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Interview Questions

Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself:
Firstly I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Basically I am from Nagarjuna sagar.
I have completed my schooling at my home town, now I am studying B-Tech final year.
Recently got an certificate for my project on hydraulic particulars of a canal.
My strengths are positive attitude, leadership quality.
My weakness is I can't resist myself from taking fast foods.
My short term goal is to get an good job in a good company.
My long term goal is to fulfill my parents desires.
My hobbies are listening to music, net surfing, playing chess.
Thats all myself.
Thank you.
2. Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major
problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers
or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep
smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an
opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking
3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for.
If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
4. Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good
explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are
on track to achieve the others.
5. What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific
statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith
Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It
is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.
6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization
before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are
going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?
7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide
variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement.
Have some good ones handy to mention.
8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus
on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is
a distraction.
9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
Sir as you know I am fresher, I want good start of my career and I feel your organization is good opportunity for me. I have knowledge and skill which need to be enhance but knowledge and skills have no use until or unless I am able to apply somewhere real-time. I studied about your organization, it is the one of the best organization to start fresher career which improves employees knowledge and skills and make friendly environment between employees.
10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This
can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not
relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought
11. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if
you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like,
That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position?
In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,
say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide
12. Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready.
Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather
than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag,
just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.
13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like
it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.
14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you
like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the
right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the
individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the
organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in
15. What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here.
Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the
type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a
benefit to the organization.
16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type
of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.
17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying
negative things about the people or organization involved.
18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to
highlight your best points as they relate to the position being
discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
19. Why should we hire you?
Sir as you know, I am fresher which comes once in life of jobholder. I have no experience so I want platform where I can enhance my skills and knowledge which also helps organization growth. I know your organization is wonderful opportunity for me to improve. Your organization helps me to achieve my goals. You should hire me because I am good learner and I gradually increase my potential on whatever I work as you can see my qualification I am not saying that I am the best but I am good enough that I do my work perfectly which are given to me and mistakes are basic entity if done mistake then you are here as backup for all of us. Thank You.
20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted
and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work
applied for is a real plus.
21. What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with
anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get
along with folks is great.
22. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples:
Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability
to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your
professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
23. Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you
are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another
job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with
this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something
like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
can’t wait to get to work.
24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.
25. What are you looking for in a job?
See answer # 23
26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization,
violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will
label you as a whiner.
27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is
no better answer.
28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise,
Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver
29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of
your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former
boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and
develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.
30. What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did
not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.
31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an
example that relates to the type of position applied for.
32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want
another job more than this one.
33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are:
Challenge, Achievement, Recognition
34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
This is up to you. Be totally honest.
35. How would you know you were successful on this job?
Several ways are good measures:
You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a
success.Your boss tell you that you are successful
36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if
you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get
the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems
later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself
future grief.
37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.
38. Describe your management style.
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive,
salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions
depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational
style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the
situation, instead of one size fits all.
39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make
it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An
example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and
thus throwing coordination off.
40. Do you have any blind spots?
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind
spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do
their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.
41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.
42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well
qualified for the position.
43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about,
bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working
quick learner.
44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of
humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All
bosses think they have these traits.
45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute betweenothers.
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique
and not the dispute you settled.
46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.
47. Describe your work ethic.
Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to
get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.
48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show
acceptance and no negative feelings.
49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.
50. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are
Ans.To keep my parents at a royal level and make them to feel a best son they had………..
Ans. Hard working nature and positive attitude and talkativeness.
53.What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Ans. My strengths are I am a positive kind person, multi-tasker, punctual, innovative, good communication skills,adjustable.
My weaknesses are I some time trust people very easily, emotional.
Some time I trust people too easily.
I am straightforward person.
I am very emotional person.
I never comfortable feel until finish my work.

54.What is the difference between confidence and over confidence?

Ans. Confidences : I can able run fastly.
Over Confidences : I can able run fastly compare to vehicle (Bus, Car, Train). Childhood story of tortoise and rabbit race is an example.
Tortoise was confident that he could win.
Rabbit was over-confident that he can't lose even he would take a nap.
55.What is the difference between hard work and smart work?
Hard work : doing things in others style.
Smart work : doing things in own style.

56.How do you feel about working nights and weekends?

Ans. Sir, According to my point of view, I will work at nights and weekends when there is a requirement of my presence but I also want to spend time with my family and I think working at night also affects health if a person has never been worked at night.
                   Working at weekends and night is difficult as i want to spend my quality time with family members and friends which makes me more energetic. But if company wants my presence, i will be there to do my work.
                   Definitely sir, I am the fresher In my college life I never consider about time so this is my responsibility so I am always ready to work at any time for my company.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is
no better answer.

2) What do you seek from a job?
I would like a job which gives me a chance to apply all that I have learned in college as well as one which enables me to grow as a professional. I would like a role which enables me to make a difference.
Great learning opportunities, challenging roles, rational career progression, good job satisfaction and opportunities to use my strength organization that gives me the opportunity to serve the organization and the society.
3) How would you present your strengths ?
Always remember “Do not simply state your strengths. you do have some strengths and try to convert your strengths into benefits. in short try to advertise yourself by converting your features into strengths.”

