7 Most Frequently-Asked Interview Questions, Answered

Suruchi Patwary , 09 Sep 2019
Interview By djile | www.shutterstock.com
Interview By djile | www.shutterstock.com

A lot of things come under prepping up for an interview to ace it like a boss! Apart from giving the right answers, you also need to work on your communication skills, confidence, and basic mannerisms. If you’re sorted with the latter, but need help with the commonly-asked questions and how to frame the answers to them, then keep reading.

1. Tell Us Something About Yourself.

Don’t talk about what’s already in your resume. Your interviewer wants you to tell them why you’re the right fit for the job, subtly, through this question. So when you’re answering this question, you need to be a little tactical about it. Don’t go on about random things like a headless chicken. Find a structure where you can talk about personal interests, hobbies or even fun facts about your personality that will make the conversation interesting, and also talk about how you are as a professional.

2. What’s Your Biggest Weakness?

Just like the ‘What are your strengths?’ question, this one is also always asked. The key here is to address only those weaknesses that can also seem like strength in disguise. Also, it is always a good idea to add on to your weaknesses by talking about how you overcame them, and what measures you took to deal with it.

3. What’s Your Biggest Strength?

While answering this question, tailor your response in such a way that it speaks about your professional skills subtly. You might have a lot of strengths but choose to emphasise more on those that will also relate to your job requirements. Also, choose the one that really sets you apart from the rest of the candidates.

4. Why Did You Leave (Or Plan To Leave) Your Current Job?

They indirectly want to know why you chose to apply to their company. Keep it factual and straightforward, addressing the professional issues you’ve faced in the previous company.

5. Why Should We Hire You?

This is your chance to shine. Be confident about your response because the interviewer is giving you the opportunity to explain why you think you are the right fit for the job. Mention the strong points that you didn’t get a chance to discuss during the interview. Keep it focused on what you have to offer them and why you are the best choice.

6. What Are Your Salary Expectations?

This one’s tricky. If you quote something way higher than their expectations then you could be swiped off the competition. But if you quote way lower then it could be a disadvantage for you in the longer run. What you can do is not give a direct quote of what you’re expecting. Talk about what all responsibilities you have and all the major expenses you handle by yourself, without really revealing the amount of either. It could be rent, it could be medical bills. You could also ask them to send you an offer first and then you could negotiate over it.

7. What Are Your Future Goals?

It is better to have an idea about what you’ll be including in your answer to this question. Because secretly, the interviewer is trying to understand if you’ll stick around for long with them or hop off as soon as you find a better deal somewhere. Answer in a way that it includes the said company too in some way, but don’t make it too obvious because that starts sounding fake.

We’ve also written about things you should avoid during an interview, so make sure you check that out too while prepping up! Let us know in the comments below if you too have any tips and tricks on how to ace an interview.

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