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7 Commonly asked Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Interview is the most stressful step in job searching. Questions asked during interview can make candidates go blank.

Interview questions are kind of tool used by the interviewer to understand candidate and determine his suitability for the job. Every interviewer has a set of questions that will help them to judge the self confidence, behavioral qualities towards interviewers, knowledge depth and the level of awareness of the candidate.

How to prepare for the interview 

Sometimes interviewer ask probing questions that provide candidate an opportunity to share his opinion. This kind of question helps candidate to express himself and get keep his point of view in front of interviewer. 
Such questions may not be necessarily from the CV or work experience. They can be asked referring to the current affairs. So, it's always important to understand the question before answering. Whatever you are going to reply make sure you keep up the reason for your statement ready.

Every interviewer is different. Some might ask probing questions whereas other interviewers may ask odd questions that can confuse you. Such questions are asked to judge how much the candidate is mentally prepared, alertness and consistency in thinking and how well he can handle the conversation. Most of the time, confusing questions are asked from candidate's CV or from the statement he or she made in the conversation. 
It is important to understand the importance of content from your resume. Many get rejected because on the CV they mention many things, out of which some they do not have experience. So whenever you are going to mention skills or achievements in the resume, make sure you truly have knowledge about it.

Below I have mentioned some commonly asked questions and how you can get prepared for them. 

1. Tell me about yourself

This is a typical question, which is asked almost by every interviewer. This question is considered as introducing yourself to the interviewer and draw you out of initial nervousness and get comfortable. 
While answering this question, the answer should be composed of academic background, skills you learned and how are those skills relevant for your work. Do not repeat the same information which is mentioned in your resume. Prepare answer for this question in advance and make sure it is at least two minutes long. 

2. Where do you see yourself in next five years? 

This type of question is asked during interview to understand your short-term and long-term goals. Therefore, you have to clearly prepare a suitable answer. Make sure the answer is reflecting your positive outlook for your growth and better future. Convey the message that your promotion will be through hard work and not through influence.

3. What is your strength and weakness? 

Well, everyone has some strength and weak points. No one is perfect. The logic behind asking this question during interview is to understand whether the candidate has realization of his strengths and weaknesses.
Never answer no and never feel shy or uncomfortable to share your strengths. Always provide strengths that are work-related. No matter how small they are, once you have used your talent for the benefit of the company, It does makes a difference. For weaknesses, always be real, but choose which is not connected with your work life or weaknesses that won't harm your job. 

4. Are you willing to relocate? 

During candidate selection process, companies generally advertise such details in the requirement. So whoever they are going to interview are based on their ability for relocation. Company business are normally spread across the country and they do transfer their employee to other state in required situation. Do not mention that relocation is not needed in this job. This might bring your resume in rejected applications. So do prepare yourself well. If you are already relocated to your current place then relocation shouldn't be a problem. But if your are not wiling to relocate in future  then prepare your answer by mentioning your commitments that don't allow you to relocate.

5. Are you comfortable to sign a contract with our company?

We all are aware that according to Labor law's, it's illegal and no firm has authority to make their employee to sign a contract. This question is asked during interview to judge the seriousness of the candidate. They try to make sure that by going ahead with you in case of selection, it won't be their waste of time, efforts and money. They look for someone who will be working with them for a long-term and won't leave the job quickly. In such situations, only mention your commitment towards your job and how serious about the career. Try to understand the motive behind the question asked by the interviewer.

6. How will you resolve disputes and handle conflicts? 

During Interview, interviewer will put forward a situation where they want to know how good you are at problem solving. So, they ask a question, presuming you are selected and you face some conflict or issue which demands you to resolve dispute.
We all know that, in a company there are hundreds of employee and each department has minimum 10 employee. So none of the thinking of the two employees will be same. Your reply to this question should depict that you welcome alternate perspectives and you respect other's opinion. If any dispute arises, you both will discuss and resolve the issue among yourself without involving higher authorities.

7. What interests you?

In interview, interviewer tries to find out how you are in professional as well as in personal life. So sometimes they ask questions about your interest, liking or your contribution towards social life. Share the roles you play in your personal life.
If you are a member of any committee or community. You can also mention any award or acknowledgment won for any social activities. This will depict you are an active and social person.

How to answer Interview questions

Questions asked by interviewer to the candidates will be the same, but how candidate replies to those questions matter.

Here are some tips which can guide you on how you can answer interview questions.

1. Avoid giving answers such as yes or no expand your replies while being concise and avoid unnecessary information sharing which is irrelevant.
2. If asked for your opinion, always support it by giving reasons.
3. While expressing your view point, express in such a way that even the interviewer will get convinced.
4. Always say yes to the questions relating to the job responsibilities. Everyone has experience in managing something or if you don't have strong experience then say, you handle this work independently in absence of my boss. It gives idea that you believe in learning and you are good at grasping knowledge.

Did you attempt any interview? How was your experience? Please let us know in the comment box.

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