this job, because you need a job then perhaps this answer would fail to impress the interviewer to give you a chance to perform. This answer clearly indicates lack of passion and commitment towards the new job role.

The ideal response should interrelate what you love to do and why you do it (citing past experiences as examples) to your career objective on why you wish to be a part of the particular company culture. The answers should paint a picture on the minds of the interviewer to seek to understand, how badly you want this job, instead of wanting this job only to suffice to make a living out of it.

See: Top 5 Questions Jobseekers Should and Should Not Ask During Interviews

  1. In your opinion, what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Most people feel uncomfortable in answering this question, as they are unsure about the outcomes on how they would be perceived by the interviewer. However, it is in your best interest to emphasise on your strengths during answers to this question and also convey on how your weakness could possibly become your strengths, if you put them to use wisely.

Share your true strengths and not what the interviewer would like to hear, be professional and specific as much as possible. As you speak about your weakness, be honest about things you struggle with and your efforts to improve on them, such as an example on your workings towards improving a skill can speak a lot about self awareness and ability to take up challenges.

  1. Can you handle pressures and stressful situations at work?

Stress and work pressures are completely unavoidable in every industry; however learning to cope with them is something each individual has to master during their career span.

Your answer should be able to demonstrate that you can and you will stand up to situations of stress to maintain productivity at all times, without losing your cool. You will have to show that challenging situations do not stop you from accomplishing tasks within a set time frame.

It would also be smart to divulge some personal secrets on what you do to reduce stress. Like, taking deep breaths by stealing some moments off work to calm down, will showcase to the interviewer on how you maintain body balance during pressured times.

  1. What is the salary you expect?

This is one question wherein your answers should not be based on desire but what you ideally deserve, sufficiently backed up with reasons on why you deserve it. You can cite examples, drawing experiences from the past learning to prove your worth. Furthermore, research on sites like Glassdoor and Payscale will help find out the industry remuneration standards based on your qualification and experiences.

Once you’ve done this you know the salary you can expect at the back of your mind, which should be acceptable by the prospective employer. However, always state some amount of negotiation in final pay can always be worked out; this allows some room of flexibility for the employer.

Also read: Evaluate Your Job Offer before Committing

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