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Finance Sample Behavioural Interview Questions

2/02/2011 No Comment

Behavioral Interview Questions asked in Finance.

  1. Please tell us about yourself and also give a brief introduction about your candidature. What made you apply for this job? 
  2. Can you tell us why you left your previous job. Was there any friction with your former bosses and colleagues? 
  3. During your job career, have you ever encountered with issues and disputes related to management or with your subordinates? If yes, how do you deal with such critical situations and what are the steps you took to overcome it? 
  4. Describe a situation when you worked very hard for a project and was about to complete but at the same time management informed you to terminate this project. How did you convince the management at this time and what was the result? 
  5. Describe a situation when you faced lot of initial problems in adjusting with your staff, colleagues, clients and management? Give us the reason why this happened with you and what are the steps you took to overcome this? 
  6. During your job career, have you worked with a person whom you did not like because the person's behavior? Tell us how did you adjust with that person? 
  7. Tell us about your future plans. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 
  8. What are your expectations from our organization if you get the opportunity to work for us? 
  9. Our salary and perks are at par with market standards. However, depending on performance it can be adjusted accordingly. Do you agree with offered salary including perks? 
  10. The current job profile requires people who can take up big challenge. Do you have any questions regarding this job profile?

Preparation Tips for a Behavioral Interview

2/02/2011 No Comment

How to succeed in a Behavioral Interview.

One of the most challenging thing for a job seeker is to prepare for a behavioral interview. We are presenting an article how to effectively prepare for a behavioral interview.
  1. The first and the most important thing is that you should be familiar with the job for which you are going to be interviewed. Please ensure that you go through the advertisement or job description to find out and identify exactly what is needed, which are the main personal attributes and behaviors which will be the key for the role. When you are going to appear for a client interview, it is always recommended that you do a comprehensive research the company profile as well as any external information you can extract from the internet.
  2. The second thing is to ensure that you make a note of two or three examples for each personal attributes that will best illustrate your skills and capability - you may want to bring these into the interview so that you can mention maximum of them when asked. Remember that different organizations may require different personal attributes, even for the same position and hence it is necessary you do a research of the company and prepare accordingly.
  3. Provide them a comprehensive idea about the variety of experiences you have which will demonstrate your skills, abilities and expertise. A good story can also combine your work experience with non-work experience. You can provide them professional work experience, some interesting personal life experiences or some social or other situation. Be very open, be expressive and honest as much as possible about each experience that you would share.
  4. Another good technique is others helping you out - that is use examples of quotes from your manager and customers, like "My manager gave me a good performance appraisal, he liked the way I stepped in a critical time to get the job done within time", "My client praised me for offering solutions that helped them generate better results".
  5. Finally, the most important thing is to present a confident picture of yourself throughout the interview.  Always remember that your job is to connect well with the interviewer not to impress them. It is good to rehearse answers loud in your home so that during the interview you can confidently answer. You can also try some breathing techniques which will boost confidence.

Behavioral Interview Questions for Manager Positions

2/02/2011 No Comment

Managerial Behavioral Interview Questions

We are providing a list of sample behavioral-based interview questions expected in senior to managerial positions.
  • Describe a specific situation in your job career when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree but have to give the approval.
  • Describe a situation when you were faced with a stressful and challenging situation that enabled you to demonstrate your coping skills.
  • Can you describe us a situation when you used judgment, reasoning and your apt logic in solving a critical problem in your project.
  • Tell us a scenario where you were able to use your persuasive skills to successfully convince someone to agree to your ideas and views.
  • Explain us with a scenario how do you set a goal in your project and what are the steps you take to meet or achieve it within time.
  • There are challenging projects when you need to complete it within a deadline. Tell us about such time and project when you had to go beyond the call of duty in order to get a such a job done. How did you cope in such a situation?
  • Please describe us about a scenario when you had too many things to do and you were required to assign priority to your tasks. What steps did you take and how did you achieve this?
  • Tell us with an example of a time when you motivated your colleagues and sub-ordinates in your project.
  • At tough times, sometimes it becomes necessary to make an unpopular decision. Have you faced such a situation and how did you go about it?
  • Explain us about a time in which you had to use your fact-finding skills to solve a critical problem in your project.
  • Give us an example when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone's opinion. How effective was it?
  • At times you have to take tough decisions in a project. Describe a situation when you had to fire a friend from your project. How was the reaction of the project members?
  • Describe us with a specific example when you had tried something you tried to accomplish and failed. What are the learning from it and what are the precautions you would take in the future to avoid such failures?
  • Explain with a scenario when you delegated a project effectively.
  • Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
  • Please provide us an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead in your project.
  • Describe us with a specific example where you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you. What steps did you take to handle such a situation?
  • Explain what is your typical way of dealing with a conflict? Describe with an example.
  • Describe with an example of a important situation when  you are required to write a document within a specific period of time.
  • Please describe us about a scenario when you successfully motivated your peers and sub-ordinates for a challenging project.

HR Interview Question Answers Collection

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70 Tough Behavioral Interview Questions

1/29/2011 1 Comment

70 Tough Behavioral Interview Questions  and how To Effectively Prepare For A Behavioral Interview.

Ability to cope under pressure

  1. Can you describe us a situation when you were stressful but you demonstrated your ability to cope under pressure.
  2. Tell us a scenario where you had to deal with a extremely difficult client or customer. Explain how you handled that situation.
  3. Describe a specific time where you managed to remain calm and composed and delivered in a stressful situation.

