Interview Questions:Simple Preparation Tips (2019 Update)

All interviewees have to be prepared with some of the interview questions frequently asked in interviews. The best way to prepare may involve going through these questions and trying to come up with suitable answers to these questions.It is not enough to prepare the answers to these questions but to also write down the answers and practice answering the interview questions.In the article below we will suggest some easy answers and tricky answers to the interview questions.In some cases we have given a couple of examples that were relevant to some interview scenarios.Try your level best to take these and adapt them to your experience.

Some people may try to rely on spontaneity for these simple questions and it may or may not work during interview pressure.The best suggestion is to try and write the answers and practice these questions and answers in front of the mirror.Practicing in front of the mirror can help us self evaluate the body language.Believe it or not body language plays a huge role in clearing the interview. Let us start by looking at the common questions and answers to these questions

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      Interview Questions
    1. What are your strengths?
    2. What are your weaknesses?
    3. Why do you want to join our organization?
    4. What would your business card read say in 5 years time?
    5. Why are you looking for a job change?
    6. Can you explain the gaps in your resume
    7. Name a couple of qualities you would like to change about yourself?
    8. Things to note in answering interview question
  • What are your strengths?

    This questions throws light on whether you have judged yourself well and are able answer clearly to the question.Go on and prove that you have done your homework.

    Common response by an interviewee: This may be the first question in an interview or atleast one of the questions in the initial stages of the interview.Talking about your strengths is one of the best ways to establish a good impression on the interviewer.

    From the interviewer's point:This question is used to judge the interview candidate's capability and confidence.The interviewer can assess the potential of the candidate and try to drive the course of the interview by asking more relevant questions during the interview.

    Ensure you do not respond saying “I am sincere” , “I am committed”, “I am hard working”. These are not your strengths .These are the basic answers anyone will give.

    “I am a micro manager” “I am strong in mental calculations” “I am a good people analyser” “I have strong observatory skills” “I have excellent communication abilities” “good in story telling - continue telling a short story”

    Spontaneous answer for the question: As a professional,we will obviously have a great idea about our strengths.We can talk about some problem or office scenario that we had solved using our qualities.The advantage is that we not only are describing the exact quality but the usage of that quality in solving a real life organizational problem.

  • What are your weaknesses?

    Strength and weaknesses come in pairs .This is one way to show how we have made significant improvement and trying to correct our flaws.Talking about your weaknesses is the best way to show,how we tried transforming all our flaws into our biggest strengths.
    Your strategy: If you do not want to list any weakness, say politely that you are generally well behaved and enjoy a good interpersonal relationship – no particular weakness either noticed by me or indicated by my colleagues or superiors or even family members. This is a very subtle way of not getting into the question and avoiding listing your weaknesses.

    In case of stating a weakness make sure it does make your position in the interview complicated.This question should be handled with care as we do not want to keep defending our weaknesses for the rest of the interview process.

    Don't say things like you are weak in communication . This may actually get you eliminated from the interview as communication is a key aspect in some of the roles (be it sales, marketing or HR). you could choose a weakness that is not directly relevant to the job profile you are being interviewed for.

    Sample answer: If you are interviewing for the post of an accountant, it is okay to say that your language skills are not very good. Though they do not hamper the discharge of your duties in any significant manner, Add that you are working to address this weakness because you realize that good language skills are necessary at work and if not today at a later date when you grow higher in career.
    All said and done it is still better not to get into such topics as we would end up wasting time in defending our answers in every go.

  • Why do you want to join our organization?

    They check whether you have done your home work of understanding the position applied for and some basics about relevance of your application itself.
    I am sure you have done your home work of googling the prospective employer and understood their requirements . No verbose answers are necessary while answering these questions.

    We can go ahead and do some research on the organization before the interview and find the current trends or businesses that they have been investing in so that we can make some conversation about our interests aligning with companies interests.The conversation can also be like how my dedication to the work would be enhanced due to similar interests.

    Look at the official company site to get various information about their new developments and projects.Try using the terminologies used in their website to make them aware that you have done your homework.

    The answer to the question can be as follows

    I have specialized in Engineering during my graduation (post graduation). Your organization is one of the few who could use these skills and hence when I heard about a possible assignment with you, here I am ready to take up the challenge in your organization.

