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Top 100 General HR Interview Questions

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:-1 Q1 − Tell me about yourself.
Unlike 80% of the candidates who ramble about their life story and personal matters, start with the present and explain how your qualifications match to what the interviewer is looking for, and how you are an ideal candidate for the job. This approach will help you stand out instantly from the rest of the aspirants and will help you build a rapport very early. For example − "I have a number of accomplishments I'd like to tell you about, but I would like to talk more about the most important priorities of this position. I know from (company’s website, newspaper ad, from references, etc.) that these are the requisites for this job profile. Is there anything else you see as essential for this position?

:-2 Q2 − What are your greatest strengths?
Most aspirants sound either too arrogant or humble while answering these questions, neither of which helps. The key skill here is to mention work-elated strengths along with their most recent and impressive examples respectively. For example − The qualities employers generally seek in employees are − Proven Performance Record Intelligence Familiarity with Corporate Culture Honesty Communication Skills Enthusiasm Ease of Approachability Dedication Confidence Definiteness

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:-3 Q3 − What are your greatest weaknesses?
First of all, there’s nothing “great” about a weakness, so that’s a trick question; it should be “What are your biggest weaknesses?
” Second, being honest about your weaknesses might earn you brownie points on sincerity, however a candidate with weaknesses isn’t a charming prospect for any company. Many tackle this question by trying to present their excessive implementation of a positive quality as a negative feature. For example − “I strive to achieve perfection, so I tend to work too hard.” However, these tactics have been used for so long now that every HR will see through it. The best way to answer this question is to first get a detailed knowledge of the job’s requirements, and then describe what you like doing the most, which should match up with the most important qualification in the position. Also, mention what you like the least, which should match with a qualification not at all needed for the job. For example − If you are applying for a job that needs knowledge on Website Designing, say − "Nobody's perfect, but if my background is anything to go by, I have the qualifications, skills and focus to achieve results in this position. If given a choice, I like to spend the majority of my employed time in designing the websites, as opposed to Data Warehousing. Of course, I know the importance of Data Warehousing, but my real interest lies in website designing." (The HR’s heart would be singing in delight on hearing those words.)

:-4 Q4 − Tell me about an incident you are ashamed of speaking about Although it’s one of those extremely personal questions that the interviewer has no business asking, it’s extremely effective in inducing guilt and repentance from an unprepared candidate, which could lead to disaster. Never treat a mistake you made as something shameful, as that means you have difficulty in moving on, instead of learning from the mistake and avoiding that in your present life. Never regret or apologize for a mistake. For example − “I have always found the best way to manage a shameful act is to not do it in the first place. I always cross-check my references and prepare the task-chart for the next day well in advance, so that I am rarely caught on the wrong foot.”

:-5 Q5 − Why did you leave (or plan to leave) your present employer?
As a rule of thumb, never badmouth your previous company, boss, staff, or employees, under any circumstance. If you are already in a job, state honestly and clearly what you expect in your new job. The best keywords could be – better career opportunities, growth, exposure to a different working culture, new process, etc. For example − Never lie if you have been laid-off the job, as it’s very easy to find out. Instead of taking the question personally, try to divert the reasons for your getting fired as − “company takeover, merger, and division wide layoff." Instead of being bitter about the experience, try to describe the incident practically from the company's point-of-view, indicating that you might have done the same thing yourself, had you been in their position. This will increase your value in the eyes of the interviewer(s) as excellent top-management material.

:-6 Q6 − The Silent Treatment A favorite of the HRs who put candidates in Stress situations, this technique involves the interviewer remaining completely silent and just keep on staring back after an aspirant has answered the question. This uncomfortable and prolonged silence has an unnerving effect on even the most seasoned job-seekers. Most unprepared candidates think they might have said something extremely wrong which they have to cover now. But as they don’t know what was wrong in the first place, they break under the stress and rush to fill in the silence by rambling about unnecessary details, which might be extremely dangerous to your chances. For example − If your interviewer remains silent for an uncomfortable duration after listening to your answer, keep quiet for some time and then, say very politely − "Is there anything else I need to mention on that point?

