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Interview Tips – Common Interview Questions And Mistakes

Interview Tips - Common Interview Questions And Mistakes
Interview Tips - Common Interview Questions And Mistakes
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Kumar Sunil

Dreamer & Enthusiast

Creative. One word says it all for Sunil. A engineer, an enthusiastic and conscientious Information Technology consultant by profession, Sunil shares a special interest with entrepreneurship and lifestyle.

The first impression is your last impression, they say. And, an interview is the best situation to experiment this one line. Your single mistake will force your interviewer to overlook your skills or resume.

Qualification can get you a chance, but the performance that you deliver in an interview decides whether you are going to be hired or not. I am an entrepreneur myself, and I deal with aspirant candidates on daily basis. Most candidates think, it is their qualification or work experience that makes the difference. But, the reality is somewhat different. Nowadays, employers are more concerned about your attitude and approach. Unbeknownst to many of you, the primary reason behind your rejection is the casualness shown when answering the most common interview questions. Today, I would like to share some great interview tips with you.

Common Interview Questions

What Are Your Weaknesses?

Countless time, I have seen candidates struggling with this question. Instead of making a confession here, most of the candidates prefer hiding it.

One among other funniest answers that I get to read – “I am a workaholic and I cannot sit idle.” This is indeed a smart answer because you are trying to tell your strength and weakness in one sentence. However, this is not going to impress, most of the recruiters.

This question is your chance to confess a weakness that you think is directly related to your productivity. An employer is not interested in your personal weaknesses, but professional.

The smartest answer to this question I ever heard – “I lose my patience when I see things are not evolving the way they should be. And, secondly, when people play ping-pong with their responsibilities by blaming others for their own mistakes. In that case, it becomes very difficult for me to hide my feelings, and I lose my cool. For that I am taking anger management classes.”

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Why Do You Think We Should Hire You

This is one among other most common interview questions. And, 8 out of 10 times, candidates’ answer is wrong.

“I think this job is the natural step that I have to take in my career.” “I applied because this will help me develop in this market.”

I do not want to discourage you, but while you are narrating stories about what you want for you, the recruiter in front of you is more interested in the profits that he is going make after hiring you.

Instead of focusing on your benefits, try to tell your recruiter about the benefits that you will be buying for the organization.

Why You Left Your Previous Company

This seems a very strange question. 9 out of 10 people lie about this question. The most common replies are – “company shifted to another location or company changed its business profile or family problems.”

But, do you think, an employer is going to buy your lies? Not at all. For any business, changing its location or business profile is not easy, especially when it is about big companies.

When asked this question, an employer is not at all interested in your reason, but the honesty of your answer. We all know that the most common reasons for leaving an organization are – salary, corporate conflicts, career confusions, or shift in life priority.

Most people say, “how about not answering this question?” Well, not answering a question is also not going to help in any way, but it is going to raise even more questions. Be honest and do not fake it.

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Why Do You Want This Job

Instead of making it an answer revolving around the company, they make it personal.

“I want this job because I am very needy. I am going through a tough time. I really need to support my family.”

Dear candidates! For this situation, I just have one tip for you all; “let us keep our personal problems out of the interview.”

Do You Have A Question?

At the end of the interview, it’s your turn to ask questions. Under any circumstance, do not say that you have no question.

Do ask anything that worries you the most or something that is directly associated with your productivity. Instead of asking about holidays, you should ask about the methodologies of work or ‘authority and responsibilities’ hierarchy.

Common Interview Mistakes

Apologizing For A Late Arrival

Punctuality is a must. Most of the time, I come across resumes with punctuality as a candidate’s strength. And, when they are called for an interview, 80% of them arrive late. Being a recruiter, this is the first turn-off for me. Regardless of how qualified you are, if you are not respecting time, how are you going to respect the deadlines?

My suggestion is – instead of reaching late and feeling sorry, find the balance between too early and too late. Do not let the first impression be questioned.

Seeking Permission To Answer Call

This is the mistake number two. The interview is nothing less than a serious discussion about your career. And, if you think picking up a phone call in the middle of this discussion is more important, then, trust, you are losing your chance; an employer might not be interested in you.

When you seek permission to answer the call, an employer will obviously not refuse. But, by doing so, the message you pass on about your interest in the job is quite clear. Make your choice wisely.

The crux is – interview is about your participation in the growth of an organization. The interviewer is seriously not concerned about your personal issues.

If you think, the interviewer is not only concerned about your technical expertise, and not your attitude and approach, then you are gravely mistaken.