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Questions Asked in Most Interviews

Given below are some questions which are asked in most interviews. Prepare yourself beforehand with suitable answers. Take help from the answers suggested here by suitably modifying them to your ­context.

EXAMPLE

Question :

What will you do if you are not selected?

Or

What will you do if you fail in this interview?

Answer :

Sir, I have not thought of it so far. However, if this happens, I shall try to review and analyse my performance and see how I could improve upon it for succeeding in the next attempt.

Or

Though I have not thought on those lines, yet if it so happens I shall try for the second time, or if necessary for the third time also.

 

Note: Never ask for reasons or say “Have I not done well in the ­interview?” or “Do you find my qualifications and experience not ­suitable?

 

Question :

Suppose you are not fortunate enough and fail in your subsequent attempt also and exhaust all your chances, what will you do then?

Answer :

Sir, I shall explore other avenues and maybe go in for something better than this because by that time I shall have gathered enough experience.

 

Note: Never say that you will be disappointed or enter into arguments by asking “Why not?” or “What do you find lacking in me?

 

Question :

How do you consider yourself fit for this job?

Or

Why should we employ you?

Answer :

I have the aptitude for a job such as this one. As you can see from my bio-data, I had opted for such subjects in my college that would help me perform well in the job I am aspiring for.

 

Note: Never say that you are qualified for the job. Even if you have had the finest education, it does not entitle you to a job. There may be other candidates more qualified than you. In order to make sure you get the job, you have to convince the interview board of your suitability. If you have some experience, try to convince them that you can build over whatever experience you have, and by dedication and hard work you can come up to their expectations. Above all, try to project the right attitude; skills and qualifications can be acquired afterwards.

 

Question :

Why have you opted for the Civil Services? A person with your qualifications can get a far better salary in the private sector.

Answer :

Sir, the Civil Services have their own charm. They are far more dignified. As some of my relatives are civil servants, I am aware of the authority and command they enjoy in society. This you can’t enjoy in the private sector, where there is undoubtedly more money. Secondly, as a civil servant you can serve the nation as well as help implement various projects for the development and growth of the country.

 

Note: Never say that in the Civil Services or government jobs there is more security, which is not there in the private sector. This will show that you have some sort of fear or that you lack confidence in yourself and have a negative attitude.

 

Question :

There are several applicants who have better educational qualifications and experience than you. So why should we give you preference over the others?

Answer :

Sir, I know nothing about other applicants. As far as I am concerned, I would like to say that I have the ­aptitude and the requisite experience for this job. I also have full confidence that with the help of a little training and guidance, I will be able to perform well. Lastly, I also meet the basic qualification for the job.

 

Note: Never compare yourself with other applicants or enter into any discussions about them. Try to convince the interviewers only about your suitability.

 

Question :

There are several applicants who are postgraduates and some even hold specialized postgraduate diplomas. You are simply a graduate. How would you justify your selection?

Answer :

Sir, the minimum qualification as advertised for the job is a graduate’s degree, and my being called for the interview is indicative of my good performance in the written examination in which several more qualified candidates must have appeared but could not qualify. Moreover, to have higher academic qualifications does not entitle anybody for a job. As long as one meets the basic qualifications and has the will, self-confidence, aptitude and ambition to grow, one definitely merits preference over more qualified people.

 

Note: Never over-praise yourself and say that you are more intelligent or smarter than other better qualified applicants.

 

Question :

Mrs Bedi, I see from your bio-data that you passed your MA in Sociology. Don’t you think that sociology is not as important and useful a subject as economics, political science or geography?

Answer :

Sir, I have a different point of view. I am of the ­opinion that sociology is useful or even more useful a subject than other social sciences. Sociology is a science which deals with human behaviour in society and you will agree that one can’t live outside one’s society. One has to interact within society, face social problems in everyday life and find solutions for them. You can find a solution for a social problem if you know its causes. As a sociologist you can get to the root of the problem more effectively.

Question :

As a postgraduate in sociology, which careers are open to you in this country? We think sociology has a very limited scope in our country. What do you say?

Answer :

Sir, I think sociology contains a bit of every social ­science. This makes the sociologist something of an all-rounder. Secondly, we have several social problems in our country. A sociologist can easily analyse the causes of these problems and keeping in view the social set-up, suggest suitable solutions to overcome them. As far as career opportunities are concerned, a sociologist can work in industries as an expert industrial sociologist or avail of the many opportunities in personnel ­departments. He can also work on government projects for human welfare, in jails, hospitals, etc.

 

Note: Questions of this nature can be asked about any discipline. What you have to convey through your answer is your knowledge of your subject and your awareness of its direct or indirect applicability in day-to-day life. You have to convince the interviewer of the utility of the subject being discussed and show your own interest in it. Prepare your answers beforehand. Sometimes, you may be asked that as a science student, how you justify for an administrative job. Here you may say that being a science student, you have developed a scientific approach which will help you to scientifically examine and analyse problems and find suitable solutions and remedies.

 

Question :

How did you prepare yourself for the interview?

Answer :

Sir I talked to some of my friends who had been through such interviews. In addition, I regularly read various newspapers, magazines and journals, especially the ones pertaining to careers and competitions. These have helped me to acquaint myself with the type of questions that are usually asked and prepare ­answers beforehand. They have kept me abreast with the current affairs and matters of general knowledge. For understanding various political problems, I have been discussing and exchanging views with my friends and colleagues to ascertain their viewpoints.

Question :

We would like to know your reaction to the ­communal problem in Punjab which has caused the killing of ­innumerable innocent people.

