15 Questions You Are Most Likely To Be Asked In An Interview And How You Can Answer Them:

The job interview is considered to be the most decisive aspect of every mission that brings you face-to- face with the future boss. One must prepare for it with the same tenacity and quickness as one does for a fencing tournament or a chess match. The job interview gives the potential employee and potential employer a chance to learn more about each other and gives the prospect a chance to prove oneself.
The following are a list of top 15 questions that are asked in an interview and pointers that should be kept in mind while answering such questions.
1. Tell me about yourself.
Since this is often the opening question in an interview, one must be extra careful that the answers are concise and to the point. One does not want to end up as boasting and going on and on about oneself.
Four topics that should essentially be covered: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience.
2. What do you know about our organization?
The prospect should be able to discuss products or services, revenues, reputation, image, goals, problems, management style, people, history and philosophy. Let the answer show that one has taken the time to do some research, but one must not overwhelm the interviewer.
3. Why do you want to work for us?
The deadliest answer one can give is “Because I like people.”
Here, and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done one’s homework so that one can speak in terms of the company’s needs. One can discuss things that the company is doing that one finds interesting and appealing. Also, one should think about the primary reason that they went to the company for an interview in the first place. The answer would be honest and personal, and would enthrall the interviewer.
4. What can you do for us that someone else can’t? Or why should we hire you?
Here you have every right, and perhaps an obligation, to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical. One should talk about their record of getting things done, and mention specifics from their resume or list of career accomplishments.
5. What do you look for in a job?
One should tailor their answer to match the opportunities present at the organization at hand. One should discuss their desire to perform and be recognized for their contributions.
6. How long do you plan to stay with us?
To say, forever and forever would be a mistake. One should state that they are interested in a career with the organization, but admit that that they would have to continue to feel challenged to remain with any organization. Think in terms of, “As long as we both feel achievement-oriented.” Or “mutually growing and benefited”.
7. Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What would be your opinion?
Emphasize one’s interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization, and say that you assume that if you perform well in his job, new opportunities will open up for you. Mention that a strong company needs a strong staff. Observe that experienced executives are always at a premium. Suggest that since you are so well qualified, the employer will get a fast return on his investment. Say that a growing, energetic company can never have too much talent.
8. Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top managerial potential?
One should keep their answer accomplishment oriented. Examples from one’s career along with the experience should be stressed upon.
9. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?
One should be brief, to the point, and as honest as one can without hurting oneself. Subtly indicate whether the move was your own decision, or you were cut off. Honesty goes a very long way. One’s references may easily be checked so one should stay away from concocting cock and bull stories.
10. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? What did you dislike about it?
At this stage, one should be vigilant, positive and sincere. Describe more features that you liked than disliked.
11. What do you think of your boss?
One should be as positive as one can. A potential boss is likely to wonder if you might talk about him in similar terms at some point in the future.
12. Why aren’t you earning more at your age?
It is easy to get probed or defensive at this question. Try not to get shifty or uncomfortable and state that it was why one was looking out for a good job that would compliment his/her self.
13. What do you feel this position should pay?
Salary is a delicate topic. One must not undermine one’s own value, but continue to stress the fact that the job itself is the most important thing in one’s mind. Whenever possible, one must say as little as one can about salary until the “final” stage of the interview process is reached. At that point, one is certain that the company is genuinely interested in you and that it is likely to be flexible in salary negotiations.
14. What are your long-range goals?
One must relate the goals and vision of the company to one’s own personal goals. This helps the interviewer understand and appreciate that you are genuinely interested in the job and have the company’s best interests at heart.
15. How successful do you think you have been so far?
One must present an optimistic, realistic and confident picture of oneself. Given the normal ups and downs of life, you feel that you’ve done quite well and have no complaints.

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