to tackle the question answer drill
you know your subject and are technically qualified for the job
– all you have to do now is get through the interview. To face
the interview with confidence, you must know what the interviewer
is looking for. The basic points most interviewers look for are
intelligence, motivation, personality, knowledge and experience.
interviewer will seek to examine your analytical skills, self-confidence,
poise, stability, persistence, maturity, quantitative skills,
job interests and relevant experience, social perceptiveness,
goals and objectives, energy, ability to communicate, organisational
skills, and ambition.
will also be evaluated on how you answer, how well you
organise your thoughts, how relevant your answers are, the intellectual
skills you have developed and the natural abilities you may
possess to handle the job.
your knowledge of the subject may be unmatched, remember that
the interviewer is examining your temperament, your ability
to work with other people, and the factors that motivate you.
So you may find yourself faced with questions that seem quite
unconnected to the job!
this is your first job/ first interview, here are some of the
main areas most interviewers will cover:
were the subjects you enjoyed most/ did well in?
made them easy or difficult?
interests and ambitions?
for the veterans, here’s a list of the most frequently asked
is the reason for leaving your previous job?
you mention some of your achievements in your previous job(s)?
skills did you bring to your previous job(s), and how have you
has been the progress you have made in your previous job? Were
you satisfied with it?
you are leaving your present job because of `limited opportunity
for advancement’, did you talk with your boss about possibilities
for growth within the firm?
were the drawbacks of your previous job(s)?
you are given a chance to relive your previous job, how differently
will you tackle it?
us about your reporting relationship? Who were your subordinates
and how many of them reported to your boss?
do you see yourself five years from now?
are your long-term career goals?
have you prepared yourself to meet these goals?
you have any role models? If yes, what did you learn from them?
terms of salary, what are your expectations from this job?
the job you are seeking
do you want to work in our organisation?
do you see in this assignment that was not available to you
in your previous assignment?
is your opinion about late hours?
would you evaluate this organisation as a place to grow in?
do you feel about relocation/ travel?
you have any hobbies, other interests?
are your strengths and weaknesses? List two in each category?
are the types of problems you had while working with colleagues
and how did you overcome it ?
did you manage the working style of your boss in your previous
you tell us about successful activities initiated by you at
frustrates you the most? How do you deal with these things?
me situations where you are comfortable working under stress
do you plan to balance your professional and work life?
confident are you about reaching the career goals, which you
have set for yourself?
you prefer working with others or alone
out some factors that help you perform better at the job?
do you prioritise your work activities?
you receive feedback from your superiors? If yes, would you
like to share it with us ?
me about yourself?
me about your family
you want to ask me any questions?
of these questions can be anticipated and so preparing the right
answers is a task by itself. On the final day ensure that your
answers are spontaneous and do not sound prepared.
why don’t you conduct a mock interview and rate yourself. First,
set aside an hour of your time. Read out each question and answer
them one by one. Rate your performance. Set stringent standards
the end of the drill, identify and improve upon your weak areas.