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:-7 Q7 − Why should I hire you?
Before answering any such question, do a thorough study of the position’s requirements and what skill-sets the job might need. This knowledge will help you immensely in matching your qualifications and experience with the job requirements, which in turn, enhances your image in the eyes of the HR and sets you apart from the competition. For example − "As per my knowledge, you are looking for a Sales and Marketing Manager for your book-publishing department. I would like to mention that I have a strong background in trade book sales, 18 years of experience to be exact. I know the right contacts, methods, and management techniques that are needed for success in our industry.”

:-8 Q8 − Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The reason interviewers ask this question is to check your level of commitment to the job and company. They want to know if you are just filling in till a better opportunity comes along, or are you looking for a long-term association with the organization. For example − "This position is exactly what I'm looking forward to working in on a long term, and I'm confident that if I do my work with sincerity and the desired level of proficiency, opportunities will inevitably open up for me."

:-9 Q9 − Why do you want to work at our company?
The deeper your research is on the company’s annual reports, the corporate newsletters, business contacts, partners, suppliers, advertisements and articles about the company in the trade press, the better chance you have at answering this question satisfactorily.

:-10 Q10 − Would you lie for the company?
This is one of the trickiest questions in the world of interviewing, as it pits two morals against each other − loyalty vs. honesty. For example − In these cases, try to give an answer that’s as diplomatic as possible, like − “I will never do anything that could cast a shadow on the company’s image and reputation. I will always consult with my seniors before taking a decision, so that they can guide me with their expertise and level of experience.”

:-11 Q11 − Questions on confidential matters. Your interviewer may press you for this information for two reasons. First, to research the competition on their strategies, financial condition, etc. Second, to test your integrity to see if you can easily reveal confidential data. Never reveal anything truly confidential about a present or former employer, but politely explain the reason too. For example − "I certainly like to be as clear as possible, however I would also like to honor the trust my previous employer had on me, when they shared sensitive information, as I am sure you would also want your employers to do.”

:-12 Assuming that you are selected, what will be your strategy for next 60 days?
If I am selected for this position, I’ll use my initial 60 days in understanding my role carefully in terms of the contribution to the business and increasing the overall profitability. I’ll sit with my line manager and other juniors to understand what has already been done and what its impact has been. From there on, I’ll formulate my strategy to growth in close conjunction with managers and see that it is properly implemented.

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:-13 How would you improve upon our product/ company?
Since I’d be coming from an altogether new environment, I am bound to possess a new perspective towards everything here including the company, product, customers, environment, strategy etc. This will enable me to constructively question things which anyone else here might not do. This will help in improving the things and making the product & company better. Having worked closely with product development team I understand how the research for product development is carried out and how is customer requirement analysed; I’d be able to provide a value addition there too.

:-14 Don’t you think, you are overqualified for this position?
You might feel that I possess more degrees than you require for this position. But, I believe that I grow everyday when I talk to my staff, customers and superiors. So, basically the learning process continues through out the life – I don’t think I am over qualified.

:-15 Have you ever had a problem with your peer?
Can you give us an example?
Yes, it happened once. I was quite friendly with a colleague of mine from the other department. While talking to him during the lunch hour, I casually told him about the new marketing strategy that the marketing team was thinking about. He mentioned it to his boss and that caused a lot of confusion between the two departments. This taught me a lesson that you must not discuss any departmental strategies with anyone from other department unless you have been authorised by your boss.

:-16 I see, there’s some gap in your work history. Why?
Yes, I was feeling exhausted after years of non-stop work. So, I decided to take a break and spend some time with my family on a rejuvenating vacation. I am happy to have returned fully recharged.

:-17 Can you tell us something about your previous boss?
All my bosses possessed some skills worth learning. I have always tried to learn something new from them including my previous boss.

:-18 Is there anything that you do not like about your last or current job?
I was quite enthusiastic while joining my last job. Towards the end, the number of challenges and opportunity to grow further started diminishing. A challenge loving and growth oriented person like me doesn’t enjoy this.

:-19 Have there been instances, when your decision was challenged by your colleague or manager?
Yes, there have been many such instances. I like people who challenge my decisions rather than following me blindly. This keeps me ensured that I am surrounded by thinking brains rather than just a set of dumb followers. When someone challenges your decisions, you are bound to rethink over it and the chances of reaching the best option are brighter.

