General interview questions

1)Tell me about yourself!

This is the most famous question for an interviewer and also most difficult to answer this question for the candidate. This question puts all the pressure on the candidate, and the interviewer so relax.

You should be alert enough to answer this question. You should start with an easy and confident tone and answer in a proper manner. It should not be scripted. Always remember, you are not giving the interview to a robot so your articulation, that is the way you pronounce each word should be clear and confident.

A decent way to answer is to, Analyze your interviewer’s interests and Express your most important accomplishments first.

2)Why should I hire you?

The interviewer’s job is to hire the best person for the position.

Make his job easier by convincing him that You can do the work and deliver exceptional results and that You will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team.

3)What do you know about the company?

one should always learn about the company that you are applying for, it shows that you are interested and it also helps you present your skill sets in a manner that the company would like to see. you should know what they do, who their competitors are and how you can work for them.

4)What are your strengths and weaknesses? This is not your cue to brag!! they don’t need to know if you can heavy lift or sing, by your strength, they want to know if you have a quality that they can harness, like leadership, or organizing skill etc.

Don’t criticize yourself too much, it only shows that you are weak. you have to present your weakness in a way that it looks like your strengths.

4)Why do you want to work at our company?

It may seem like a stupid question, but it is not.

Actually, the “Why do you want to work here?” question is important to hiring managers for a number of reasons. It’s not about inflating their egos, either. Hiring managers may ask this question to help figure out how you would fit in with the culture at their company, or to understand your motivations in applying for the job and whether you’re likely to stay in the role for a while.

5)What is the difference between confidence and overconfidence?

These words are very familiar to us but still, most of us dont know the meaning.

Confidence is the good trait to have where a person is sure about his course of action or activity and it comes from past success and right decisions.

Overconfidence is an excessive belief in their own abilities ignoring the fact that their decision can be wrong too.

now you need to understand what each term means before you start explaining what is good and what is not.

6)What is the difference between hard work and smart work?

I think to answer this question, in today’s world, one has to redefine the terms ‘smart work’ and ‘hard work’. Most of us think of hard work to be a ‘physical activity’ and smart work to be a kind of ‘mental ability’. Although this was true before the age of the Internet, it no longer holds true. Excellence is all about doing the smart work day in and day out. This in itself can be considered as hard work.

7)How do you feel about working nights and weekends? Some businesses require employees to work around the clock, so it is not unusual to be asked this question.

This question is a good way to see who would actually be dedicated to the job. Some people may have no problems whatsoever committing to a varying work schedule. However, you also do not want to lie if working nights and weekends would be a problem. Ultimately, you should answer this question in a way that shows you would be dedicated to the position regardless of what your schedule would be like.

8)What motivates you to do a good job?

“If you are unwilling to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

One of the key aspects of hiring potential candidates is the kind of motivation that one brings to the table. HR would be keen to know what really drives you as an individual.

Your answer could be family or success or something that has a long term ethical value.

9)What makes you angry? This question is to check how one would react under pressure and how he would handle the situation. A possible answer is “Basically, anger destroys man’s everything but for me, anger motivates and provoke me for achieving goals. If someone’ demotivates me for every time and if the person presses me down the higher the leap I take.”

10)Give me an example of your creativity A lot of employers value creativity in the workplace. Companies gain a competitive edge through being innovative and forward-thinking in their approach to business. You should prep yourself prior to an interview with an example or two of how you’ve been creative in a work situation, for it’s quite possible you’ll be asked a question like this.

Refrain from directly comparing your example of creativity to those of current or former co-workers. When you do this, it can come off poorly, for it can appear as if you’re trying to make yourself look better at the expense of others.

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