6 Most common and frequently asked interview question and sample answers

Be it your 1st interview or the 5th, there are a few set of questions the Recruiter tends to repeat. So let us guide you through some of them to give you an idea and make your interview less stressful.

 Tell us something about yourself ?

This is an opportunity for you to showcase your communications skills. The interview wants to know you beyond your CV. They want to know who you are as a person. They are also looking at how confident you are in presenting yourself. So keep your introduction brief and also interesting. 

You can say like –  My name is Anu and I am a hardworking management graduate from XYZ university with an overall CGPA of 9. I have also done Digital marketing courses from Coursera. Because my father was in the army, I had the privilege of growing up in more than 4 to 5 cities across India. In my free time, I like to indulge in sports, particularly football and tennis.

It is just a sample introduction for your reference. Frame your introduction such a way that your 2 min introduction create a very good first impression 

What are your strengths ?

Here the interviewer is asking this to know if you are aware of your strengths. So, when you are talking about your strengths, you must be confident but you should also make sure that you are not overconfident. Talk about a couple of your strengths and also give examples from your life where these strengths have been reflected.      

For example – you can say I have good leadership skills. In college, I was the captain of the basketball team and not only that in my final year I led my college to victory in one of the most prestigious inter-college fests.

What are your weaknesses ?

It’s important to stay positive throughout the interview. So choose the right words and be prepared. Talk about the things you are not good at but also mention the steps you have taken to overcome them. 

For example – You may struggle with time management. So you can say that I have difficulties managing my time. I either work too much which hampers my personal life or I get too lazy which is a hurdle to my professional life. But during my last internship, I tried to maintain a work-life balance and followed a proper routine.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

The employer wants to know how serious you are about your career and if you are willing to stick with them for a long time, i.e being loyal.

Don’t be over ambitious and say at your position or CEO..Be humble and realistic. If you don’t know just tell them you are looking for a wonderful career with them, how excited you are to work for them.

For example – you can say i will be at a position where i will be contributing immensely to the growth of the company , polishing my skills along the way and be at a managerial role overseeing the product development with a good team.

Why should we hire you?

Here the employer wants to know how confident you are , how you perceive your own skills and abilities.

You should talk about your skills and abilities but not in a way that it becomes like Bragging. Also don’t be too humble , where you don’t speak out anything. Do read the Job description carefully to find what the employer is looking for.

For example – you can say ” From your job description i noticed that you are looking for a computer science graduate with an understanding about full stack development. In my main college project i got an opportunity to work as a full stack developer. I used to work on freelance projects during my holidays. I worked on the technology that you mentioned and i also check most of the boxes mentioned in the job description and so with my qualifications and experience i have, i’m a perfect fit for the job “

Why do you want to work with us?

This a question where you have to do some research about the company or the organisation your are interviewing for. You have to know about the company’s work culture , their organisational structure ,their growth and future prospects. So check out their Media coverage’s, Social media post’s , Ask people who are already working there, Online review’s etc.

For example – you can say ” The company is very reputed and my friend who has been working here told me that the work culture here is amazing and also rewarding. The latest project of yours really intrigues me and i would like to be a part of more such projects in the future. “

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