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:-20 If you are allowed to change one thing about your last job, what would it be?
I have been working at a senior level since last many years. These roles have always needed me to make real time decisions. Sometimes the facts, figures and other information in real time cases are not complete & still we have to make a decision. In such cases, there exists a probability of making inaccurate decisions. Knowing this, I usually run down my old decisions to see the outcome. It makes sure that I don’t repeat a mistake ever again in future. While carrying out one such exercise, I realised that the product promotion strategy that I recommended would have been different, if I had had the complete data and figures but there was no way to get them in real time.

:-21 How long can you commit to work with us?
I like new challenges and a chance to grow. As long I keeping getting these, I don’t think I’ll need to switch over. I’d like to believe that this relationship lasts for many years. However, I haven’t set a time limit as such.

:-22 You seem to be drawing a good salary. Will you be OK in taking a salary cut?
I believe that at one point of time in career salary becomes secondary and self actualisation become more important. While taking up any new job, it will be my priority to ensure that the work culture, chances to contribute and grow are sufficient along with the money I am paid. I also believe that any good company who cares about its employees ensures that they are paid well.

:-23 What is your expected salary?
I believe that an ideal remuneration for any position recognizes the ability, rewards the performance and provides the employee an opportunity to indulge in his hobbies and passions. I am sure that this company also takes care of these.

:-24 Would you like to ask us anything?
I would like to know about the career growth I can expect being with this company. I am quite an ambitious person and this information will be helpful.

:-25 Tell us something about yourself. This is the first question, you can expect during any interview you face. This usually is a question to start the communication and set the ball rolling for the interview. You can answer this question by providing some information about your work experience, technologies you have worked upon, educational qualifications. If you are a fresh graduate, you can provide some information about your family also. The trick is to put the full stop at the right place to provoke the next question you want. For e.g. “Recently I developed a website using Drupal. It was quite an interesting but challenging job which I enjoyed.”

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:-26 Why do you consider yourself a suitable candidate for this position?
The answer to this question lies in the preparation you did before the interview. It is extremely important that you research the requirements of the position well and match them with your skills. For e.g. if the position requires an developer with good knowledge of health care domain, tell the interviewer about your technical skills and your domain knowledge. Fresh graduates can talk about their technical skills, ability to learn and grasp things quickly.

:-27 Why do you want to leave your present job or company?
You may want to leave your present job for any reason but make sure that you do not talk bad about your manager, company or job. It reflects your complaining attitude. Provide a sincere reason for e.g. “I think, I have grown up with my last employer as much as I could. I want to grow further and I believe that is possible with a new employer.”

:-28 You have stayed in your current job for quite a long time, why?
There are many people who do not change their jobs for years and when they go out looking for a new employer, this is one of the most important questions they are asked. Some people might look upon staying with the same employer for long as “lack of ambition”. A good answer to this question can be something like, “Yes, you are right. I stayed with my last employer for almost 5 years but I was continuously growing in the company, doing new things, handling bigger challenges. So, I was quite happy working with them for these many years.” You can then talk about how you grew with your last employer.

:-29 What do you know about us?
Research the company and its business a bit before appearing for the interview. Also, find out a bit about the technologies they work upon. You don’t need to know everything inside out but having a fair idea about the company makes you appear interested in the position, to be taken seriously. For e.g. I see that your company does a lot of projects based on OpenSource platforms like Joomla, Drupal, Magento which is quite interesting as I have a similar kind of experience.

:-30 What do you do to improve your knowledge?
The field of IT is very revolutionary. It is extremely important to keep yourself abreast with the new technological developments and this needs you to take some time out of your work schedule so that you can keep sharpening your saw. To answer this question, you can tell the recruiter about the forums which you keep visiting, blogs which you keep reading. It will be an advantage if you are a member of some local user group.

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:-31 Can you perform under pressure?
Most of the times, the job of software development is that of working under pressure. Sometimes, it will be the pressure of delivering on time while it can be that of a bug that has sprung all of a sudden in your code. So, expect pressure in everything you do. It is important to maintain your performance and develop strategies to deliver under pressure. You can then go ahead an talk about your way of dealing with pressure and performing under it.