Adaptability, flexibility and change

  1. Explain a situation when there was a major change or implementation at your area of work, and how you adapted to it.
  2. Describe about a time in your project where you had to adapt to a difficult situation and how did you respond to it.
  3. Describe a situation in which it required you to adjust to changes over which you had very little of control.
  4. Tell us about a situation when you had to learn something completely new in a short duration of time. How did you achieve success in it?

Conflict Management

  1. Please describe us about a scenario where you were required to work alongside a co-worker even when you did not get along with the co-worker personally.
  2. Give us an example where you disagreed with the higher management or with your manager on a certain point. What did you do and what was the result?
  3. Explain us about a situation when you really found it difficult to build rapport and a good business relationship with a client/customer or with manager and colleagues?  How did you overcome it
  4. Describe a situation in which you had to take a tough stance and separate the person from the issue when you were working to resolve issues.

Decision-making Skills

  1. Describe about the most difficult decision you have had to make in your project.
  2. Describe a situation when you are required to analyze information and then make a concrete recommendation. How did you arrive at a decision ?
  3. What alternatives did you consider for this decision making process
  4. Tell us with an example of a time when you had to make a quick decision with limited information available.

Effective Communication and Interpersonal skills

  1. Tell us a situation in which you were able to persuade to successfully convince client or customer of your point of view.
  2. Describe us a time when you had to make an important presentation to a customer.
  3. Give us an example of a time when you had to present some complex information. How did you ensure that everyone concerned is understood.
  4. Explain us about a situation when you had a negotiation with a key stakeholder. What was the outcome of the negotiation?
  5. Tell us a time where you are required to create an important written document for a client.
  6. Describe us with an example of a time when you successfully motivated your peers and sub-ordinates.
  7. Explain us about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to arrive at an important point.
  8. Describe us an example of a time when you had made a terrible mistake because you did not listen carefully to the requirements.
  9. Give us an example of where when you communicated with a client or customer in written or in verbal form but it didn't turn out to be effective. What steps do you take so that the next time you had send out a communication,  it made more sense and sounded more effective?

Efficient Customer Service

  1. Give us an example where you went out of your way to help a customer to get thin work done. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  2. Describe an example of a situation when you had to deal with an angry customer. Tell us about the problem and what did you do to address it.
  3. Tell us a situation where you had to change and modify your approach for a customer in order to provide that customer exceptional customer service.

Effective Leadership Skills

  1. Please give us an example when you used your leadership skills to gain support for something for which there was strong opposition from every side. 
  2. Please tell me about a situation when you were forced to make an decision which was unpopular and met with resistance from different quarters. 
  3. Describe with an example how you were able to motivate, encourage and retain people within your team by appealing and attending to their individual interests? What are the skills you used for that? 
  4. Describe a scenario when you delegated a project successfully effectively. 
  5. Please tell us a situation where you had to keep subordinates and co-workers well informed about information which might affects their jobs. 
  6. Describe us about a situation where the performance of a member of your team is below expectations. What did you do to address the situation and what was the outcome? 
  7. Please tell us an example of a time in which you felt you were required to motivate and encourage your peers or subordinates at work. 
  8. Describe us about a specific development plan that you created on your own and carried out with peers or subordinates. What was the outcome of it, was it successful? 
  9. Tell us a situation where you have had to discipline a member of your team about his performance. 
  10. Please provide us an example where you had to take disciplinary action with someone who was under your supervision.

Goal and Objectives setting

  1. Tell us a about a situation where you tried to accomplish a certain goal but it resulted in a failure. What did you learn from mistakes and failures?
  2. Explain with an example of a time when you set a goal and objectives and achieved it successfully.

Integrity

  1. Describe us with a specific example when you had to conform to a policy of your organization with which you did not personally agree with. What did you do and were you satisfied?
  2. Please describe a scenario when you identified that a certain policy or procedure pertaining to your organization was not been adhered to at work.
  3. Tell us a about a specific situation when you had to handle a really difficult problem which concerns the ethical issues related to your organization.
  4. Explain with an example when you took responsibility for an failure or mistake and your were held personally accountable for the same.

Initiative

  1. Explain with an example when you had to go out of the way in order to get a job done successfully.
  2. Give us an example when you showed initiative and took the lead in your organization.
  3. Describe us with a specific example when you anticipated potential problems that may arise and what are preventive measure you undertook?
  4. Give us an example about a suggestion you made to improve and better the internal process. What was the outcome?
  5. Please tell us about a time when you came up with a creative solution pertaining to a problem at your project.
  6. Tell us about a situation where one of your ideas was implemented by higher management.
  7. Describe us about an innovation work that you have introduced into the organizational process.  How did you implement it and what approach did you follow?
  8. Describe us with a specific example when you identified a small problem and prevented it from becoming a big problem.

Logic and problem solving

  1. Describe us with a specific example when you used you logic and reasoning skills in solving a complex problem.
  2. Tell us about a situation when you missed an obvious solution to a complex problem.
  3. Please tell us about a time when you used facts, judgement and reasoning skills to persuade someone to accept your recommendation or decision.
  4. Describe us with a specific example when you used your fact finding skills to solve a complex problem.

