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General interview tips

 Posted On : May 6, 2017

General Interview Tips

Tell me about yourself
The most often asked question in interviews. Always have a short answer for this question but be careful that it should not look like already memorized. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present and elaborate the current one.

Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors or the organization. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

What experience do you have in this field?
Be aware of the organization and their work. Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, try to co relate your experience with their requirement.

Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. Always try to elaborate on your achievements.

What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job for which you have been called for interview. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be used. Relate it to your long-term career goals. Try not to mention those attributes which that organization does not have.

Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend if you have someone known since long.

How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: You should have to mention a long term engagement if mutually beneficial.

Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Be specific to your own attributes and its benefit for the organization. Avoid any comparison.