:-32 Tell us some of your strengths. Again, it is important to study the requirements of the position before you appear for the interview. List out your strengths and offer the ones that this role demands. For e.g. If you are appearing for the position of a Tech Lead –, talk about your skills, any extra knowledge which you have about coding with in comparison to other candidates, your team management skills etc.

:-33 Tell us some of your weaknesses. You have to be careful while answering this question. Do not offer a weakness which will directly affect your selection but at the same time saying that you do not have any weakness will not be right too. Every human being has weaknesses, so it is perfectly OK for you to have some too. The best way to answer this question will be to turn one of your strengths as a weakness and say that others accuse you of having this weakness but you think it is important to work in this manner. For e.g.: “My colleagues accuse me of paying to much attention to syntax but I believe it is important when you are writing the code to avoid spending too much time on finding and fixing the bugs later on.” Another way to answer this question is to offer a totally un-related weakness for e.g. “I have been staying alone for so many years now but I still can’t cook independently.”

:-34 Are you comfortable working in a team?
The whole work of software development or IT is a team work. So, the only answer to this question can be: “Yes, I am comfortable working in a team.” If you have any problems in working as a team, it is important to work on them and develop yourself as a team player.

:-35 How do you rate your communication skills?
Again, IT is about dealing with people within and out of the company. So, it is important to have good communication skills. By good communication skills we mean, ability to understand and explain in a common language. So, if you believe that your communication skills are weaker, you need to work on them. Anything less than average or good is not acceptable here.

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:-36 You do not have all the experience we need for this position?
It is not possible for a candidate to have all the experience an employer requires. Even if you match yourself up to the expectations on technical front, there will be some difference in the work environment. And, it is absolutely fine. The best way to deal with this question is to analyse the requirements of the position well and match your skills as close to them as possible. If something is still left untouched, offer your quick grasping power and ability to learn quickly as a solution & back it up with an example from the past.

:-37 How would you compensate for the lack of experience you have for this position?
As we discussed in the last question, your ability to understand and pick up new things quickly should be able to compensate for the lack of work experience you have.

:-38 If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for in a potential candidate?
Closely understand the qualities and skills a person holding the position would need and match them with the qualities you have. If you believe that you are missing a big quality required for the position under discussion, say that, “I understand that this is an important quality required in the person holding this position but given a chance, I will inculcate it in me.” Back it up with a confident body language.

:-39 Do you know anyone who works for us?
Offer some one’s name if they really know you well and can offer a positive feedback about you.

:-40 What is your style of management?
In today’s scenario, everything needs customization, so here also, one size can’t fit all i.e. one management style won’t work in all situations. So, offer “situational” as your style of management.

:-41 Have you ever fired anyone?
How would you go about firing a person, if required?
The basic purpose of asking this question is to check your EQ and see if you have the guts to make tough decisions. If you have fired anyone in the past, discuss your experience and approach. If you have never done so in the past, discuss the approach you would take to make and implement such a decision. Keep the focus of your answer on the fact that you would try to do your best to ensure that your team performs to its best but if a particular member is not able to perform even after you taking all the steps to help him, you would make the tough decision to ensure that the project doesn’t suffer.

:-42 What irritates you about co-workers?
The purpose of this question is to see how well you can fit into a team. Basically, you should not have a problem with a person, although you can have a problem with the style of working. So, to answer this question you can simply say, “I understand that IT is about team work, so we can’t afford to problems with co-workers but if someone is not serious about their work or does a low quality work affecting the whole project, I definitely do not like it”

:-43 Is there any particular kind of person you can not work with?
For the reason given in the above questions, the answer to this question should be a “No”. This is basically a different way of putting up the last question.

:-44 What qualities would you look for in your senior?
You can mention some generic qualities like intelligence, good sense of humour, dedicated to his team etc., which all the managers think that they have in abundance.

:-45 What motivates you at work?
To answer this question, you can mention things like – new challenges, good environment which all employers think that they offer.

:-46 Will you be happy to work in night shifts or over the weekends?
You need to answer this question taking into consideration what is suitable for you. Say that you can work in the night shifts, only if you can really do it.

:-47 Have you ever committed a mistake at work?
To err is human. So, it is perfectly OK if you committed a mistake at work but before answering the question analyse the magnitude of mistake you did and the effect it had on the company. What is more important is – what did you do to rectify the mistake and make sure that you don’t do it again?
So, mention the mistake you committed and keep the focus of the answer on the steps you took to rectify it.