Teamwork

  1. Describe us with a specific example where you worked in a very competitive environment. What was your position in the team and what were the challenges?  
  2. Please tell us about the most difficult person that you have ever had to work with. How did you manage to work?
  3. Please tell us about a situation when you had to reach a compromise at work with one of your team members over a certain issue.
  4. Give a scenario where someone in your team was not assigned the work. What did you do to ensure the workload was spread evenly among the team members?
  5. Describe us with a specific example how you have been successful at empowering your team members in successfully accomplishing a complex task.
  6. Give us an example when you had to work in a team that did not initially get along. What happened? What role did you take to successfully get going?
  7. Describe a situation when you had to adapt to a wide variety of people by accepting and understanding different their backgrounds or perspectives.
  8. Describe about a very complex project you worked on. What was your contribution to the project and what was the final outcome? What was the process that you followed?

Time management skills

  1. Please give a scenario when you had to manage your work or project within competing deadlines and you were required to set priority to your tasks.
  2. Please provide us an example of where you managed competent professional and personal priorities and at the same time maintained a healthy work life balance.
  3. Tell us a situation when you have several clients, customers or co-workers placing multiple demands on you at the same time.  How did you respond in this situation and what was the outcome?
  4. Please describe a situation where you were required to act on important issues from different sources What process did you follow and what was the outcome?

Senior Management

  1. Tell us a situation where you learned about the practices, processes and decisions made by different functional units within your organizational practice.
  2. Please describe a situation when you suddenly discovered that a business practice or policy was negatively affecting profitability and how did your report to higher management.
  3. Describe with and example where you have demonstrated in your role an ability to push through challenging and tough situations and build a culture which is achievement-oriented .
  4. Describe us a scenario where you have pro-actively driven change quickly through the business. Explain how did you achieve this and how you kept your team motivated and focused.
  5. Tell us about a situation where you didn't receive positive feedback about your way of operating and your personal style of tackling and achieving the things. How did you respond and what steps did you take.
  6. Tell us a scenario where things did not go as you had planned with the client or customer. Why did it happen in the first place and what did you do to so that it never happened again.

Behavioral Job Interview Questions and Answers

1/29/2011 No Comment

Behavioral Job Interview Questions and Answers

The following is a step by step guide for answering the behavioral based interviewing questions:
  1. Skill sets and behavior required: The employer determines the skills that are necessary for the job. They will probably ask specific questions to see if you possess those skills.
  2. Make a list: To assess which skills are important for the said job, review the job description carefully. List those skills required for the said job.
  3. Prepare: Identifying those past situations in which you have faced/practiced the skills required. Refresh your memory regarding your performance in previous jobson the desired behaviors. Your performance may be proved in many ways. Think about past activities, team involvements and tough work experience.
  4. Behavioral based interview: Please listen carefully to the question, you can also ask for clarification if you are not sure and finally give a complete answer to the question.
  5. Tell a story: Depending upon the the situation, tells a  work related story for a few minutes. In the interview, your response needs to be precised and detailed. Specify a situation that relates to the question, not a general one. Briefly explain the case, what you did and why you have decided to do that, and describe the positive result and your lesson learned.
  6. Frame your answer: Do it in a four step process: Situation, Action, Result and Lesson learned.
  7. Analyze your answer: The interviewer can interfere asking follow up questions in order to clarify some aspects, such as “Why did you decide that way? What was the decision process?” or “What was the reaction of other team members?” Asking these questions, the interviewer would want you to give him an in depth analysis to the situation.

What examples to choose for the behavioral interviewing?

  1. Success stories: Pick those cases you’re really proud at your performance, as you may be more confident in describing these, such as: problems you solved or a successful initiation you took.
  1. Don’t complicate: An interview is not the place to speech about controversial events or those tough stories that you were not performed at your perfection. You may bring a complex situation however close the story with a lesson learned.
Always show that you’ve studied the situation, completely aware of your behavior and that you are confident about your analysis.

Best Sample of behavioral based interview questions

  1. Give me an example of a situation in which you have exhibited good leadership skills.
  2. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the call of your duty in order to get a job done.
  3. Give me an example of a time in which you had to make decision quickly.
  4. Give me an example of a work goal that you had had set and how you’ve reached it.
  5. Tell me about a time in which you had to use your communication skill in order to convince someone or to communicate an important message/point across.
  6. Give an example of a tough situation and convince me that you can adapt to either – wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  7. Give me a specific example of a case when you have used good judgment and logic.
  8. Describe a time when you were faced with stressful situation at work that tested your coping skills, and what you did to remedy the situation.
  9. Tell us with an example of a situation in which you were able to use your influencing skills to convince someone to do things the way you preferred.
  10. Describe me about a situation in which you had to deal with a very rude and upset customer. How did you handle the situation ?

Five Tips and Tricks for a Successful Job Interview

1/29/2011 No Comment

Land the Job of Your Dreams with these tips.

Learning how to conduct an good interview.
First and foremost you need to understand what is driving the interviewer and his or her thinking. As such, know enough about the interview process to put yourself in your counterpart's shoes. If the person is not very experienced at interviewing, you can steal the show and get through. However, if the person has good enough experience, you need to figure out how to meet his or her agenda, place your points precisely and smartly answer all questions.

Learning from mistakes that other people made.

