Monday, November 21, 2016

Favourite questions during interview & how to provide a desirable answer

I am about to give a cheat sheet on answering interview questions. More often than not, interviewers have a set of questions that they love to ask. Some questions have been paraphrased, but they still mean the same. And these are the tricked questions where interviewers can assess your attitude at work:

Where do you see yourself in (5) years?

Wrong answer:

  • I want to earn RMXXXXX per month. 
  • I want to be (insert high position) of this company. 

Correct answer:

  • I want to be expert in (fill in the blank) and lead a team of (fill in the blank) where I can contribute further in this company.
  • I want to be expert in (fill in the blank) and move on to learn about (fill in the blank) so I can diverse my skills and knowledge.

What are your weaknesses?

Wrong answer:
There are a lot of wrong answers for this questions. Consider this as a trap question. Many people fail when they answer this question truthfully.

Correct answer:
As a fresh graduate mention that you have very little experience. If you are applying for a big company and have never worked in one before, mention that you have never worked in a big organization and need some exposure and time to adjust yourself.

What is your hobby

Wrong answer:
When you answer truthfully - playing games, watching television, listening to music - these activities make you look like you are a lazy bump. If you love traveling, it makes you look like you are going to take a long time off in between work.

Correct answer:
Reading. Mention the reading materials that related to your work. For example, if you are applying for a job as an engineer, you should be reading materials related to engineering.
Catching up with friends - this will portray that you have good communication skills and love to be around other people.

Have you heard about us?

Wrong answer:
Never lie. If you have not heard about the company, say no. Or reveal how much you know about the company. Best practice is to research about the company before you attend the interview.

Correct answer:
If you know about the company, say yes and go on to explain what you understand about the company's operation. If you are not sure, just ask.

If you encounter any questions during interview that you are not sure how to answer them, please leave you comment. I shall get back to you shortly. 

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