:-48 What position would you prefer while working on a project?
This question is for you to answer based on the skills and qualities you have. If you have the capability to handle different positions, discuss that also in the interview.

:-49 What are the most important things for you as a manager?
The two things which should be most important for a manager to succeed in his role are: a.) His team should be happy and keep performing b.) The project he is working on with his team is successfully finished with minimum problems.

:-50 Will you be happy to re-locate, if required?
Again, a question for you to answer based on your position. If you are anticipating this question in the interview, it is better to discuss this with your family also before you go to face the interview.

:-51 What kind of a salary are you looking for?
Try to put the ball back in interviewer’s court by asking him about the salary they offer for a position like this. Most of the big companies will have a fixed remuneration for each level. However, if this is negotiable, you will have more negotiation power if you have some work experience. So, know your lower limit (amount below which you can’t go) and also know the maximum salary in the industry for the position then put forward a figure which is not very exact. It is better to mention a range. For e.g. if you are expecting something around 55 K, say that you expect something in mid fifties. Don’t keep the range to broad otherwise you will be offered something towards the lower end. If you are a fresher, most of the times you will have to accept the company’s offering for the position. However, if you find it too less, you can definitely discuss that during the interview.

:-52 Do you have any questions for us?
This is usually the last question you can expect during an interview. It is extremely important to have some intelligent questions to ask the interviewer otherwise you may just sound dull and un-interested. Research the company a bit and discuss if they have been in news recently. You can also discuss about the growth prospects for you within the company etc.

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:-53 Discuss the most stressful situation you came across in your previous job. Here you should discuss a stressful situation that you were able to overcome and keep a positive tone, do not say you never came across a stressful situation. Typical answers can be: - Our team’s targets were increased three fold and initially everyone was overwhelmed by the number, but we discussed it with our manager and he was co-operative and understood the situation. But he wanted us to give it a try and was ready to reduce the targets to a more realistic number. - You can also talk about a very demanding project where you worked for long hours/2 shifts and had to sacrifice on family time, but once the project was done you got recognition for the hard work and you were over the stress.

:-54 For how long do you expect to stay with our organization?
You should ensure that you give an impression that you will pay back more than what you take from the company: - You can say I will stay here as far as I see an opportunity for growth, as I am looking for a stability in work place - If they stress on number of years say 3-4 years, and more if I can explore new challenges/growth opportunities

:-55 Why should we hire you?
- Here you should discuss the profile you have applied for and your strengths/experience with which you can add value to the job - Discuss your achievements at your previous job, and say that I have developed my skills to suit my current profile, but I want to develop myself futher and face new challenges, and for that I need to change my job. - I will always be willing to change roles share responsibilities to suit company requirements

:-56 Discuss your strengths Discuss strengths that show your professional expertise, some of the answers could be: - Multi tasking: Say I have been working on mulitple project and I am required to keep tabs on each project and co-ordinate with a lot of teams, and I am able to do it efficiently. - Problem Solving: You can say that in my current job role I have spent a good time to know how to solve problems. My team members see me as a go-to person to solve issues. - Communication - Team player - Quick learner Support each point with examples

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:-57 Discuss your weaknesses and how do you plan to overcome it Discuss weaknesses in positive light always discuss how you plan to overcome it, some of the answers could be: - I am always willing to take up additional responsibilities, but I end up being over worked so now I am realistic about what I can do, so that I do work to the required standards - If you lack certain technical skill, which is not crucial for the job you can state that and say you are planning to take up a training course/certification to get over it - If you do not wish to discuss your weakness, you can say, I cannot compete with Rajnikant :P

:-58 What is your idea of an ideal company?
Do not go over board and ask for , it might give an impression that you are too demanding, some of the answers could be: - An ideal company provides maximum opportunities for growth of employees. - They provide comfortable and flexible work environment, so that employees can perform at their best and work towards company’s benefit. - A company that encourages learning - A company that encourages open culture

:-59 Why are you leaving your previous job?
Do not go around defaming your company, it will give a bad impression about you. Give reasons such as: - Professional Growth - New challenges - Change in profile - Planning to relocate (if applicable) - With time I found my job was becoming monotonous and I didn’t want this to have any impact on the job I was doing for my employer - I am not actively looking for a job change but, I saw this opening and it looked interesting.