Probably the best way to see people making mistakes in interviews is to conduct one interview yourself. During the interview, note the points and answers which impressed you, and also the others for which you didn't get a satisfactory explanation.

Good Enough Practice.
There are thousands of material in the internet which will guide you how to interview well. Yes, you need to take a look at them and finally you will come to the conclusion that they are all about practicing. Avoid too much information which can only create confusion, try to find out your strengths and weaknesses. Practice leads to perfection. Any question which you feel might be asked in an interview, you need to practice to avoid the unpreparedness. A point-wise answer is another key to success, which can only be done if have practiced enough.

Be comfortable with silence.
One of the most vital thing in a interview is that people who can remain calm and silent look more powerful and comfortable with themselves. The confidence during a interview helps one to get through more easily. When you know who you are, what things you are good at and how to convey that to other people, at what time you are comfortable with a pause, and you are good at reading another person's agenda, you will function better not only in the interview but also in all aspects of your life.


Planning and knowing your agenda right before the interview.
Some questions need to be asked before you plan for an interview  - What is the impression you are trying to convey to the interviewer? Matching that to the kind of job are you trying to find is very important. If you have some important points about yourself then you should aim to get that across in the interview. Also, it is one of the great skill, if you can pull the interviewer to ask questions in an area where you have a lot of experience.

Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers

1/29/2011 No Comment

New Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers.

The cited below list of interview questions are for evaluating leadership and communication skills, interpersonal communication , decision making and others:
  • Tell us about a situation when you have taken initiatives to solve customer problems that where beyond your day to day responsibilities?
  • Tell us a situation where you had made a gross mistake because you did not listen carefully to the client's requirements.
  • Describe with an example a really demanding situation in your project that you faced. How did you handle it ? Did you manage to remain calm and composed during the same?
  • Explain us about a time in which you had to make a difficult choice between your personal and professional life. What did you learn from that it ?
  • Describe us about a situation when your teammate or a junior criticized your work. How did you feel and respond ?
  • Please tell us about a situation when you had to reach out to an employee who hasn’t had any experience and had to explain a complex issue 
  • Describe us with a specific example when you anticipated problems in the project and had to convince others.
  • Describe a situation when you had to give time and show interest in what another person is saying?
  • Please provide us an example where you had to started a project or initiative on your own. How was the outcome ?
  • Describe us with an example of a time when you successfully anticipated potential problems and were able to give a new direction.
  • Describe about a time in your project where you had to initiate a relationship with a person you didn't really like?
  • Explain how do you maintain relations with a person with whom in most cases you cannot agree?
  • Explain with an example when you had to turn down a customer request for a good reason. How did you handle the case and what was the outcome?
  • How do you get your juniors to accept and listen to your ideas? What is your approach? How far are your successful? 

Potential and Tricky HR Interview Questions Answers

1/29/2011 No Comment

Collection of interview questions that can be asked in any Interview

Common Interview Questions

  1. Tell us what do you know about our company ? What is attractive about our company ?
  2. If we have to contact some of your team members in your current company, what kind of feedback they will provide ?
  3. Using work-related experiences as examples, what are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you explain us.
  4. What special skills can you add to our organization?
  5. Can you explain your current day-to-day activities include the number of users you support, people you interact with?
  6. List three things you have accomplished over the last few years that you are highly proud of.
  7. What are your salary requirements ? Are you happy with the salary in your current organization ?
  8. What made you to look for job in other companies ? Is it because of your own or because of the company constraints ?
  9. When would you be available to start working with our organization?
  10. What is your motivation? Were you demotivated in your work in the past? 
  11. What is the ideal position you are looking out now, and where do you see yourself in the next five years ?
  12. What is the best thing that you like about our company?
  13. Why are you leaving your present company? Are you satisfied with your current company?
  14. Will you like to take up a managerial role in our company in the near future. If yes, how will you prepare yourself ?
  15. Describe how do you go about troubleshooting in your project. Explain with one example.

Some Tricky HR Interview Questions that can surprise the job-seeker.

  1. In just five minutes, could you explain something to me that is complicated but you know well.
  2. If you are employed now, how do you manage time for interviews ?
  3. If the project that you are hired for ends after 2 months, would you be still interested in the job?
  4. In this 30 mins interview process, what surprised you so far ?
  5. Do you prefer hard work or smart work? What kind of a worker are you ?
  6. Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time? Which philosophy you stick to in your work ?
  7. If you get selected in our company today, and tomorrow you win a million dollars in a lottery, would you still work ?
  8. Will you resign from the job if you find a better opportunity in the next month?
  9. If there is a job cut across the company how confident are you that you will not get fired ?
  10. If you feel like complaining about your supervisor/manager what will you do ?

HR Interview - What are your strengths and weaknesses

1/28/2011 16 Comments

Human Resource Interview -  What are your greatest Strengths and Weaknesses

We are citing some of the aspects that you may put forward as being your strengths. Please ensure that you list the points well before hand.

Self Motivation and Determination

To be successful in anything, we needs to be self motivated and determined. Without self motivation, it is very much possible that even the best resources will languish in the company without achieving any success. A determined and a self motivated employee can achieve a lot given the opportunities.

Self Confidence and Intelligence
Being intelligent having essential logic, street smart skills and practical knowledge combined with self-confidence with help to achieve much better results.

