For decades now it has been the practise that the deciding factor in you getting a job would be the face-to-face interview that you would have to undergo. Over the years the nature of the interview has changed.
Till a couple of decades ago one could prepare some basic generic questions and then be pretty confident that the rest of what will be asked will be based on their work experience and personal choices (things that they can easily answer). However, with competition on the rise and a greater number of candidates available for the same position, the process of interviewing a potential candidate is getting harder than ever before.
Thus, as of 2018, the most difficult part of preparing for an interview is the element of surprise that the same holds. This is where most of the candidates falter.
While it is practically impossible for anyone to predict with cent per cent accuracy the questions that will be asked, this article explores some of the common questions that interviewers are asking their potential employees this year.
Preparing on the same will give you an upper edge while facing your interviewer or an interview panel. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the most of it.
1. How Would You Fire Someone?
This is a tricky question as the interviewer is trying to gauge a lot of information from this answer. Try to be firm in your stand but before you do so make sure that you emphasise on the point that you would not arrive at such a decision lightly.
In case you are asked to give a demo, make sure that you have a neutral and professional tone and look in the eye of the person you've to fire.
Looking at a person in the eye establishes that you are confident about what you are doing and that you do not have any guilt conscience. You are most welcome to answer this question in your own style, but make sure that you do not come off as rude.
Also, under no situation should you go about ranting your personal history of firing people to your employer. This one question will help the interviewer rate you on your managerial as well as your personality skills.
2. What Is Your Idea Of A Perfect Day?
This is one question that is repeatedly being asked in job interviews of 2018. The simple point to be noted here is that your potential employer is trying to gauge how focused you are and how you handle your work-life balance.
Hence, make sure that when you prepare for this question, your ideal day has about one-third of the same dedicated to your career. You can then go about explaining the same in detail.
Another one-third should ideally be dedicated to sleep and other personal chores. Try to explain how you intend to make time for your family and friends during the other hours. How you chalk these three aspects out is something that is very personal.
However, make sure that you do not neglect any of these aspects while answering this question. You having a well-balanced lifestyle is as important to you as it is to your potential employer.
3. Is There Anything That You Would Like To Ask Me?
Quite frankly, this question has existed in interview circles for ages. It is just that this is becoming more popular than ever before in the recent days. This open-ended question has the potential to make or break your career. Make sure that you make the best out of it. Do not make the mistake of bringing up matters pertaining to salary here.
The basic aim of the interview is to convince your potential employer about how awesome you are. While trying to work your charm here do not put a price tag on yourself. Doing so will make you appear needy.
It is important for you to realise that the person who is interviewing you is not the right person to discuss your salary expectations with. In the case of most multinational companies, the financial negotiation is restricted to the HR and the technical expert who is interviewing you has little or no control over the same.
4. What Will You Do If You Lose Your Job Due To Recession?
With the current global economic scene, it is inevitable that there might be an economic slump in the near future. While all of us can keep or fingers crossed and hope that such a thing does not happen, the fact is if it does happen all we can do is deal with the same.
Thus, if such a question is asked in a job interview, be firm and address the issue. You do not have to go about discussing your personal financial planning with your potential employer. The only thing that your interviewer wants to know from this question is how prepared you are to tackle uncertainties in your path.
5. What Is The biggest Challenge You Have Faced In Your Career So Far?
Be frank while answering this question. Do not try to pretend that your career has been a breeze so far (for the simple reason that no one will believe the same). Rather try to mould the same by tailing your answer to fit the job description that you are applying for. What you answer to this question will decide how your interviewers will gauge you on your problem-solving skills.
Hence, make sure that you are very specific about why your challenges were challenges and what you learnt from each of them. By throwing appropriate anecdotes from your career so far that displays your problem-solving abilities and shows you in the positive light, you will be earning yourself some brownie points.