:-60 Tell us something about your achievements at your previous job. - Talk about your professional acheivements, if you were recognised as a high performer or you got good feedback from your manager - You can also discuss you annual ratings - Discuss your promotions/appraisals

:-61 Tell us what do you know about our company. - Browse through the company website and make sure you know what the company does and make sure you do so in short - Discuss the positives aspects of the company, the interviewer should feel that you have done your home work

:-62 Why do you want to work for us?
-Start by discussing the profile you have applied for and go on to say that the organization would provide an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and help you to grow professionally -Discuss how you would be of use to the organization and how you plan to develop your professional competencies

:-63 Are you willing to relocate/travel?
- Always say yes if you need the job - You can ask whether they will compensate for relocation costs

:-64 Are you a good team player?
Companies look for team players as well as those who are self starters and can work independently, so you need to be versatile: -You should show that you enjoy working in a team. Say that you are open to suggestions from team members and seniors. -It is always good to work in a team as one can get the support of other members and in times of crisis everyone can work together to achieve the goal.

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:-65 Can you work independently?
- Yes, I can work independently without supervision or support from a team - Do not emphasize on working independently as that will be seen as an inability to work with others.

:-66 Do you have any questions for us?
Always have a question ready to answer this one: - You can ask whether the company allows for lateral and vertical role changes - You can also ask whether the company encourages learning and development of employees - Ask whether the company has plans for expansion - You can also discuss your role in detail

:-67 Are you willing to work for long hours, if the project demands that from you?
- Discuss situations when you must have done so to fulfill project requirements in the past

:-68 What is your current CTC and what are your expectations?
- Be honest about your CTC, as you will have to produce you salary slip as a proof of employment - Be realistic when you state your expected CTC, you can ask for a 30-40% hike - If you are underpaid at your current company you can look for the standard salary paid for the experience you have and ask for that amount

:-69 Are you planning to go for further studies?
Be transparent in your answer. - If you are pursuing further studies, say so. Tell them why you want to go for that course - If you are taking up a distance education course or a part time course, they should know, as you will need to take leaves when you appear for exams

:-70 Discuss your five characteristics. List down points that will help you professionally: - Independent - Responsible - Hard working - Multi tasker - Prompt - Add your characteristcs

:-71 Tell us something about your hobbies. Answer it with honesty, as they can go deeper into this discussion. You can include: - Browsing the internet - Blogging, - Listening to music, - Chatting with friends, - Reading newspapers, - Reading books, - Shopping, - Watching movies….

:-72 What is more important to you money or success?
This is tricky question, as money and success both are important and you cannot outweigh the importance of one over the other. Personally you might prefer money over success or success over money, but it is better to be neutral when answering this question in an interview: You can say, that money and success both are important for you, but if you have to choose you would choose success. The reason being, if one is successful money often follows and you need not focus on money over success..

:- 2. Why should I hire you?

As I am fresher, I don’t have any experience. But I am willing to work for you in any kind of situation. I have ability to work with your organization and I can show my ability working with your organization. I will prove myself. This is an opportunity to start a career that I definitely don’t want to lose so I will give my cent percent to give my best. or Sir, As you know I am a fresher I don’t have any practical knowledge. But I am good at my theoretical knowledge. I am searching for a platform where I can prove myself by utilizing my knowledge, skills that are useful for the development of the organisation I am associated with.

:- 3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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:- strengths: My strength are 1. I have a good communication skills and leadership qualities. I got my confidence from my experiences like I was able to manage the 1000 members with different mind sets in my tech fest as an organizer. 2. I can handle my self in difficult situations, can motivate the others. 3. I am punctual and very enthusiastic to learn new things. 4. I have a good quality of being positive, I can enjoy the comments (on me) and can make my surroundings happy with my sense of humour. 5. I am quick learner and I am ready to work with team with positive attitude. Weaknesses: 1. I don’t like the people, who are telling only good qualities about me. 2. I can’t say no to anyone. 3. Taking over responsibilities.

