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It is vital that you have prepared answers for frequently asked questions that you may be asked. Answering common interview questions articulately takes practice and preparation. You should familiarize yourself with typical job interview questions as well as prepare appropriate answers to these questions in order to secure the job.

These questions provide the interviewer with insight into your personality, ability to integrate into a new team as well as your business/personal ethics and values. While there is no specific structure in which frequently asked job interview questions can be asked but a little preparation can help to land in your dream job.

Here are certain FAQ's and there probable best answers:

FAQ1. Tell me about yourself.

Study your CV prior to your job interview and identify areas of your work experience that is specifically relevant to the job you are being interviewed for. Answer in about two minutes. Avoid details, cover these four areas:
How many years, doing what function
Education credentials
Major responsibility and accomplishments
Personal summary of work style (plus career goals if applicable)
 
Answer in a systematic manner starting from your education till your present job, emphasizing on your strengths, achievement and things relevant for the job you are applying for. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Only once you have discussed information that is specific to the available position, should you then give a short explanation about your interests, character traits and future goals.
 
The reason why the recruiter is asking this question even after having seen your CV application is because they want to hear how you would describe your experience verbally and to ensure that your verbal explanation is consistent with the information detailed in your CV.

FAQ2. What do you know about our organization?

This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? Search the web about articles about the company, news relevant to the industry, the website should be a good place to start, check out with friends in the company or the same industry. Talk about there products, services , history and people. And do show interest to know more about the company from the interviewer himself if time permits. Never argue about details and be open to correction should you have interpreted some research information incorrectly.
 
You may conclude by saying you like what you've learned about the company, its policies, goals and management. And you can score well on this one.

FAQ3. Why do you want to work for us?

This may seem like an easy common interview question to answer, it is in fact a tricky job interview question. While the interviewer is asking you what you are looking for in a job, in actual fact they want you to answer with what they are looking for from you. Again when preparing for this question, be sure to have the job description/ advertisement close at hand in order to assess in precise detail what the recruiter is looking for in a candidate. Show the interviewer your interest in the company and the profile. Talk about how your professional skills will benefit the company.

FAQ4. In your professional experience what were your most significant accomplishments?

Give one or two accomplishment statements. Ideally these should be highlighted on your resume itself.

FAQ5. If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he or she say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Be consistent with what you think the boss would say. Package the weakness in a positive way. When discussing your strengths highlight some good possibilities like Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver or what you consider to be the recruiter's specific requirements. When indicating your weaknesses, never detail a character defect or poor performance areas that have no opportunity to be improved on. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, problem-solving skills, ability to work under pressure, ability to focus on projects, professional expertise, leadership skills, positive attitude etc.

FAQ6. You've been with your current employer quite a while. Why haven't you advanced with him?

Let us assume the interviewer has a point here. That doesn't mean you have to agree with the negative terms of the question. A probable answer can be : "I've grown about as much as I can in my current position."

FAQ7. Why are you leaving your present position?

Never answer this with negative reasons, even if they are true. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. However, some companies have financial problems which may preclude you from staying with them. Stay positive regardless of the circumstances.

FAQ8. What kinds of people do you find difficult to work with?

Use this question as a chance to show that you are a team player: "The only people I have trouble with are those who aren't team players, who just don't perform, who complain constantly, and who fail to respond to any efforts to motivate them." The interviewer is expecting a response focused on personality and personal dislikes. Surprise her by delivering an answer that reflects company values.

FAQ9. What do co-workers say about you?

Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. So and so, a co-worker at my Company, always said I was the hardest/ self motivated workers she had ever known.

FAQ10. What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?

Think this through. Your answer should be compatible with accepted norms.

FAQ11. What are the most difficult situation you ever faced on the job?

Everyone has had a few of these pressure situations in a career. Plan for this question, by thinking of a situation that had a happy ending happy for you and your company. You might discuss a difficult situation with a subordinate, provided that the issues were resolved inventively and to everyone satisfaction. Never digress into personal or family difficulties, and don't talk about problems you've had with supervisors or peers. Refer to accomplishments.

FAQ12. How do you handle rejection?

Rejection is part of business. People don't always buy what you sell. The trick here is to separate rejection of your product from rejection of yourself: "I see rejection as an opportunity. I would figure our ways to sell the idea/ project but if even than it's a NO, I'd take it and improve on it. "

FAQ13. Where do you see yourself in five years/ long range goal?

When answering this - stay focused on career goals and aspirations. Keep these career aspirations realistic and attainable within a 5 year period. Discuss ways / steps you have already taken to reach these career goals. You may also be asked how this current position will help you get there.

FAQ14. Do you consider yourself successful? How do you feel about your career progress so far?

You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

FAQ15. How do you manage stress in your daily life?

You can state what you do to relax or be calm in a situation. You can state if you have started up hobbies or exercise routines for such states as well. Answer with ease that in any job and any situation that tension is a part of it.

FAQ16. What is an example of the most creative or innovative project that you have worked on?

Give me an example of your (persuasiveness, initiative, resourcefulness, and leadership skills). When doing your pre-interview preparation, write down some points about examples that have come up in your previous jobs. This can be kept fresh in your mind.

FAQ17. How did you apply for the job?

Be specific and give a straight answer of how you came to know about the vacancy.

