1. Tell me about yourself?
(This is a classic, open-ended interview question and is likely to be thrown at you in the first 5 minutes. It,s your chance to introduce your qualifications, good work habits, etc. Keep it mostly work and career related.)
2. What do you plan to be doing in five years, time? or Where do you see yourself five, ten or fifteen years from now?
(Explain your career-advancement goals that are in line with the job for which you are interviewing. Your
interviewer is likely more interested in how he, she or the company will benefit from you achieving your goals than what you,ll get from it, but it goes hand in hand to a large degree. It,s not a good idea to tell your potential new boss that you,ll be going after his or her job, but it is okay to mention that you,d like to earn a senior position.)
3. What contributions could you make to our organization that would help you to stand out from other engineering graduates / students?
4. What made you choose your department (for Engineering)?
(The interviewer is likely fishing to see if you are interested in your field of work or just doing a job to get paid. Explain why you like it. Besides your personal interests, include some rock-solid reasons that show you have vision and sense. If you are applying for a position in an area different from your department you need to give solid justifications to convince the interviewer.)
5. What sort of criteria did you use to decide we are the organization you would want to work for?
6. How has your experience during your school, college and life in general prepared you for your career?
7. Describe an ideal job or the job you,d like to be in.
8. Whether your Institute and department have met your expectations?
(Never talk negatively about your institute, even if you hate it.)
9. What made you choose this Institute?
(Be in sync with what you answered or plan to answer for Q No. 8.)
10. List 2-3 of your greatest achievements since you,ve been in this Institute and why?
11. Which subjects have you enjoyed studying the most and why? Which subjects did you dislike and why?
(Be diplomatic here; don,t quote a functionally important subject or the one that company wants you to have knowledge on.)
12. Do you have plans to continue your education?
(Never say yes even if you are planning to. They don,t want to waste their time and resources neither for training nor for even interviewing you if they know you have plans to leave them soon.)
13. How would your faculty and friends describe you?
14. Given the chance, how would you alter your education?
(Don,t be too much negative on this one. Say You are proud of your educational background but given a chance may be you,d like to make it more perfect.)
15. What kind of training or industry projects have you undergone and did you enjoy them? Why?
16. What are your interests and hobbies?
17. What are your strengths?
(Point out your positive attributes related to the job.)
18. What are your weaknesses?
(Don,t spend too much time on this one; be diplomatic as everybody has weaknesses but you don,t need to open your heart out here. Try to point out a couple of weaknesses that the interviewer might see as strengths, such as being very cautious about the quality of your work. Avoid answering "I am too hardworking." As it is a very common answer. Disguised n every weakness, mention a strength that compensates for it. None of your weaknesses should actually come in the way of your performance in the organization.)
19. What sort of serious problems have you experienced, and how have you handled them?
20. If you had your whole life to live over, what would you do differently and why?
21. Which is more important to you, your salary or your job?
(Play the good boy/girl here, even if your only motivation is money and you give a damn about your job. Tell them how work gives you satisfaction and energy etc.)
22. What have you found to be the biggest source of motivation in your life?
(Talk about incidents or people who have inspired you. Try to give functional answers, which might somehow show that you,d be the best person to hire.)
23. What sorts of things cause you stress, and how do you deal with them?
(Give a diplomatic answer that somehow shows how particular you are about perfection in work.)
24. What sorts of things cause you stress, and how do you deal with them?
(Give a diplomatic answer that somehow shows how particular you are about perfection in work.)
25. What is your definition of success?
26. How would you develop team spirit among the people that you work with?
27. Do you like to work independently or as a team?
(Always answer a team but be sure to add that given a serious task at hand that requires more precision you wouldn,t mind taking it over independently and delivering a perfect piece of work.)
28. What kind of work environment do you like the best?
(Talk in context of the organization.)
29. How would you resolve conflicts w ith employees, coworkers, and supervisors?
(Give sensible answers with examples at hand.)
30. In what ways have you learned from your mistakes?
(Give some nice goodie-goodie examples not of grave, sinister mistakes.)
