7 Most common but important questions asked in job interview

Although it is almost impossible to predict what questions you will be asked in an interview, there are certain ones which are particularly common and come on regular basis. The simple looking can actually prove to be very tricky sometimes. They need to be answered carefully. Following are some of the questions:-

1 Question-Tell us about yourself.

Answer-Start with your present situation and explain why you are well qualified for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviews is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for.


2 Question-What are your greatest strengths?

Answer-Prior to any interview, you should have a mentally prepared list of your greatest strengths. You should have some examples ready, which illustrate a time in the past when you have demonstrated these strengths.

3 Question-What are your greatest weaknesses.

Answer-Even though the interviewer has asked for weaknesses, any admission of personal shortcomings may make you incompetent. Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. Then quickly review your strongest qualifications.

4 Question – Why are you leaving the previous job?

Never bad mouth your previous employer, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers. Don’t be secretive and state honestly what you would be hoping to gain from moving to new company.

5 Question-Why should we hire you?

Answer-Whether your interviewer asks you this question explicitly or not, it is the most important question of your interview. No matter what questions they are asking you verbally throughout the interview,the one 

question that keeps through their mind is this-“why should we hire him/her?”. If you have not convinced them that the answer is positive one by the end of interview then you will not get the job. So help them towards a positive answer!

6. Question-Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

Answer-Assure your interviewer that you are looking forward for making long term commitment. Tell them that this position is exactly what you are looking for and that you have the appropriate skills to carry it out effectively.

7. Question-Why do you want to work for this company?

Answer- The best sources for researching your targeting company are annual reports, the corporate newsletter, contacts you know at the company or advertisements and articles about the company.Equally useful is the company’s website and articles elsewhere on the internet about them.

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