:- 4. What is the difference between confidence and over confidence?

:- “Only” is the one word that changes the difference between confidence and overconfidence like I can do this work is confidence and I only can do this work is overconfidence. Or I am going to give my best in the interview to impress the panel, this is confidence. The interviewer is definitely going to hire me, that’s over-confidence. Or I’m the best person to hire for or company – Confidence. I’m only the best person to hire from or company – Over confidence.

:- 5. What is the difference between hard work and smart work?

:- Hard work may give results but it takes much time. Smart work will give optimum results with less work and with in less time. Because smart work is a intangible asset of genius. Or In simple words: Hard work means work and then think. Smart work means think and then work.

:- 6. Why do you want to work at our company?

:- I am looking for a platform where I can give my best and work with dedication to give a kick start to my carrier. And if that platform comes from a well renowned company like (company name) then it can’t be anything better than that. And I love challenges that an organisation puts in that helps an individual to grow up professionally. But I worship the company that honors the individual who accept and cope up with the challenges. And (company name) is right on top among such organisations. OR Why because, its a great pleasure to work with your company. It will help me to explore my skills and prove my ability and also gain experience. I think it will be a good platform to prove myself.

:- 7. How do you feel about working nights and weekends?

:- Sir, no problem in working nights and weekends because in my opinion if we want to be successful then we should be honest to our work because it is vital for everyone, who wants a bright future, to remember the old adage”Successful leaders see the opportunity in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity . Or Have no problem in doing work at night and weekends. Most probably, spending more time with my family during weekends. But If Company needs my presence then surely my presence will be there at anytime. Even-though girls working at night is not a problem but there safety or security provided for these girls.

:- 8. Can you work under pressure?

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:- Sir, I believe that if we love what we do, we never feel the pressure. And we must always be ready to face the upcoming challenges. So I think I can do well. Or I always try to face challenges in my life. So pressure doesn’t matter. Working under pressure is the opportunity to know about my ability and gaining confidence.

:- 9. What are your goals?

:- My short term goal is to get placed in reputed organisation like yours and enhance my skills. My long term goal is to give smile to my parents through my hard work, make them proud of me. Or To be honest my aim of life is that I would like to see myself as a successful person at respectable position so for this right now my goal is to crack this interview and want to be part of your organization.

:- 10. Are you willing to relocate or travel?

:- I don’t see any problem in relocating to a new place. Instead it will provide me exposure to a new environment, culture and languages and let me interact with different people. This will also give me new experience and prove to be beneficial for my personality development as well. Or Relocation means learning new things interacting with new people, new culture that teaches us many more. As I like learning so relocation is not any issue.

:- 11. What motivates you to do good job?

:- I want to see my parents happy and I should be the reason behind that happiness. If we are in good position first person who will feel proud and happy are our parents. So, to see my parents happiness and that happiness motivated me a lot.

:- 12. What makes you angry?

:- Whenever someone disturbs me a lot and underestimate my capability, I get angry but I try my best to control my anger with a smile and handle the situation

:- 13. Give me an example of your creativity.

:- Creativity is to create innovative idea and to modify old things to new one. I can’t remember any particular example right now but my creativity lies in every work what I do daily. Always try to implement something new that makes hard work into smartwork.

:- 14. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

:- Sir, As a young graduate It has been always my dream to be a part of this organization, So if I am selected. It will be my pleasure and I assure that I give my level best. And If you recognize my work and potential, I will be there with you always as long as you want me to stay in this company. OR Dear sir, Every Look look for their bright future, healthy work environment, good salary, job satisfaction, and I am pretty sure that your company give such thing so I don’t need to change this company.

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:- 15. Are not you overqualified for this position?

:- Thank you for your perception about me but I think I am qualified for this post but not overqualified because I am just a beginner and have lots more to learn. I think qualification is not only a matter of theoretical knowledge or results; it also depends on practical knowledge and learning. When I will get practical knowledge then I would consider myself just a well-qualified not overqualified. Because learning never ends. Or Sir, if am overqualified for this position then I don’t think there is any harm to the organization or to my colleague as extra knowledge can be utilized somewhere at some point of time.

:- 16. Describe your ideal company, locatiozn and job.