Answer :

Sir, this is a question which I would not like to answer off-hand without going into the details and offering a detailed analysis of the issues involved. What I gather from the newspapers cannot be taken for granted. I can, however, say that these incidents are purely politically motivated.

Question :

But you have not said anything in particular about the Punjab situation. You see, first the police was alerted, then the CRPF took over. In some places even the military had been deployed. What do you think about the overall situation and the role of these forces?

Answer :

Sir, I am not in favour of arriving at any hasty conclusion and expressing my opinion without due ­consideration. I would, therefore, not like to give any ­comment on this issue unless I am fully in the picture and have full ­details, and that too from the right sources. It won’t be fair to make subjective comments, without first ­studying all aspects of the situation.

 

Note: Here the candidate has exhibited his/her self-confidence, maturity of thinking and caution. Don’t become unnecessarily emotional or give baseless comments. Refrain from offering opinions which you think might gain you the favour of the interview board.

 

Question :

We would like to know your views on the recent newspaper reports about riots in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Note: Such questions may be about any state

 

Answer :

Sir, I cannot say anything off-hand on this issue. I hail from South India where I only get reports from various newspapers about the recent riots. You will agree that newspaper reports are not always correct. Therefore, I would like to comment only if I go there and stay for some time to make an objective analysis of the causes of these riots and of how far the government has been successful in dealing with the situation.

 

Note: The above answer shows the candidate’s mature thinking and objective views. He/She has not commented about any community or criticized any particular community.

 

Question :

What is your opinion of the role of the Government and the Opposition in the Ayodhya crisis?

Answer :

Sir, it is a very complicated issue. The Government does not want to take any decision which might offend any particular community in view of its secular status. The BJP, which is the main Opposition party, supports the construction of the temple because it is in keeping with the promises they had made in their election manifesto. The Government has involved the judiciary and its decision has to be binding both on the ­Government and the Opposition. In either case, the Government has to support the court’s verdict whether it displeases any particular community or not.

 

Note: Here the candidate has not criticized any particular community or the Government but given a well-balanced answer. ­Remember, liberty of free expression is not to be confused with a licence to cast unfounded, unwarranted and irresponsible aspersions against any party or the Government. You can make logical and reasoned criticism, if needed, without bias and prejudice.

 

Question :

I find from your bio-data that you passed your M.Sc. in July last year. What have you been doing since then?

Answer :

Sir, besides preparing for my written examination for this competition, I secured a part-time job as a ­teacher in one of the local schools. This helped me to earn something while I was preparing for this examination.

 

Note: Never say that you were doing nothing. Taking up an interim job shows your willingness to work and be self-supportive.

 

Question :

Why do you change jobs so frequently? Are you always dissatisfied?

Answer :

Sir, I am trying to gain varied experience and exposure to different work cultures. Being young and without any obligations, it is easier for me to move from place to place and have a diversity of experience. Once I have gathered sufficient experience in my profession and find an organization which gives me job satisfaction and an opportunity to show my skills and use my experience as well as one that promises me a good career graph, I would definitely like to settle down.

Question :

Why do you want to leave your present job?

 

Note: This is a very common question in private sector interviews for recruitment and one has to be very careful in answering it.

 

Answer :

Sir, your company enjoys a very good reputation in the corporate world and I also read in your Director’s report that your company is poised for further expansion. This would provide ample opportunities to rise for the right type of person if one works honestly, makes sincere efforts to excel and grows as the company grows.

 

You must give acceptable reasons for leaving your present ­employer. Some of the acceptable reasons for changing the job may be as follows:

  • For better prospects
  • For career growth which is not possible in the present employment due to its rigid infrastructure
  • For a challenging opportunity to show your skills and training which you are unable to do in the present organization
  • For the reputation of the company which is interviewing you
  • For the fact that the new organization is fast expanding and hence there is a lot of scope to rise for a hard-working and skilled employee
  • For the good work culture, professionalism and working ­conditions in the company which is interviewing you
However, don’t criticize your present employer or comment on any of his/her weak points. It is always better to tell the interviewer that his/her organization is better for a person of your initiative. Never give any ­unacceptable reason for changing your job such as any of the below:
  • There is no security in your present job
  • Working hours are too long and there is a lot of overtime work with no extra pay
  • You are unable to work with the boss as he/she does not know his/her job
  • You desire to have a more comfortable and easy-going life
  • There is too much tension in your present job (This shows that you are unable to meet targets.)
  • The working hours interfere with your leisure time pursuits and family affairs
  • Just because you fancy a change
  • You are unable to get along with colleagues or juniors
  • You are under-paid. You can say you want better emoluments but never say that you are under-paid.

 Concept Tuning—Interviewing

The best interviewers use behavioural based questions

These questions assume that future behaviour can be predicted from prior behaviour. Interviewers can ask these types of question to determine if the job candidate has the abilities and knowledge to do the job in question.
 

Job candidates might be faced with illegal questions during interviews

These questions usually focus on marital status, age, religious preference, ethnic background, or health status. In some cases, interviewers may not realize such questions are illegal. When faced with such questions, candidates should try to determine the intent of the question. It may be simply a slip up, but could also illustrate discriminatory hiring practices.
 

Candidates must be able to clearly describe the value they bring to an organization

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate how he/she is the most qualified person for the job. This comes through clearly explaining answers and illustrating the answers with interesting examples.

 

Candidates must ask important questions during the interview

By asking relevant questions, candidates can obtain critical information about the job and organization. This will especially help the candidate when it comes to deciding on a job offer if one is made.





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