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Freshers tend to express a common concern and have the notion about Interviews being scary, even if they know the answer to something they are fretting anyways. This dilemma of being stuck on what to answer for which question just makes them uptight and they end up stuttering or fumbling. This situation makes them lose confidence in themselves and they seldom give up on things that might have been for them.  

 

Trust me an interview is not that onerous, it is just a matter of basic preparation so you don’t have to worry much 

 

Preparing for and facing interviews is quite simple if you do it right and there isn’t much learning that goes behind it. You just have to be thorough with the mainstream questions and possibilities.  

Let’s just cut to the chase and understand what are the basic interview questions and answers you should know while facing interviews.  

 

Here are the 10 most asked interview questions 

 

  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are your weaknesses?  
  • Why are you interested in working for [this and that company]?  
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?  
  • Why do you want to leave your current company? 
  • Why was there a gap in your employment between [date] and [date]? 
  • What can you offer us that someone else cannot? 
  • What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?  
  • Tell us about an accomplishment you are most proud of. 
  • Tell us about a time you made a mistake.  

Now, many people fret when it comes to giving interviews because there is no absolute way to gauge or predict what questions would be asked.  

A poll conducted by monsterindia.com recently across India, the Gulf and the South East Asia reveals its the fear of being interviewed that tops the list of reasons making employees scared to change jobs.  

According to monsterindia.com hiring experts have claimed these 10 basic interview questions and answers are most likely to come handythese primary and significant interview questions are the most asked.  

Given below are the most commonly asked interview questions and answers for freshers and here we have the answers for you to refer. 

 

Q1: What are your strengths? 

Their main aim to ask such questions is to know how well you understand yourself. With this question, the interviewer assesses whether you have the right qualities for the job or not. This a basic interview question and answer procedure, which especially involves this question. This is a basic interview question and answer asked everywhere.   

Your strategy: This is the best chance to sell yourself. You can pick three or four strengths you possess that are relevant to that particular job and elucidate with examples wherever necessary. 

Example answer:For a marketing job if you are interviewing then I suggest you should say something like, “Persuasion is one of my strengthsBeing a keen observer of people help me to quickly discern personalities. Those insights I gathered from from people have helped me understand them and covert them to my point of view. 

 

Q2: What are your weaknesses? 

Basically interviewers want to assess your flaws that might hinder your work flow and your overall output. They assess your character with this question, and also they check how you deal with your weaknesses.It totally depends on the job so choose accordingly. 

Your strategy: You should be careful while answering this question and not pick any significant weaknesses that are more focused on fundamental flaws in your personality for an answer. You should only choose those that are significant enough that doesn’t end up damaging your reputation 

Now most importantly state your weaknesses and thoroughly explain how you are working to address them and solve them. Else you should choose a weakness which is not that relevant to the job you are seeking and interviewing for. 

Example answer:If you plan to interview for the post of an accountant, then it is okay for you to say that your language skills aren’t very good. Although they aren’t going to hamper the discharge of your daily duties in anpertinent manner, also add that you are working on it and will address this weakness because you realised that good language skills are necessary everywhere.  

 

Q3: Why are you interested in working for [this and that company]? 

The aim of this particular interview question is to assess how serious you, the candidate are in seeking employment with a company. Also, the interviewer wants to know how familiar you are with their company’s mission, values and culture. And do you believe you will be a good fit for the organisation. Remember this while facing interviews. 

Your strategy: Whatever you say should tell the interviewer about much you respect longevity and how this job fits like a glove with your long-term career goals.
 

Example answer: You could answer, “I have wanted to work in your organization for a very long time now, so as soon as I heard about a vacancy here in your company that fits my profile, without further ado I applied for it.  

I am intrigued by the way you successfully combined commerce with a socially responsible business, and I would love to be a part of an organisation which looks at business in such a holistic manner.” 

 

Q4: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

The interviewer job is to know about your career goals and where your applied position fits into it. As hiring a new employee is costly, so the interview wants to be sure that you are indispensable and respect longevity. Your answer will depict to the interviewer how realistic you are in terms of career prospects.

Your strategy: 

It’s better to answer the question in a generic manner without giving in much detail. Paraphrase what this job will do for your career and why you are interested in working with a particular organisation. And don’t be so candid and naïve enough to say this “In your Position!” 

Example answer: You can say something like “I see myself exponentially grown in regard to expertise in my current field as well as within the company. I picture my self in the leadership role and contributing more to the growth of the organisation. And at the same time, I have also witnessed a tremendous growth in my existing skills and capabilities.   

 

Q5. Why do you want to leave your current company? 