31. In w hat areas do you need to improve your skills?
(Answer diplomatically in context of the company.)
32. Which adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
(Answer with positive, work-oriented adjectives, such as conscientious, hard-working, honest and courteous, plus a brief description or example of why each fits you well.)
33. What do you know about our company?
(To answer this one, research the company before you interview.)
34. Why do you want to work for us?
(Research the company before you interview. Avoid the predictable, such as, "Because it,s a wonderful company." Talk about some achievements of the company and how popular it is.)
35. Why should I hire you?
(Point out your positive attributes related to the job, and the good job you,ve done in the past. Include any compliments you,ve received from your trainers, professors etc.)
36. What past accomplishments gave you satisfaction?
(Briefly describe one to three work projects, initiatives or academic laurels that made you proud or earned you pats on the back etc.)
37. What makes you want to work hard?
(Don,t say salary and perks, rather, focus more on achievement and the satisfaction you derive from work.)
38. Why do you want this job?
(Find out about the job in advance. You may also ask questions about the job while you,re answering, but don ,t show you,re so dumb to be applying for a job position without knowing anything about it. Say what attracts you to the job. Avoid showing desperation for the job or the Bollywood answers such as "I really need the job", because I have a sick mother, a sister to marry and a physically challenged brother.)
39. How do you handle pressure and stress?
(Everybody feels stress in various situations, but the degree might vary. Tell them that you can handle it well with a smile and show how in past you have worked under stressful situations and have come out successful such as college exams, cultural fest, quizzes etc)
40. Explain how you overcame a major obstacle.
(Answer with a particular example of your problem-solving skills and your learning from it.)
41. What qualifies you for this job?
(Confidently show off your skills, experience, education and other qualifications, especially those that match the job description well. Avoid repeating what you,ve already mentioned in your resume or silly answers like since you are an engineer and they are looking for engineers, so you qualify for the job)
42. What is the reason for your not so good / average academic performance?
(* depends on marks/grades)
43. What makes you different from others?
44. How would you describe yourself to a stranger in 5 words / 3 words / 10 words?
(Don,t falter, be well prepared with this one)
45. What is your mission in life?
46. Are you ready to travel or work from a location far away from your hometown or state or
(Always be ready, say yes, as you need to be flexible. If you are still answering no, you need to give the interviewer concrete and convincing reasons for this but still you risk your chances. )
47. Who is the person who has inspired you most?
(Be ready with some concrete examples about you deeds and beliefs, which show that you have been inspired with that person. Don,t give answers like a Miss World / Mr. World contestant that it Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa. It could be even your mother; father; your neighbour; some one you met, when you were young or even your house maid)
48. Given a case situation, how would you react to it / handle it?
(Be methodical and do not get nervous, the purpose is not to see your answer but to see how to react and respond at that instance and how you approach it)
49. What would be the first thing you would do if we hire you?
(Don,t get overjoyed, be composed but do show your happiness and gratitude to the interviewer(s) and give a sensible answer)
50. Do you have any questions to ask?
(Be well prepared for this in advance or ask about something that did strike you during the interview. But it must be a sensible question, related to the company or the job profile etc. Don,t be over smart to ask, so "when am I joining and who to I need to work with", or asking lady interviewers "will you go out for a coffee with me")
These are some of the suggestive questions, while in actual interview situation the questions might be dependent on what you answer for the initial few questions such as "Tell us something about yourself?" or on the basis of points you have mentioned in your Resume.
Good performance in an interview, apart from preparation, knowledge and communication skills, requires Attitude and Confidence.
- Research the Corporate website
- Brush up your academics and concepts (sometimes HR and technical interviews are combined)
- Hone your communication skills
- Dress up for your interview
- Get all the required documents and certificates neatly in place (preferably organized in a nice file)
- Be Confident! Interviewers are also human! They have been at the position you are in today
- Remember the company is here because it wants to hire good people, not reject them. The job
needs you as much as you need the job; it is a mutually beneficial proposition
- Sell yourself to the company.
- Have a FodOO ATTITUDE
ALL THE BEST!