Strong Success Oriented and Natural Leader
When it comes to good companies, they always search for an employee who is self motivated and has the drive within their own self. In practicality, the company doesn't have much time to scout which of their employees has that next big idea, or which the employees are not working according to their talents and resources. In the best interests of the company, they should have a self appointed mentor who keeps these things in mind and speaks regularly at the appropriate time. This very characteristic is very vital for people in management positions like team leaders, program managers and project managers and other higher up managers.

Excellent Team Player
No one can do anything alone in today’s world, a person or employee requires a group of people or a team to succeed and to achieve something. As such, being a team player is almost as important as any academic degree. Please ensure that you try to highlight this skill in a crafty manner.

Hardworking and Skillful
One of the most common traits found in a successful managers as well as a successful employee. It is often said that success is 90% percent hard work and 10% percent critical thinking or brain activity. Just any company would like to have a hard working resource who gives everything to the job. Speak about those qualities like hard-work, dedication and commitment as your greatest strengths to impress the interviewer.

There may be instances when interviewers will also ask whether you have any weaknesses. 
When answering the question related to weaknesses, ensure that you describe the weaknesses in such a ambiguous way so that the interviewer will feel that they can be converted into strengths.

Sharing others workload
There are some people in companies who have this habit of taking all kinds of work from their colleagues and peers, whether it is their work or not. These kind of people are an asset to the company, but when they work in a team it might lead to some issues.

Being a Debater
Some employees are too passionate about their work and at times they require a reason for any change that can introduced in the organization. Though this is good for the project and the product, it might also create friction among the employees.

Lack of learning skills
There is no person in the world who has all the requisite skills for a job profile, there may be something that may be lacking. We can term this as one of the disadvantages that one has, because once a person gets a job and starts earning, they hardly find time as also become complacent for learning. As such, importance should be given on self training and learning new things.

Getting Nervous with the people in office
In today's world, with the arrival of the new work culture, we have come to such a situation that a person in office hardly meets another and that the only time people speak to each other is during coffee breaks, lunch breaks, etc where there is not much of interaction and as such there are some people who tend to become introverts.  Such things causes some people to become nervous they give presentations and speeches in front of their peers.

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

1/28/2011 No Comment

Tips of How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview.

Are you attending any interview then read these tips on how to sell your self in interview?

When you are attending an interview the most important thing is introduce yourself with a good smile and firm handshake. Secondly you need to maintain good eye contact with the employer throughout the interview. Show interest in what the interviewer is saying, by nodding your head. Give positive answers to negative-based questions. Avoid certain questions which can create a bad impression. After you leave the interview make notes of important points that was part of the discussion.

When the recruiter comes to the end of the interview ask some prepared questions. You may even ask what will be the next step. You can ask for the recruiter’s business card for future reference.

1. Personal and Education
Often this part of the interview starts with "Tell me about yourself, your education and academics" which will provide relevant information about you personally and as well as about your educational background. However its not good to reveal personal information such as your marital status, children, etc. Then provide a clear picture of academic career starting from your 10th standard till graduation/post graduation, the scholarships you won, training attended and other achievements. You may give an example where you set some goal in your academic life and you were able to achieve it.

2. Early Professional Career
Keep it brief but it should be precise and to the point. Dont miss any important points and mention about your achievements. Also ensure that your work and life experiences are relevant to the current job profile you are applying for.

3. Recent Work Experience.
This is the most important part as far as experience is concerned. You should relate to the employer some of your accomplishments and achievements that will indicate why you are the best candidate for that position. Tell them about your roles and responsibilities in the current project and how they will help in any organization.

4. Why should we hire you.
One of the very common question. You should speak with enthusiasm that you are here for the specific position sought. Prepare a good checklist before hand so that you can mention maximum of your positives when asked.

Some other things to remember 

  • It is always advisable to arrive 15-20 minutes early for the interview. No one likes waiting for a candidate.
  • Always carry a pen and paper. There may be instances where you may be asked to explain something technical and a these things will come in handy. If you borrow a pen it will only indicate lack of preparation for the interview
  • Don't be over enthusiastic, but show your passion for the job. Interviewers always remember a positive attitude.
  • There are at time you may feel that you have committed a mistake or answered wrongly. But its good to keep going even if you feel you made a terrible mistake.
  • A good "power of listening" helps. Try to listen carefully to the interviewer’s question before responding. Its good if you take a small pause after the interviewer completes the question.
  • You can carry extra resumes, references, etc. organized in a portfolio. At times, the interviewer may ask you to submit one hard copy of your resume..

Software Engineering Skills Interview Questions

1/21/2011 1 Comment

Software Development Interview Questions

We are listing below some HR Related Software Engineering Skills Interview Questions

  1. Explain in detail about Object Oriented Design? What are the main benefits of this approach and potential drawbacks?
  2. What are the softwares and tools that you have used for Bug Tracking and Version Control?
  3. Explain what is SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this model?
  4. Can you tell us about your philosophy of database design. What are the Database Tools you have used in your project?
  5. Tell us about the Quality Assurance used in your last project.
  6. What are important aspects to consider when you go for GUI design?
  7. What is the Agile software development or Agile software philosophy? Explain in brief.
  8. What is the Lean software development or Lean software philosophy? Explain in brief.
  9. Explain what do you know about the REST architecture pattern?
  10. What is "Domain Driven Design". Give us a brief overview?
  11. List the main benefits of Dependency Injection?
  12. What are the Object Relational Mapping tools that have you used in projects?
  13. What do you mean by Model-View-Controller pattern and explain why it is important?
  14. Explain what is Test Driven Development and Design? Why is it important in a project design?
  15. Describe in brief some of the Software Patterns that you have used in your projects?
  16. Explain the process of designing scalable and high performance applications?
  17. Explain what is continuous integration? How will you perform testing and deployment?

