- Why should we hire you?
If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills. Whatever goal I set, I ensure to complete them within stipulated time.
- Reason behind leaving your last job?
In order to enhance my skill set, I am looking for better opportunities.
- Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
I enrolled myself for some advanced personality development course with some freelance work.
- Tell me your ability to work under pressure?
I keep myself calm and focus on multi-tasking while being pressure.
- What are your expectations from job?
Professionally advancement and good future.
- Describe your management style?
I will be constantly keeping tab of assigned work with my subordinates and seniors, finishing the assigned job before deadlines.
- Are you a team player?
Yes, The team which I was a part of have successfully completed the projects within deadlines.
- What irritates you about co-workers?
I believe in team work. Even if I find anything irritating, I try to avoid it unless it personally affects me.
- How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
As long as I feel challenged professionally.
- How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself in a senior position managing important portfolio of this company.
- What is your weakness?
I concentrate on one thing at a time.
- What is your strength?
I am a quick learner and a great team player.
- What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
It doesn’t matter till I learn something new in every project.
Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness. In addition to preparing yourself physically, you need to prepare yourself mentally.
- The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming.
- Fear of unknown can only exist when there is an unknown.
- Do not have inadequate knowledge about the company and the industry in which you have applied for the employment.
- Do not be improperly dressed or display lack of sense of hygiene.
- If the interview board is harsh, do not loose cool during the interview.
- Do not reply unfocused and out of context.
Thus, awareness should be as precise as possible.
- Do not lack self confidence or appear shaky.
- Poor communication skills are an absolute put off.
- Body language must not reflect negatively.
- Do not lack the relevant subject knowledge.
- There is a difference between self confidence and over confidence.
- Do not hide background and family history.
- Anticipate tough questions: Prepare in advance so you can turn apparent weakness into strengths.
- Conduct yourself professionally: Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile, make eye contact, do not slouch and maintain composure.
- Dress Appropriately: Make sure your first a professional one.
- Listen: This is probably the most important “do” of all. By concentrating not only on the employer’s worlds, but also on the tone of voice and body language, you will be able to pick up on the employer’s style.
- You can show your winning attitude in the way you present yourself. Incorporate the actual words”positive attitude“, “passion for excellence” and “striving to be my best” into your interview language.
- If you can show me, by words and examples, your “can do” attitude, it is you I will hire.
The Second Most Important Aspect Of Interviewing
- Another key element to successful interviewing is your attitude.
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.
- If you want to rise above other with better experience, better grades, or better anythings, you will need to work on developing a highly positive work attitude.
- The way most employers differentiate at the entry level is by candidates’ attitude and passion towards the job.
- Your attitude and passion is what recruiters remember when the dust has settled after they have reviewed ten, twenty, or even hundred candidates- you were the one who was sincerely willing to put forth your best effort.
- Arrive 15 minutes early: Late attendance is never excusable.
- Make your Hello effect impressive: Remember that first impression is long lasting for the interviewing board.
- Clarify questions: Be sure you answered the questions the employer really asked.
- Give your qualifications: Stress the accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
How can you demonstrate your passion in the interview?
- Through your enthusiasm for the job and behavioral examples of how your passion has had a positive impact on results.
- If you can show me, in your words, actions and past behaviors, that you have true passion towards achieving excellence, you can and will be chosen over the superstar.
- Let your passion for the job show through in every aspect of your interview.
The most important aspect of interviewing
- What you can do to set yourself apart in your interview?
The most important aspect of successful interviewing is not your experience, your degree or your resume. That’s what you got the interview.
- The key to successful interviewing can be summed up in one word:
- Its your passion for the job that will set you apart from the crowd.
If you had to live your life over again, what one thing would you change?
- Focus on a key turning point in your life or missed opportunity. Yet also tie it forward to what you are doing to still seek to make that change.
- Stay focused on positive direction in your life and back it up with examples.
Tell me about yourself
- It seems like an easy interview question. It’s open ended. I can talk about whatever. Right?
- What the hiring manager really wants is a quick, two-three minute snapshot of who you are and why you are the best candidate for this position.
- Use an example or two to back it up. Always point back to an example when you have the opportunity.
- “Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Just tell me what makes yo best.
Why should I hire you?
The easy answer is that you are the best person for the job. And don’t be afraid to say so. But then back it up with what specially differentiates you.
For example: “You should hire me because I’m the most suitable person for the job. I realize that there are other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for the job- my passion for excellence.”I am passionately committed to producing truly world class results”.
What is your Long-Range Objective?
The key is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.
For example: “Within five years, I would like to become the very best engineer your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so , I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in the long term.
How has your education prepared you for your career?
This is a broad question and you need to focus on the behavioral examples in your examples in your educational background which is specifically align to the required competencies for the career.
For example: “My education has focused on not only the learning the fundamentals, but also on the practical application of the information learned within those classes. For example, I played the lead role in the class project where we gathered and analysed best practice data from this industry.”
Are you a team player?
Almost everyone says yes to this question. But it is not just a yes/no question. You need to provide behavioral examples to back up your answer.
A sample answer : ” Yes I am very much a team player. In- fact, I’ve had opportunities in my project, school and college to develop my skills as a team player.
Emphasize teamwork behavioral examples and focus on your openness to diversity of backgrounds. Talk about the strength of the team above the individual. And note that this question may be used as a lead in to questions around how you handle conflict within a team, so be prepared.
Have you ever had conflict with a senior or professor? How it was resolved?
Note that if you say no , most interviewers will keep drilling deeper to find a conflict. The key is how you behaviorally reacted to the conflict and what you did to resolve it.
For example: “Yes, I have had one conflicts in the past. Never major ones, but there have been disagreements that needed to be resolved. I have found that when conflict occurs, it helps to fully understand the other person’s perspective, so I take time to fully understand the other persons perspective, so I take time to listen to their point of you, then I seek to work out a collaborative solution.
What is your greatest weakness?
Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as I work too much. I just work and work and work”. First of all using a strength and presenting it as weakness is deceiving. Second it Misses the point of question.
You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: “I have had trouble in past with prioritization However, I am now taking steps to correct this, I just started using a pocket planner ” then explain them your planner and how you are using it.
Talk about a true weakness and show that you are doing to overcome it.
If I were to ask your professionals to describe you, what would they say?
This is a threat of reference check question Do not wait for the interview to know the answer. Ask your professors in advance and if they are willing to provide a positive reference, ask them for a letter of recommendation.
Then you can answer the question like this:
“I believe he/she would say I am very energetic person, that I am results oriented and one of the best people she has ever worked with. Actually, I know he/she would say that, because those are his/her very words. May I show you his/her letter of recommendation?”
So be prepared in advance(with your letters of recommendation, if possible).
What qualities do you feel a successful Manager/ Engineer should have?
Focus on two words: Leadership and vision
Here is an sample of how to respond. “The key quality in a successful manager should be leadership– the ability to be the visionary for the people who are working under them. The person who can set the course and direction for subordinates. The highest calling of a true leader is inspiring others to reach the highest of their abilities. I’d like to tell you about a person whom I consider to be a true leader.”
Then give an example of someone who has touched your life and how their impact has helped in your personal development.