:- Sir, An ideal company is one where I can utilize my skills and abilities and can gain more knowledge. An ideal job is one which gives self satisfaction to me. Location does not matter. I can work at any place as I can adapt to any new environment. Or Sir, In my opinion any company can be a ideal company if it the company and its employees helps each other in mutual development. And as far as location is concerned, when I am out for a job, location is not a constraint to me. And talking about job, the ideal job for me will be that job with which I can be happy while I am working.

:- 17. What are your career options right now?

:- My career options right now is the selection in your company through my efficient and positive interview. If selected, I will do my best in the interest of the organisation and if rejected then, I will try my luck again to reappear for the interview after practicing again for communication skills.

:- 18. Explain how would be an asset to this organization?

:- Employees are the Asset of the company because company growth depend on the employee’s hard working, smartness and dedication.

:- 19. What are your outside interests?

:- Sir / mam. To be frank my outside interest is everything what an ordinary man will love to do but one thing that matters for me is I give my 100 % to every such activity. Or My outside interests are hanging out with friends, listening songs, net surfing and being a girl I love shopping, travelling and many more.

:- 20. Would you lie for the company?

:- Sir/madam. Sorry but I won’t lie for the company because according to me lying is only the tool which help us to escape the current situation, but one day later we have to face it, with some more consequences. So its better to face it today and find the solution. But in future if company will get benefit from my lie then I will tell a lie for the company but on a condition that I will lie without affected thousands of people.

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:- 21. Who has inspired you in your life and why?

:- Challenges inspired me most because challenges make our life interesting they prepare us to fight with our career, every step of life whether we are a student or an adult and more over we are old. It is a key to success if we want to reach at highest peak it will be done by accepting challenges OR I am not going to say about any great personalities, great freedom fighters etc. I am very much inspired by my mother because she is hard worker, she always thinks in a positive manner and she always thinks about her family and she supports everyone in my family and whatever she knows she teaches to everyone and she is very respectful. She always says to me that never hurt anyone in your life, love everyone. She always says do not go in a wrong path choose right path. And she always says that be self confident in every task.

:- 22. What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?

:- I don’t know what’s the meaning of tough decision. I believe that everything is tough if you Lazy about it. And, Everything is easy if you are Crazy about it. & I seriously don’t know how much crazy I am.

:- 23. Have you considered starting your own business?

:- As a fresher I don’t think so. To be a good businessman 1st we must be a good employee. Now I want to be a good employee by improving my skills by taking some risks. After that basing on my interest I will think about it.

:- 24. How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?

:- Success is a journey not a destination. If our today is better than yesterday then we have succeeded. We can’t measure success because it is a dimensionless quantity.

:- 25. If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?

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:- Yes I will continue working in my organization because I am not working only for money I do this job because I love to work. And lottery don’t give me inner peace which I get from my salary which earned by my hard work

:- 26. Tell me something about our company.

:- Sir. Before attending this interview I have gathered lots of information about our organization. After summarize the all facts about our organization my opinion is like this:. It is one of the most reputed IT company in the world. The infrastructure & Working Environment is splendid. Our organization having good payroll system. It provides free medical facility to all employee. Lastly the main fact is every employee having the partner of success of organization Or This question is not at all tough to answer just go through company profile and frame few good points about company, company chairman, MD. One thing current project company working on and moreover company’s contribution on particular sector. Keeping these points in view one can easily give best answer to this question. A good answer will reflect that yes, you are interested in particular company. All the best for your interview.

:- 27. How much salary do you expect?

:- Salary is matter for experience candidates. I’am fresher I want to improve my skills and knowledge in the corporate world. And I am expecting salary to fulfill my economical needs.

:- 28. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

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:- I see myself sitting comfortably in your chair and asking someone else the same question!

:- 29. On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer

:- Sir, as a fresher I don’t think I am in a position to rate you, as it is a part of interview I have your question, I will rate you 9 out of 10, 8 for your friendly nature and your way of comforting me and 1 for your honesty of asking such a question to a person who is less qualified and less experienced than you and I have deducted 1 because no one is perfect. Thank you.

:- 30. Do you have any questions for me?

:- Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity :). According to you what are the qualities that new employee should must have?
and which are the qualities that I have from that?
And sir would you like to give me any suggestions or advice?

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