Common Human Resource Interview with Answers

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Most common Human Resource Interview Questions with Answers

Tell me about yourself?
Answer :
This is the first question in any interview. Try to be relaxed and depending in the situation answer in a casual manner. In short you can answer as "I am down-to-earth, smart, creative, innovative, industrious, and thorough". Most of the interviewers are fine with this.


How would your describe your ideal job?
Answer : To tell you very frankly, I would like to work in a fun and a warm environment where each individual working independently towards team goals or individual goals. Secondly, I don't pay much attention to minor elements, such as dress codes, the casual work area and the level of formality. However, the most important for is an atmosphere that fosters attention to quality, honesty, and integrity within the organization. Apart from this, there should be an environment where everyone gets equal opportunities to excel.

What type of supervisor have you worked with and whom you found to be the best?
Answer :
 Frankly speaking, I have been very fortunate enough to work under wonderful supervisors who have provided limited supervision. The kind of freedom we got allowed us to deliver better results. In my experience, I can confidently say that the best supervisors are those who give positive feedback and tactful criticism, both of which are very necessary.


Describe in detail how has your experience prepared you for your career?
Answer :  
When it comes to experience you may describe your work and professional experience first, then focus on others.


Professional Experience: Through my experience in different organizations, I have gained self-esteem, confidence, and problem-solving skills. I am well skilled in different technologies that is required for this job profile and have gathered enough domain knowledge to perform well in any job.


Courses , Training and Certifications : Apart from your technical and professional skills,  I have learned and gained a lot from my technical courses and training. I think the design documents, reports, and presentations have prepared me most. In addition to this mention the certifications that you have completed.

Academic Career : 

Have worked on multiple projects for different student organizations while always performing well in my academics and grades. In addition, I have developed effective leadership skills, communication, and teamwork abilities apart from technical skills.

Life Experience:Try to keep this as short as possible. Tell that in general, life has taught you a lot of determination and the importance of maintaining my ethical standards in your work.


Do you prefer to work alone, or do you work better in groups?
Answer : Try to answer carefully. You should answer keeping in mind the kind of role that you will be in. If the position you are applying for requires you to work alone, it doesn’t make much sense to say that you enjoy working in groups. However, if the position requires you to work in groups, and if you tell that you like working alone will only create a negative impression. Having said that, the answer you give should be an honest one, because things might change in the future when you get hired.

What will you be doing in the next 5 years related to your career?
Answer :
 Though its early for me, still I have made a plan for the next 4-6 years. While, I intend to learn as much as possible during the job, I would be taking up PMP examinations so that I will get an opportunity to serve in supervisory/leadership/managerial roles in my job.


Explain how do you handle stress or pressure in your job? 
Answer : Mental stress and work pressure are part of the jobs in today's world. Work related stress is an important issue because high levels of stress can act negatively and is counter-productive. instead of stress, we should be passionate which will allow to work harder.

What are the criteria  that you use to decide the organization you will work for?
Answer : Though there may be many many criteria, the most important being quality, ethics, and teamwork. I would definitely like to work for a company that give rewards to good performers.

What are the different ways you can contribute to our company?
Answer :  This is a question that is pretty much expected in all companies, so it is advisable that you may prepare well before hand. Try answering this question as if you are selling yourself. Focus on your skills, personality, and experience which will allow you to contribute significantly to the company. Answer this question with a lot of self-confidence. Dont give the chance to the employer suspects this, you may lose your chance to get selected.

Questions to ask the HR Manager

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Questions to ask the Human Resource Manager.

We are listing some of the questions that you can ask the Interviewer. Please not that its advisable to ask not more than  4 - 5 questions if you still don't know the outcome of the interview. However, if you are selected for the job, you can go ahead and ask any number of questions.
  1. What kind of work I would be doing daily.  Can you tell me a bit about my day-to-day responsibilities.
  2. I have heard good things about your organization. Can you tell me about this company’s vision and philosophy in brief?
  3. Would you be able to let me know more about the work culture and atmosphere in your company ?
  4. Being an employee this organization, how would you evaluate this organization’s greated strengths and weaknesses?
  5. I would like to know if the job profile I have applied for is an immediate requirement? If yes, how soon would you be taking people on board ?
  6. I would like to know more about the company policies related to foreign travel and onsite assignments.
  7. Since you have interviewed many job-seekers for this position, I would like to know how my skills and experience compare with the others who have applied for this position.
  8. I would like to know more about the management style of this organization? 
  9. What are the most important parameters and skills which this organization evaluates for employee’s contribution in a project? How significant are these parameters ?
  10. For good performance in the current position, what are the likely opportunities for me within this organization? Will I get extra visibility for good performance ?
  11. Would you be able to tell me a little about what the organization expects from its employees? What are the most important assets and skills that they evaluate for an employee?
  12. Can you please tell me what approaches this company follows while promoting employees? Does it follow a structured path?
  13. If I perform well in this organization, how would it advance me? What would be the next step and opportunities in my career as far as growth is concerned?
  14. What advice would you give to someone who selected for this position ?
  15. Can you tell me who the company regards as its stars and how do they get rewarded? What are the most important contributions that are evaluated?
  16. How far does this particular position go on to contribute to the bottom line of this organization?
  17. What are the current challenges of this position and the project within the organization?
  18. Are there any department/area from where the future leaders of this organization emerge ?
  19. I would like to know a little about the people and the team I will be working with if I join this organization?
  20. Is my current profile in this organization likely to lead to other positions in the company? What is the usual route for this?
  21. Is your organization and equal opportunity provider? Does it believe in diversity?
  22. How is this company performing the the market. Are the products and services that are being offered getting positive response?

