With more and more people applying for one position, the competition in the job market is increasing with each passing day. Hence the need for getting the job becomes all the way more prominent for each of the candidates. However, if we look at it from an outsider's perspective, we will see that there are only a few common questions that are asked in a myriad of ways in order to test you and gain more insight about your perspective on life. By knowing how to answer these questions you are in fact securing your way to an illustrious career ahead.
Now the type of questions that will be asked in your job interview depends on the job you are applying for. The position that you are aiming for and the geographical location that you are based in also have a role to play. Despite all this, there are some common questions that all of us have gone through or will go through at some point or the other. Here is a list of top ten interview questions. Prospective answers to the same have also been discussed. So if you are someone looking for a job or aim to do so in the near future, this article is something that you must not miss out on.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
This is usually the first question that is asked in a job interview. In this question what the interviewer seeks to know is your professional persona. Hence make sure while answering this, you go at length about the same and explain your distinctive qualities that make you stand out in a crowd. If you can link these qualities with how they help you to fit in the said company, you will earn yourself brownie points. One point to be noted here is the fact that this question is not asking for the story of your life. Your prospective employers are not interested in your personal life. Hence make sure you do not bring that up.
2. Why Should We Hire You?
This question actually asks you why you are the best fit for the job you are applying for. Here you must talk about your achievements and accomplishments. However, make sure that you bring out only the relevant details. A national level gymnastic certificate is of no use to a candidate applying for the position of a software engineer. Hence make sure you choose how to answer this question very wisely.
3. What Do You Do In Your Current Position?
This question is mainly asked to put you at ease. It is a very important question since it is very easy to judge how dedicated a person will be at work from the way he talks about his work. Make sure you give a brief description of the responsibilities that you are handling at the moment. Focusing on the tangible results will give you an upper edge over all other candidates. Make sure you do not end up ranting a set of typical responsibilities that are common to anyone in your position.
4. Why Did You Quit Your Previous Job?
While answering this type of questions makes sure that you do not mention how or why you disliked your previous job. In case you were not in the best of terms with your boss make sure you do not mention that as well. Instead opt for a more positive and proactive way in telling a real reason about why you left the job. Saying that you liked you liked your previous job but had to leave it for some reason or the other is a good idea.
5. Tell Us Your Greatest Strength
While answering this do not go about ranting any random quality of yours. Try to mention a skill that you can demonstrate. Do not mention a modest soft skill. Rather, try to go for something that you feel very strongly about. Trust me, when you speak about something that you feel about very strongly, it reflects in your eyes and there is no way in which your prospective employer will miss that.
6. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
This is one of the most difficult questions that you will have to go through. Considering how common this question is, a chance that you will be able to evade the same altogether is very bleak. Hence the best thing that you can do is to choose a weakness or skill that is not required. Do not try to disguise strength as a weakness. The people hiring you are not fools and it will not take them more than a moment to realize the same. Hence be honest with this question. By trying to explain how you are taking measures to fix your weaknesses you will gain an edge.
7. Why Do You Want This Job?
This is one question that throws the ball in your court. If you are well prepared, you can get the job by the very way in which you answer this question. Hence it is important that you do proper research for this question. If you can discuss at length about why you like this particular company, chances are that you will be able to impress your prospective employers. Do not make the mistake of saying that you want the job because the position is open or because you need a job to sustain yourself and your family. This will only show your desperation and that is something your prospective employers will not want. Rather try to talk about what you like about that particular job role in details.
8. Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years From Now?
This is a very important question and the purpose of this is to get a confirmation of commitment from you. Hence you can go about explaining your desire for a career with opportunities for professional growth and development. While answering this make sure you throw light on the long term implications of your professional goals. Do not admit to having plans to seek opportunities to work in other places in the near future.
9. What Is Your Management Style?
This is one of the toughest and most common questions that is asked to anyone who us applying for a job in the management position. Make sure that you do not explain a classical management style that you must have read about in B-school. Answering this question with a personal touch will earn you bonus points. But try to make sure that your management style is not one that forces subordinates to submit themselves to you or anyone else in a managerial position.
10. Do You Have Any Questions For Us?
This is one of the simplest interview questions and usually symbolizes the end of the interview. Do not answer this question in the negative. Instead go on with asking a few well prepared questions about things that were not covered in the course of the interview. You can ask about the type of training that you will have to go through before taking up the position. You can also ask about the next step in the interview process or the work culture of the company. If you have handled this question well, you can leave the interview room on a positive note. After all, ‘all's well that ends well'.