10 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Ideal Answers

How to Answer HR Questions

Do you think you are ready for the interview that’s fast nearing? Do you know how important it is to be on your toes to quickly answer the questions shot at you in a freshers job interview? The HR Managers would expect the job applicants to be quick and smart in ejecting their answers with utmost confidence.

Hey wait, there is no need for actually memorizing the answers. All you need is a solid session of preparation to cope with the speedy questions. Being prepared with the likely list of questions that are to be raised will largely help you be relaxed and cool when you are subjected to the actual process of interview. No matter whether or not you remember the answer, you will still be calm and composed without panicking or trembling

So here you go! Deucoo presents to you a list of most commonly asked interview questions with the recommended answers to keep you fully prepared for the interview process and face even the most challenging questions with utmost confidence.

1. Tell me about yourself

Tell me about yourself. This is among the most common questions to be raised in any job interview. While answering this question, keep in mind that you don’t share too much of your personal details while also not restricting yourself from sharing anything at all. Go on and share your interests, experiences, and life that may not directly correlate with the job. Your childhood experiences, education, motivation, etc. may be in the list. Well, you may also share about your personality by crackling some fun facts.

The PPF Formula - If answering this question feels very tiresome, follow the PPF formula which is the Past, Present, Future formula where you start briefing about your past including education, college, previous jobs, etc. and then go on and discuss about your present life such as current job and share your aspirations and future plans. However you answer, make sure to keep it short and sweet.

2. Tell me about your strength

This is yet another most common interview questions. Your answer to this question should be such that it seamlessly qualifies you for the position and makes you unique among the other applicants. This question gives you a beautiful chance to match your strength with the employer’s requirements. Just do the matching before the employer does.

It is important to remember at this point that you need to show your strength rather than just explaining. Brief an anecdote sharing any incident where your strength has helped in solving a crisis. Explain them how you have served well as a problem solver, and so on.

3. Your weakness?

Answering this question involves some play! You need to pretend as though your positive aspect is a weakness. Yes, you are briefing about your weakness that is going to be positive for the employer. For example, you may state your obsession to perfection as your weakness. Perhaps you can say that you spend a lot of time to wrap up a project with complete perfection and claim it as your weakness. This will in fact indirectly add up to your strengths (as the employer literally wants such a perfectionist on board). Yet again, here, you may brief and anecdote explaining your weakness. Make sure to also brief your efforts to overcome such weakness.

4. Why do you think you should get hired?

Give him the answer as to why you are the suitable candidate for the job position and why your application deserves selection. Do not try to be modest now, rather sound very confident, crisp and simply zero in on the sales pitch that clearly states your potential for the job position. Answering this question may involve explaining your prior experience, achievements, successful projects thus far, educational qualification, etc. Tactfully craft a reply that precisely matches with the employer’s requirements.

5. What made you quit your previous job?

The employer may ask about the reason for leaving your previous job or why you are contemplating to do so. For this, give clear cut and direct answers. Even if the scenarios while ending your previous job has not been the best, go on and explain the case with sugarcoated words to impress the employer. Tell them how you get motivated with newer opportunities. Above all, never bash your previous or current employer, the manager or any colleague (That is a blunder. Never do that). Because an employer looking for candidates would never encourage an employee who has negative notes about his past company or colleagues.

6. Salary expectations?

Coming on to the question about salary expectations, your answer is very crucial as the chances of getting ejected off the interview process is high when your quote is too high. On the other hand, when your expectation is underpriced, you will end up with a lower offer or devalued. Prior to the interview process, check out the web or discuss with your friends and colleagues about the ideal salary package for the job position for the expertise level you hold.

7. How important is this job to you?

Answering this question will reveal your level of understanding about the company and the job position. So, spend enough time to get to know the recruitment company in detail through online research, social media and other means. Know their product/service, work culture, vision, mission, etc. With all these in mind, tell about how good you will fit into the job and why the job position would suit you.

8. How good are you at handling work pressure?

There are many questions in this line asking about your way of handling demanding/challenging situations. What if there is some project that totally turns a failure? For questions as this, the best way to give your answers is to share how you have handled stressful situation in your earlier job. No one would accept if you claim that you never get stressed at work (Liar! Liar!). Well, first of all, no one would believe if you say so! If you answer them stating you have never undergone such pressure, it won’t be an appreciable answer. Answer this by drafting your own situation about workplace stress and brief the ways in which you have overcome the same.

9. Share any experience of challenging situations at work and how you tackled it

This question is ultimately aimed at knowing your expertise level in crisis management. Similar to the previous question about stress, for this as well, prepare yourself to share a scenario where you tactfully handled a challenging situation. Make your answer detailed in the form of a story or incident that is not just gripping, but also believable. Also remember not to talk negative about the company, job consultant or other employees. Saying so will deviate your answer from what the interviewer really wants to comprehend with

10. Share about your future goals

The interviewer would raise this question to purely understand your likeliness of job shift when there is a better opportunity knocking the door. Focus more on the ‘actual’ job you are applying for and about the interviewing company. Clarify the employer that there are very long term goals inclined on the job position you seek for.

These little tips and tricks are sure to win you the job. Go on and win your place. All the best.

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