  • What would your business card read say in 5 years time?


    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    This question is to check if you are ambitious and goal oriented

    This questions is tricky but also a very good way to express the goal oriented thinking and vision that you have for yourself.If a person can think 5 years down the line in a company means that the person not only is trying to stay but also achieve long time goals for self and the organization.

    “I would certainly expect to grow with this Organization by standing upto your expectations. Since I am not aware of the hierarchy here, my performance and your judgment and the opportunities that come my way will decide my career progression here”.

  • Why are you leaving your previous company?


    Why are you looking for a job change?

    The question seems simple but is a very good way to judge the character of a person.The answer to the question tries to see if you will bad mouth your previous employer just because you are getting a better or new opportunity.

    The reason for leaving a company may be anything but understand that it makes no sense to express your emotions .Try to keep it very professional about the new opportunities or options you want to pursue.

    If your industry is down and you've been laid off, tell the truth. Better be open and honest (they generally know the industry and probably about your current employer). If you are suffocating because of non-promotion / bosses, be careful – they would tell you that this could happen here also.

    You can try answering the question in the following manner:
    "I have put in a number of years in my current organization, performed well and risen through the ranks. Unfortunately four of my senior batches occupy the next levels. Now that this opportunity is there and I know that your Organization is sturdy as my own, I would like to take up the challenge”

  • Can you explain thegapsin your resume

    Explanation for questions like these may get tricks as the various scenarios we will give are subject to be cross examined by the interviewer.The gaps in your resume could have been due to many reasons and we know for a fact that the reasons would be valid.The best thing we can do about these gaps is to be prepared with an explanation for the gap that was caused in the resume.

    Avoid any casual answers in where you wanted to chill for sometime or you were just bored of working.The above answer could be better delivered as taking some time for myself to unwind from a very hectic year end work schedule.

    It is better to write down the answers to all the questions that pop up in your head when you are trying to go over the scenarios in your head.Practice these questions very well as the probability of interviewers asking these questions is very high.To be thorough you can practice these questions in front of the mirror ,so that you become more aware about your body language as well when delivering the answer to these questions.

    The reason of importance for these questions is that today the market is competitive out there.The other questions that are being asked are reasons to select a candidate.Questions like these are to reject a candidate.The process has become a process of elimination rather than a process of selection.This is what happens where there are a lot of candidates and very few vacancies to be filled.

    They are slick interviewers and know before you start lying – hence it is wise to stick with the truth. If ousted, then tell the reason that strongly justifies your position but be cautious that it does not paint you in bad light either. If it is more than 3 months or 6 months, explain how you were busy upgrading your skills (or employed productively)

  • Name one or two areas that you would like to improve upon in your future career?


    Name a couple of qualities you would like to change about yourself?

    Talking about self improvement is a very good way by the interviewer to look at the self evaluation done by the candidate about himself or herself. Please think before answering these questions.Do not give answers like I have to concentrate more on work or things that may cause a negative impact on interview prospects.The answers to the question can be like "Have to reduce my obsession towards perfection,which sometimes leads me into spending more than required time on some of the tasks leading to disproportionate allocation of time among tasks".

    The above answer is a very good way of disguising your strength as a weakness.This way we are just rephrasing our strength in form of a weakness.

    This is a variant of the list your weaknesses question.

    "During my appraisal period last year, there was a mention that I could be little more assertive with my juniors. I have taken it in the right spirit and I am working out to be more assertive so that I would do even better manner”.

Things to note in answering interview question

It is not possible to single out questions or probes that might take place exactly in an interview. It is not possible to predict the exact questions or the flow of the interview but we can definitely be prepared for all the outcomes.

Try using the above points for the best. Be positive . The interview process is to assess what the candidate who knows the concepts and how well he articulates them .It is not a process where both parties waste time and energy to interview and reject candidates! Take care of the paraphernalia(things) below to make it fool-proof:

  1. Pick out the formal dress that gives you comfort and makes you relaxed.
  2. Making eye contact does not mean staring or looking down at them. Balance it.
  3. First impressions count. Do not extend your hand first – it will come from their side. .
  4. Avoid sharing overly personal information.
  5. Make sure to thank your interviewers in person.
  6. Go light, very light, on the perfume or cologne.