FAQ18. What would you do if our competitor offers you a job?

Show your confidence in the company's worth, stress the point 'I would say No' by pointing out some qualities you found out in your research about the company.

FAQ19. What is your dream job?

Make the question a chance to display your aptitude that fits the job you have applied for. Display how your skills can be put into suite the challenges and modern trends.

FAQ20. If you have unlimited time and financial resources how would you spend them ?

Even though it is tempting to discuss thing you would do for fun, answer these questions with strict coherence with the job you have applied for.

FAQ21. Tell me about a time you had to deal with an irate customer, how did you handle the solution?

The question is aimed at you to hear from yourself how you handle people when others loose their temper. Here the best answer you can give to describe a situation and show how you handled it with maturity and diplomacy.

FAQ22. Describe a professional skill you have developed in you?

Narrate some thing you worked for to fulfill your work more efficiently. Describe how you attended a seminar and brought about the change in your work.

FAQ23. How do you manage your work to meet dead lines

Describe in detail how your plan out, set priorities, determine schedules, how you follow out to see the progress and meet the dead line.

FAQ24. What can motivate you?

The Interviewer expects an answer to know you better .May be you can answer it like – seeing the results of your work / a challenging assignment/ learning opportunity.

FAQ25. Will you be willing to accept transfer?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Tell you preference but do not specify that you will be not willing to work else where.

FAQ26. How did you get your last job?

Make sure that your answer does not show that it was by chance. A polished answer is what is expected. Frame the answer in such a way that it shows how you had planned to get the job.

FAQ27. Have you been asked to resign/ leave a position?

If the answer is Yes, disclose the circumstances objectively without being negative about the organization or people.

FAQ28. Describe a major goal you have set for yourself?

Plan the answer carefully. Select a concrete project either professional or personal. It can be concerned with education or some personal development programme.

FAQ29. What will you do if this job is not offered to you?

Show your disappointment. Express how you have a lot to loose.

FAQ30. Have you worked for a difficult person?

This question is aimed at you to show how you handle work pressure and how you will satisfy tense situations as and when they arise. No human being is perfect and is learning at its own pace, we should have the ability to deal with different personality types. Give examples if possible but in a positive way.

FAQ31. Are you a team player?

Do not brag; just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. The answer to this should be affirmative unless its an individual contributor role that too would require to you to deal with people in other functions/ business. Be sure to have examples ready.

FAQ32. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job Or as long as there are opportunities to learn and grow within the system. I'm looking to make a long term commitment.

FAQ33. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

Say you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a troublesome situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

FAQ34. Tell me about a suggestion you have made

Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

FAQ35. How much do you expect if we offer this position to you?

Be careful and try not to answer this question with a figure. If you mention a figure that's low it shows that you are not up to the mark. If you mention too high you have ruined a chance to get a job. Before going for the interview, find out the current salary range is for the profession. Talk to people in the profession/ recruitment consultant and get an estimate. If you don't know the market value, return the question by saying that you would expect a fair salary based on the job responsibilities, your experience and skills and the market value of the job. Express your interest in the job because it fits your career goals. Be receptive to a reasonable and competitive offer don't talk. Let the employer make the first offer and then if it is not good enough, make a quote.

FAQ36. Have you had a pay cut?

A detailed explanation is needed it you agree you have had one. Be prepared for the follow up questions .A negative answer is the best.

FAQ37. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?

This could turn to be the biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well forget the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

FAQ38. What has disappointed you about a job?

Don't get negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

FAQ39. Describe your management style.

Some of the more common labels people us are progressive, salesman or consensus, these can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

FAQ40. Why should we hire you?

Sketch out some similar work which you have done in your previous job. Keep your response brief. Recap any job requirements the interviewer may have mentioned earlier in the interview, then, point by point, match your skills, abilities and qualifications to those items. Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs.

FAQ41. How do you deal with conflict or criticism? Has your work been criticized?

This question is asked by an interviewer to get an insight into your ability to communicate, your tolerance to take criticism, and the environment you have been working. Simply explain a situation that caused a problem and narrate how you faced it and overcame it.

FAQ42. "You left your previous job/want to leave your current job because?

Do not point out short comings of the company or the management. If you had any genuine problems like relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills then say it. Its best to give a progressive and positive reason for a job change.

FAQ43. "What are your interests other than work??"

Your interviewer is obviously looking for signs of skills outside of your professional experience. For example, hobbies such as chess or bridge demonstrate analytical skills. Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual sports show determination and stamina, while group sport activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a team. He/she may also be curious as to ascertain whether you have a life outside of work. The common observation is that those with a creative or athletic outlet for stress tend to be more pleasant and more productive.

FAQ44. Tell me about a situation that upset you at work

Here the interview is trying to find out how you deal with pressure. Be diplomatic and objective with your answer. Prepare the answer so that the answer comes as a smooth reassurance

FAQ45. Do you have any questions?

This many a times is the concluding question. It is important to ask questions as this will illustrate your enthusiasm and desire to join their company. Always have a few questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Be casual and clear all the doubts you have.

Try to relax and remember to be yourself this way you'd be able to tackle and answer most of the questions with natural confidence and ease.

Wishing you luck in securing your dream job.