Interview for college pass outs or graduates or freshers usually happen in campus or off campus.Interview questions for freshers are a bit difficult as compared to others.Freshers are asked Interview questions that will test the confidence and basic concepts more than anything.Questions are meant to check the presence of mind and articulation of thoughts by interviewee .
The questions for the interview are not standard may vary from interviewer to interviewer.It is good for the interviewee to be prepared with the common interview questions from other interviews.Most common Interview questions talk about one's strengths,weakness,skill set, graduation details or college details and there can be some questions based on hobbies or personal interests.
At the beginning of the interview process, this is a simple question.The purpose of the question is to start a conversation and make you feel comfortable.The answer should not be a short one like a yes or no.The answer should be a short and crisp one lasting around 30 seconds.
Here the panel is trying to ease my tension and sort of ice breaking into the process.Try to slip in some details and try to make conversation in case possible and ask them how they are ?.This way instead of it being a question and answer session it becomes a conversation.
Tell me about your strength is the question in which we can express all our strengths .Make sure that the answer is a mix of both professional and personal traits.In personal traits, talk about all the qualities that will help you secure the position.
Do not talk about qualities like being compassionate or easy going.The qualities are good to have but these qualities are not going to help you in securing the job. The best decision is to talk about qualities that lead you to a longer conversation in which you can talk about your personal experiences from the past.
Talk about dedication or diligence and also quote some very good examples where you were able to exhibit the traits.The examples should be neither long or short.Make a small narration with a nice ending.It will help if you can prepare and practice because these are the things that can be used even in some other part of the interview.Some examples of personal qualities are
In case of professional traits we will be able to give examples of teamwork or dedication that were able to materialize and give financial benefits to the organization that you worked for. some examples of professional traits are
First-The example can be about the various accomplishments that have been achieved and has been used to evaluate due to the adoption of the goal oriented approach
Second-The example can be about the factors of evaluation were significant to indicate the failure of an approach.It was good that we evaluated based on the goal and were able to minimize our losses in case the goal is not reached.The learnings from the approach were priceless and made us better at our jobs
Identify all the strengths that you have personally and professionally and list them down.Some examples of strength are sincerity,diligence etc
List down things that you think may be a negative factor in making you a good professional.Examples-Procrastination
Look at the various things that you could do to improve your current situation
Look out for things that may lead to the replacement of your current position.Example-Automation
What are your weaknesses is the question to assess the clarity a person has about one's self.
Please do not say things like I short tempered
This question is the best opportunity for a person to slip in his strengths as weaknesses.The Trick is to disguise all the not mentioned strengths as weaknesses.
One such example is- You can claim to be a person who has problems letting go of or delaying work and try to prioritize and finish it at the earliest.This looks like a weakness but,what you are saying is the amount of dedication you possess is unmatched.
Second example is- You can claim that you are a perfectionist and like to get things done to perfection.This is something that you consider a boon and bane.The problem with being perfectionist is that you would not want to spend only the allocated time but you want to calibrate the completion of work based on the quality of work done and not on the time spent on a specific task.This does lead to quality of work being above the requested standard but also leads to the elongation of tasks past the stipulated time causing you to put in more working hours to avoid breaching deadlines.
This question is to assess the expectations that you might have from the new job.This is a trick question.Be very careful while stating your expectation.The answer can be around the new growth opportunities or an array of opportunities that can be opened.Never bad mouth your previous employer.Most of us have the tendency to speak about the monotonous nature of the current work or position.
The problem is that the interviewer feels that if you can bad mouth your current company then you will bad mouth this company in future.
The most subtle way of saying is that you want to change companies is that the current position has become a comfort zone in which you are very comfortable and are not willing to learn new things.The reason for change is that you want to keep challenging yourself with different things in order for you to adapt and accomplish any task at hand.
You can come up with things like this in which you say that you want to leave your previous company without saying anything bad about it .
I would not say that these are indicated in my biodata, copy of which is available with you. Here, they are trying to assess whether I can comfortably communicate or do I fumble in the process.
Though touching upon CV is ok, do not repeat what is stated there verbatim. This cannot go beyond 2 minutes (rehearse this at home at leisure)
As the case may be. Do not say that was the only group offered to me. The panel wants to assess that whether you have adapted to the course after joining or justify doing the course to yourself – rather than even after completing the course, you are still regretting….. Ensure to indicate positives of the choice rather than “x” pushed “y” pushed me to do this course. But you can always say (if you have decent communication skills which I presume you have) that though initially after joining, I had a black out but once the topic (whatever you chose) emerged beautifully through the teachers’ coaching style and also my inner self urging me to open up, I have started putting more heart and soul into it and here I am… Never throw in the towel saying that I somehow finished degree/diploma and looking for employment opportunities. This is not well received by the panel.
Respond carefully to this. If you have already applied for and are expecting results shortly, better tell them so in case you expect positive results. In case it was not attempted whole heartedly, then proceed with the interview. Very clearly you should tell them how your ambition to further your career / studies will not hamper your joining them and working for them uninterrupted. You may diplomatically explain – had discussions with my parents(elders). I agree with them in that my further studies can be in the same line as that of your Institution and that with your permission would go in for that. Even otherwise, you could / should tell them that at least for the next 5 years, I have no intention of joining any professional course.
Here 5 years is the catch. If it is one or two years, they may hesitate. 5 years is a good stretch for mutual benefit of you and the prospective employer – you having learnt would have given back something to the employer and for him that with solid 5 years you should pursue your career goal or even change your mind to continue working and not bothering to go catch your studies.
There may not be any individual assignment – atleast in the initial stages? They are testing whether you can mix with people and about your interpersonal relationship. You should narrate instances where as team member, your team excelled in areas – your role in that.
Your capacity to mingle with different cultural background because the colony you live in is cosmopolitan. You can always quote your family set up – joint family where people respect individualism but work towards common goal.
Here they want to know your career ambition / goals. Do not have the temerity to say that “I would be in your seat”. Though it is laughed off, it bites the panel generally. I would respond indicating that without knowing the internal policies of moving up, without knowing the level I would be functioning and level of my seniors, it would be premature for me to guess a position.
I would give it a best shot and ensure that the Management notices my contribution and take care of me personally and professionally. This would please them certainly.
In case you are an active member of the project team, then start delving into the intricacies. If you were a silent partner to the project, do not even broach the topic and indicate it was a collective project and you had helped only at the back-end and escape.
Simple question(relevant to the subject studied) If it is a definition, narrate the definition and try and give a live example if you know. If it is a definition, you do not know since studied very year in college – tell them so. Ask for permission to try - it is not automatic permission – take permission and start describing the process. At one time, if i feel I am beating round the bush, I would stop and say “ sorry ” politely and move on.
Recap what has happened – Self introspection of the process. Your personal impression – rate your performance Where you did extremely well? Where you fumbled? Is it because of basic weakness or situation? – analyze Possible to correct it – work on it immediately Where did the HR person score? – to make me fumble? Where was he highly impressive and expressed also – hold on to it tightly If this itself is a success, relish, enjoy and keep it in good memory box If this did not work well, find the weakness, work on them and do well the next time.