Interview Questions to Access Candidate's Inner Qualities

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Interview Questions to access Candidate's True qualities and qualifications.

We would like to more about your stamina?
Answer :  The question is not about physical stamina, although it is also very important. In companies that requires you to be physically fit, the workload can grind people down. However, in work, the most demanding is the stamina to continue with the work under stressful situations.

At times conflict arises on your team, how do you handle such things?
Answer :  You can best answer this question  by presenting a situation where your convincing skills helped to overcome the crisis. Its better to have in stock such a situation ready so that you can easily answer when it is asked.

How hard have you been working lately in your company?
Answer : There are cases when the most industrious and hardworking employees will be sitting idle if there is such a situation that not much work is there. Having said that, don't present that picture that you have been idle in the past. Instead speaks enthusiastically about being engaged in challenging projects where you worked really hard and delivered work withing strict timelines.

How good are you at handling change?
Answer : This is a very common interview question, so you must be prepared with an answer beforehand. You can say that in today's world its very important to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances and environments. For IT/Software professionals, just be prepared with some instances as things change very quickly.

Can you tell us how do you stay current and updated?
Answer : Most candidates will be ready for it as this is a very common interview question. The technology is changing so rapidly mostly in IT/Software that all of your past experience will not count if you are not updated with the newest product and technologies.

What have the last few years in your professional life taught you?
Answer : For those who have worked in Software and IT companies for sometime have had some serious ups and downs. Also, many had seen the recession of 2000 and 2008. This questions is asked to find out what the candidate has learned through the periods of explosive growth as well as through the downturns, at the time of recession how did they respond to tight budgets.

Explain what is the toughest thing you’ve had to do in your professional life?
Answer : Keep one instance ready. You can mention some technical achievement in your project or discusses something more related to management instead. Keep it short and precise.

50 Most Common HR Interview Questions Answers

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50 Human Resource Interview Questions. 

We hope that the cited below 50 HR Interview Question Answers will help you to crack any job interview.  

1. At the very beginning, Tell me about yourself?
Answer : This is the question that is the most asked right at the beginning in interviews. It is always recommended to have a short statement prepared so that you can give a good introduction right at the very start. At the same time you need to be a little careful so that it does not sound like you have rehearsed before. It is good to limit it to work-related rather than giving a full length answer starting from your school academics. Describe the things you have done and jobs you have worked for  that relate to the current position you are applying for. Ideally, it should be 50% of your current work and the rest should cover your previous work and experience.

2. Can you tell me why you left your last job and do you regret? 
Answer : Here you are required to stay positive regardless of the what the circumstance is. You should never refer to a major problem that happened with the senior management and make sure that you don't speak ill of supervisors, your peers and colleagues as well as about the organization. You should always answer this kind of tricky question with a smile and and give a positive reason such as a better opportunity, or for better prospects.

3.Explain what experience do you have in the position that you are applying for?
Answer : A question meant to find out your experience for the applied position. Its better to mention about specifics that relate to the position. In case, if you do not have specific experience in a particular area related to the position, its better to admit it rather than providing answers which many not sound very convincing.

4. Can you consider yourself successful from your past experience?
Answer : You should not be hesitant in this question.  The answer should be a definite and quick "Yes". Explain in a brief manner why you were successful in your previous organization. A good explanation is that you have set goals and targets,  and how you have met them or on track to achieve the same.

5. Tell us what have you learned from mistakes while on the job?
Answer : The answer to the question should be prepared well in advance. You need to put forward something which was really a minor issue else you will very well lose your credibility. Try to make it small, a mistake which didn't have any negative impact and that you learnt a positive lesson from it. For instance, you can cite one example where you were working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus there was a gap in coordination. Another example would be a situation where you have performed exceedingly well during the execution of the project but the documentation was done partially due to time constraints.

6. What do you know about this organization?
Answer : This question is intended to find out how much research you have done before coming to the interview. As a matter of fact, interviewers will be impressed if  you can provide a comprehensive answer about the organization. Do some good research on the organization in the internet and from your friends before going for the interview. Try to find out what are their products and services, how they are performing in the market and their potential competitors.

7. Can you tell me the steps you have taken to improve your knowledge in the last year? 
Answer : You can try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. There are a wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Try to emphasize on the on-job learning and training that you underwent.

8. Can you tell me if you are applying for other jobs? 
Answer : This question is intended to find out your current state of job search. Try to be honest but do not spend a lot of time answering this. Keep the focus on the current job and what you can and what you want to do for this organization. Answering something not related to the job you are applying for could be a distraction and something the interviewer will not like. As such, even if you are applying for other jobs, it is advisable to say "No".