The interviewer will certainly ask this question so be prepared for it. The answer will convey several things to him like your attitude, career goals, sense of maturity and judgement and professional values. Remember this while facing interviews. 

Your strategy:The best way to tackle this a question liken this is to say that are seeking better opportunities. If you were ever laid off, tell truthfully and explain your tough luck.  

Trust me, it is better to be honest and correctly explain your current position, rather than being caught by lying about your circumstances. 

Sample answer:You can try saying, “I have put in some years in my current organisation, performed well and rose through the ranks and levelled up in the hierarchy, but now I would like something more challenging. I believe this job here would provide me with such opportunity.” 

 

Q6: Why was there a gap in your employment between [date] and [date]? 

Your strategy:As short gaps in employment usually go unnoticed, a gap of about 2 months or more requires some explanation. I’ll suggest its wise to stick with the truth, and if you were fired you should have a good explanation that doesn’t steer away far enough from the truth and doesn’t paint you in bad light too. 

If you had to quit your previous job, you will have to explain what made you resign without finding another job. 

Whatever the case, highlight what all you have done in the interim period, for eg freelancing, volunteering or consulting. This will depict that you have been productive during the interim and worked on your skills.   

Example answer: If you left because of some conflict with your boss then say differences did not allow you two to work well together. Also don’t forget adding what you realised in hindsight to show how the incident helped you grow. Lastly, be mature with your approach and never bad mouth your boss, accept the fact hat both of you were responsible for the situation gone out of control. 

 

Q7: What can you offer us that someone else cannot? 

This is just an extension of the earlier asked question about your strengths. If you have already been asked a question about your strengths, then asking this question is basically a way to get a specific answer out of you related to this job. This question is usually asked like this “why should we hire you?” The answer will help the interviewer to contemplate your approach and compare what you can bring to the table in relation to others.  

Your strategy:First pen down your strengths and connect them to the requirements listed in the job advert. 

Example answer:You can say that “I have already mentioned my strengths, now if you were to ask me what unique proposition I have which I can bring, then I would say that it is my attention to details. It could be annoying for others, but this trait of mine has saved several situations in the past from turning into disasters. 

 

Q8: What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on? 

 This is an extension of the weakness question. By asking this questions the interviewer wants to know what others perceive about you.  

Your strategy:Try your best to recollect your performance reviews and mention what they said, also talk about the steps you took to address your weaknesses. Keeping it real is important, but you should refrain from mentioning any major flaws that could imperil your chances of making it through the interview.  

Example answer: 

“Even though I was performing well at my job and meeting all targets, amongst the few feedbacks I received I was told I m not assertive enough. My boss advised my that I would do much better if I was more assertive at my workplace.  

This is a good way to position your weaknesses in a constructive manner 

“Amongst the feedback I received, I was told that I wasn’t assertive enough. Though I was performing well at my job and meeting targets, my boss once told me that I would do even better if I was more assertive at the workplace,” is a good way to position a weakness in a constructive manner. 

 

Q9: Tell us about an accomplishment you are most proud of. 

The interviewer will get to know what drives you after you answer this question. Also your suitability for the job, professional values and how can you make yourself useful for the organisation.  

This is a very popular interview question and answer for freshers, and it is asked almost everywhere 

Your strategy:  

It is best to stick with a professional answer. Provide numbers wherever  possible because this is the language that interviewers love and tend to understand. 

Example answer:Say something like “I am extremely proud of that time when we worked on a project with ABC company. The selection was a very enervative process, but we managed to arbitrate and land the deal. The company needed services which were of the highest standards and I am glad to say that we surpassed their expectations. As a matter of fact, we had succeeded in converting them into our regular clients. As the project leader, I was tremendously proud of this achievement.” 

 

Q10: Tell us about a time you made a mistake. 

This is amongst the toughest interview questions as you are being asked to elucidate a specific instance of your failure. It is a behaviour-based question in disguise that will give the interviewer an insight about your personality and what kind of mistakes you are prone to making. It will show that how you handle failure and if you are capable of learning from it. Remember this while facing interviews 

Your strategy:Answer authentically and refrain from highlighting the ugly truth. Be certain to mention about what you have learned from the experience. 

Example answer:A good response to this would be, “While working for one of my previous colleagues, I required something from another department. Instead of telling the department head, I told a member of my team who was also my friend. I expected him to go and tell the boss about my situation but he didn’t and as a result the goods didn’t get delivered and we missed out on out target date. There was a lot of confusion over the whole episode but thankfully it was taken care of. From that day on I always make it a point to communicate directly with my department head.