When it comes to an Interview I’m sure you panic at times and the moment you are in the interview you tend to go nervous, isn’t it? At times you are speechless and this typically happens to everyone as a fresher, hence you do not have to worry too much, instead look at best possible questions and answers with your own research and try to practice them naturally.
Fresher’s outlook towards managing interview questions and cracking them at ease is critical to begin the career. I’m sure you are at the age between 21-25 and might be wondering how to overcome this requirement. Please understand that the more natural you sound the more chances of winning the Interviewer.
Below are few best questions and answers that I have tried to outline with my own experience which would help you give an idea to overcome challenges and sail through with good confidence.
Say something about yourself which is not in the resume (here interviewer is trying to test your ability to hear something different)
Answer:- You can talk about your key achievements, special recognition in college or any outstanding performance. Please ensure the outcome always support your interview session and stay positive.
You could have done higher studies. Why are you looking for a job? (here interviewer is trying to test your reaction) there is no right/wrong answer, instead be confident in what you say
Answer:- Project your readiness to take up the currently available job matching your education/experience and highlight your future plans of taking up higher studies. Likewise you are just trying to balance the situation.
When you have many companies in the market, why are you interested in working for our company? (here interviewer is trying to test if any research done on current company, understanding the company values, awards, ranking, about the company's information is important prior to attending any interview) This shows the level of interest and how keen you are in joining them
Answer:- You can say, "I would love to work here, since it is one of my dream companies. The culture and brand really attracts me to join your family (keep it short)
How do you think your college has prepared you to take up jobs in the market? (here interviewer is interested to know the different basic skills that you would have learnt/gained from education that will make you an ideal candidate for the given position)
Answer:- You can say a) "At college I had to meet daily deadlines, set goals for myself in a variety of subjects and activities and accomplish them. b) "One of the most useful skills I gained from my college experience was learning how to plan, execute and complete assigned projects within the time period given".
Where do you see yourself in five years' time? (here interviewer is trying to see if you have really thought about your future, and gauge your ambition)
Answer:- "Do not try to comment on the designations" instead focus more on the role perspective. Say that I would like to be a master in a given portfolio or a subject matter expert being accountable and responsible for a given business. This sounds more natural and interesting for the listener.
What is your greatest Strength? (this is the best time to shine, just remember the interviewer is looking for work related strengths. Mention something realistic which is really important.
Answer:- Eager to learn, taking initiatives , being self-motivated etc. Just keep in mind to be prepared with some simple examples for these strengths if asked.
What is your greatest Weakness? (one of the most popular questions. Please remember- interviewer is looking for your honesty) handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from your personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits
Answer:- Communication-I'm always working on my communication skills to be a effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful.
What do you know about us? (here interviewer is trying to understand your interest and effort being invested in knowing more about the company prior to the discussion) use below tips;
Answer:- Visit the company website, look in the "about us" and "careers" section and get some latest updates. At the most you should be able to articulate a) What type of product or service the company sells, b) How long the company has been in business c) What likely is the culture of the company
If your college friends or teachers were here, what would they say about you? (here the interviewer is trying to hunt for some decent qualities in you)
Answer:- Stay positive, They'd say I'm a hard worker and reliable person.
What does "SUCCESS" mean according to you? (generally in such situation interviewers see how well you would articulate your message being futuristic and align them with your goals and objectives) remember there is no right/wrong answer
Answer:- "Success means happiness from work", "Being outstanding", "Something that drives me to work every day", "Being different from others"
How would you divide 24 hours as of now, please explain in brief. (here interviewer is eager to know your daily calendar and try to understand your time management awareness)
Answer:- Since you are a fresher you wouldn't have too many things to cover on work related. However, you can highlight on how you really manage your day with few important tasks. Example - I wake up by 7am and spend about 30 minutes on cycling etc. Then I go to college from 9am to 5pm. As soon as I return I spend some time with my family and do some research on job requirements and hit bed by 10pm. OR you can say I go to computer classes by 6am and come back by 10am. Post then I work part time in ABC computer academy and return home by 6pm. and so on...
How will you achieve your Goals? (here interviewer is trying to understand how well you are able to comprehend to the given situation, choose the right words which plays a key role during this answer. He is also interested to know your plans)
Answer:-I have an intention to acquire additional skills by taking part in relevant classes to the job. I see myself that your company is going to offer in-house training for employees and I would prefer to attend related classes to enhance my skills.
Taking participation in conferences, seminars, meetings and upholding my education will be effective ways to continue my professional development.
How long do you think you can stay with us if selected? (let's keep it simple, here interviewer is looking at your confidence levels. Neither you can predict future nor the employer isn't it?)
Answer:- Precise response can be - As long as employer is happy with me, I'm happy. Please be assertive when you make this statement.
Can you sign an agreement/bond with us? This will be for a year (please note- here interviewer is looking forward for your decision making skills. Never depend on anyone or your Parents as you are the best and the right person to decide.
Answer:- Politely ask for any doubts and show your willingness to sign an agreement. There is no harm; anyways you are definitely looking for a long-term career
Do you have any question for us? (this will be a common question by tradition in all the Organizations) do not ask anything on financials, instead pause for a while and proceed only if you wish as your answer is not a mandate)
Answer:- If you would like to ask- then say "If I'm selected how soon can I join" (this shows your interest, energy and motivation) If you do not wish then just say - "No I'm clear"