On popular demand from the readers, we are bringing out the supplementary list of questions that are likely to be asked from you in an interview. This is a follow-up article for – “How to face the job interview”, which was published in the end of Feb’16. Here we have checked the interview patterns across various industries and prepared the list to make it easier for you to prepare for the interview. Here is the session of question and answers:
What is your weakness? While you may be able to speak impromptu about your strength, the answer to your weakness has to be well thought. If you are going for a maintenance job, your incapability to analyse breakdowns cannot be your weakness. In such a case you should be looking for a job other than maintenance. The right statement would be that you can manage up to three breakdowns at the same time but you are incapable of handling more than three.
What are you doing about it? Before the interviewer puts this question, you should actually be continuing with your strategy to cover your weakness. You intend to target the root cause and reduce the breakdowns by preventive and predictive maintenance. You are already doing an online certification course on predictive maintenance techniques which will be over in another three months. A person in HR can be doing an online course in communication in order to cover his weakness in the said area.
Why did you choose this profession? A question like this may completely puzzle you. If you are prepared you can answer it very well. You were inspired by a neighbour who is at the level of a vice president in a multi-national company. He happens to be an MBA from a private university but has worked hard in the company to move up the ladder. He has been your guiding force and you did B. Com with MBA from a well-known university in order to follow his career path. Through the campus placement, you joined as a management trainee in a manufacturing industry and you have gained experience in finance. You now want to join the interviewing company and continue your foray into finance and business management.
If you are made the CEO what are the three things that will give you sleepless nights? If you are the CEO and you have to run the company, you need to have a good sleep in the night. You will ensure that the issues and problems are resolved within the day. You will set up a team to handle the unresolved issues if any before you leave the office. You will also ensure that the difficult and problematic issues are given priority and are resolved in your presence. You will only tolerate an occasional disturbance in the night for an emergency issue requiring your approval.
If you are allowed to change one thing, what would it be? This question has to be answered practically with a doable solution. It must also be commensurate with your level, in the organization. Do not give silly answers like – I will automate everything and everyone will be working from home. The person appearing for HOD Finance interview can say that I will work on reducing the interest rates on the loans taken by the company. This is possible with relevant experience and may save the company lakhs of rupees. A person appearing for an AM job in HR may talk about improving the performance evaluation system. He must have taken a certification course or have prior experience in this activity, to be able to say this.
The list of the interview questions is seemingly endless, but we have provided you with the typical ones in the two articles. Sometimes the forms of the question changes and you have to be sharp enough to make it out. For example – What is your unique selling proposition (USP); what is the area of your strength; and do you want to be a jack of all trades and master of none – all point to the same answer and that is your skill set. Be relaxed and comfortable in the interview and learn to decipher the question that the interviewer is asking. Tell him that you do not understand and he will put the question in an easier way. All the best for your interview!
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