You can answer in two ways : -
a) I am a hard worker and because of this ability I can work for additional hours to accomplish my tasks.
I am commitment oriented and hence I always enjoy the trust and confidence of my team mates which enables me to perform my duties very easily.
I am adaptable, so I can handle any type of people and situations and also bring out the best from them in spite of conflicting situations or opinions.
I am a quick learner, so I can any subject quickly and analyze my job and add value to it as well as I can identify the problem and solve them faster and better.
b) My strength is that I have very strong values and ethics and a very good eye for detail. I believe in strong relationships and have a very supportive family and very good friends.
4) Do you have any weakness?
Always remember – “Try to specify your weakness as your strength and also highlight it as a benefit.”
There’s a saying –
“However small the thorn maybe it has the ability to pierce.”

So never highlight your weakness unless specifically asked.
Answer: One of my weaknesses as I perceive it would be occasional compromise on time for quality and perfection.

5) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself as a _______ in your esteemed organization where by with all my enhanced learning and skill, I shall be able to make up a valuable and meaningful contribution to your organization.
6) Tell us an incident where you had a problem with your team-mate. How did you handle it?
Once I had a problem with my team-mate in college who was my partner in my field work assignment. We had a disagreement on how to present our project report.
I explained my point of view to her and asked her for her view point. I’ve found that when conflict occurs, it’s because of a failure to see both sides of the situation. At that point we found a compromise could be reached by incorporating both our ideas.
7) Is there anything else that we should know about you that would impact our decision?
I am a continuous learner and try to keep myself abreast of all developments in the field of IT. Also since I do not quit in the face of toughest challenges, I am certain that I would be able to achieve the targets that I set for myself and beyond.
8) How do you deal with criticism?
“You can’t please everyone, so just please yourself. You are your best critic. Some people are just not going to like you. Accept it.”
9) Did you have any failures in your life?
I failed to score a good percentage in my intermediate. I worked hard for it but scored less than what I expected.
10) What have you learnt from your failures?
From my failures I have learnt to analyze myself and find out my shortcomings. Those shortcomings are the areas of future improvement for me and I have undertaken seriously to improve myself on those relevant areas. One more thing I learned is never to give up, never to feel rejected.
“Accepting a failure is a man’s great trait.”

11) If after sometime you start disliking the job? What would you do?
Well, if such situation then my first priority would be to look within myself and try to find out any shortcomings or lack of skills and techniques. If such things happen then I would try to improve and rectify myself. Still if I don’t get an answer then I will speak to my seniors and colleagues to learn my mistakes so that I become more user friendly to my organization.
12) What are your salary expectations?
“Never bargain for your 1st job. It’s a cardinal rule.”
Sir, before answering to your question I would like to ask you with your kind permission what salary you provide to new entrants in your organization at this level.
13) Can you give three reasons why would you like to join our company?
Three reasons why I would like to join your company are:
a) Since your company provides a strong core competency, very strong value systems and best practices so I believe I have a strong vision of viewing me as a project leader in your company.
b) Your company has one of the fastest growth rates and turnover in the industry and that would mean a faster growth rate for me as a professional.
c) The practices of your company are more employee and customer oriented.
14) Do you have any questions to ask us?
Never ask Salary, perks, leave, place of posting, etc. regarded questions.
Try to ask more about the company to show how early you can make a contribution to your organization like
“Sir, with your kind permission I would like to know more about induction and developmental programs?”
Sir, I would like to have my feedback, so that I can analyze and improve my strengths and rectify my shortcomings.
15) How do you think our company determines success in an employee?
Well, I think your company measures success in an employee in three parameters –
a) Competence i.e how well one is able to perform his job with the least possible supervision.
b) Co-operation or Interpersonal skills i.e how well the employees adapt or adjust themselves with a wide variety of situations.
c) Integrity of characters – well a man with the above mentioned factors but lacks character is incomplete and unsuccessful.
16) Why from ECE to IT domain?
Sir, since I am a student of ECE, as u know that ECE/CSE/IT are sister branches and all are interrelated and secondly I think it will be of my best if I utilize my sharp analytical skills in a software industry so I basically do not have any problem to “SWITCH” from ECE to IT. And I believe flexibility must be there within us to progress in life.
17) If you were an animal/ a can of soup/ some other random object which one would you prefer and why?
I would be a can of soup – one that has a variety of flavors, bubbling with enthusiasm. I would associate my determined attitude with the can’s tough exterior. I would believe that whatever the label on the can, the content are always a surprise.
I would like to be the mind of the CEO – I would then know exactly how complex issues are so thoughtfully analyzed, how prioritizing happens and how accurate decisions which affect numerous stakeholders are made. I would know how almost intuitively, they know what the next big things are and their risk taking abilities.
18) Suppose I tell you I don’t like your face, then why should I select you?
Even if you do not like my face, you definitely would agree that I have other qualities that appealed you, for which you are now interviewing me. There’s a saying –
“A man’s face is not indicative of his abilities.”
“A book is not judged by its cover but it is judged by its contents.”

19) Suppose you find yourself in a deserted island. What three things you will need to survive?
Food, Water and Hope (that one day I will definitely come out from this island).
20) How mobile are you?
I am absolutely mobile. Well I can go to any part of the country or even abroad if situation permits.
21) How do you think you conducted or performed during this interview?
I think I have conducted myself in the best possible manner by satisfying your queries through my specific answers which I feel were logical, systematic and to the point. Through my answer my true worth as a dynamic and competent professional has come out fair and square and I am happy with my performance which would ensure my selection in this esteemed organization.
22) Can you work under pressure? If yes, how please explain?
Sir, I can handle pressure of work. Let me explain how. Whenever there is pressure of work, we need to tackle it from the mental and physical stand-point. Mental stand-point would mean being in a state of relaxation and composure so that I do not feel stressed out during the course of my work and from physical stand-point; I always prioritize my job in their exact order of merit and importance so that I can dispose them off quickly and effectively. 

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