9. Why do you want to work for our company?
Answer :  Many a times this question is asked to find out from the job-seeker how much research they have about the company done before appearing for the interview. The answer should be based on the research that you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and you should make an effort to list out the good points of the company. You can relate those to how it will fit to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know any employee who works for our organization?
Answer : You need to be completely aware of the policy on relatives and friends working for the company you are applying for. Very very careful not to mention about relatives. However you can mention a friend, but make sure you contact your friend well before the interview.

11. What is the salary you are looking for in our organization? 
Answer : Its one of the loaded questions which should be answered in a subtle manner. It is not a very good idea to specify numbers instead tell them something like "Its a tough question and I may need some time". You you feel comfortable you can also ask the interviewer "Can you tell me the salary range for the current position? The interviewer will most likely tell you the range. You can preferably ask for a salary in the higher range. 

12. Tell us why should we hire you?
Answer : Its very similar to the previous question. Try to emphasize more on your skills and assets and how they will meet the organization needs. Please ensure that you don't make a comparison with other job-seekers applying for the same job profile.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? 
Answer : One of the tricky questions where giving specifics is not good. Try to say that as long as the work is challenging and both you and the organization are benefiting and are in a win-win position, you will continue to work.

14Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? 
Answer : This is serious question which should be answered very carefully. You answer should present in such a ways that only because of  project constraints you had to fire people. At the same time, you mention that firing of the employee had the green signal of higher management as well. Also mention that on a personal, its a very hard decision to take as it impacts the career of an employee.

15. What do you find most irritating you about co-workers?
Answer :  This is one of those trap question which should be answered carefully. Try to show that you thought real hard but you couldn't bring into your memory anything that irritates you. A short statement that you are always felt good with your peers and have hardly come across such situations.

16. Do you you think your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Answer : Try to show that the job you are applying for is important for you. Say that you strongly feel this is the job. Never allow the interviewer to feel suspicious.

17. Do you think that you have any blind spots?
Answer  :  Another trick question which you should answer with a cool head. Its always good not to reveal any personal areas of concern. Instead say that if in the future something is found, you will try to correct it.

18. Explain in brief how you would be an asset to our company?
Answer : List out maximum points as you can. Prepare the list well before hand because it will help you to memorize and not miss many. This question gives you a chance to highlight your best points, and as such make them feel confident.

19. Explain your philosophy towards work and project?
Answer : Just answer in brief. Don't make it unnecessarily long.You can say 100% dedication and commitment by putting all of your mind and heart, and that working together towards a common goal of getting the work completed on time, at the same time adding more value that will benefit the customer.

20. Tell us about a situation when you made a suggestion that really helped in your work ?
Answer : Have a good one handy with you. Try to ensure and use a suggestion that you had put forward was accepted and was then successfully implemented. The one which changed outcome will be a real good one.

21. Are you a team player?
Answer : Every company likes to have a team player. Hence, the answer should be a quick "Yes". Be ready with examples.

22. What do you consider as your greatest strength?
Answer : There are many good qualities you can mention like your ability to work under pressure situations, then your problem-solving skills,  professional skills and expertise, excellent leadership skills and positive attitude, ability to prioritize work and budgeting of projects,

23. Tell us in brief about your dream job ?
Answer : Keep some points handy for this question. Instead of referring to a specific job, you can refer something generic like " I would love to work in a job where I would love the work, like the people and peers, and can contribute towards achieving the goals of the company".

24. What motivates to deliver the best on the job?
Answer :  Challenge work, Achievements, Recognition and Appreciation

25. If you were hiring a person for this job, what are the main qualities you will look for?
Answer : During hiring a person for a certain profile, it is the skills and traits which match to the job description. You can also answer it in a generic manner by saying that more often it is looking out for people with qualities which can deliver quality results.

26. Have you ever come across a situation in your company when you had to refuse to work with a certain employee?
Answer :  Make sure that you don't mention such an instance. It would only mean disloyalty to the company and your attitude doesn't fit. Instead say the most important is to achieve the company goals and objectives and as such such a situation should not arise.

27. What is more important to you in your professional life - money or work?
Answer : Give a short answer. Say that money is always important, but more important is the work. Don't let anyone feel that you are working only for money.

28. If we were to ask your previous manager what would they say about your strongest points ?
Answer : Try to keep it short, but at the same time mention all the good qualities like  Loyalty in work, Positive attitude, Leadership skills, Domain Knowledge, Patience, Hardworking nature, Creative and Innovative, Team player, etc.

29. Tell me about a problem you had with your manager?
Answer : One of  the trap questions asked just to check if you will speak ill of your manager. If you fall for it and tell them that you had problems with a former supervisor, then it will be viewed very negatively. Better go for a short answer and mention a few neutral things about your manager.

30. What has disappointed you most about your job?
Answer : Ensure that you don’t get trivial or too negative. Just say that there are at times you felt like you could have contributed more or there was lack of challenges in the job.

31. Describe about your ability to work under pressure.
Answer : Often situations demands that you work in a high voltage environment. You may say that you have always excelled under certain types of pressure. Mention that you have met strict deadlines without jeopardizing the quality of your work. Working in pressure situations, you get that ability to handle critical situations.

32. If you win a lottery today and get enough money to retire, what would you do?
Answer : Its a question which will differ from person to person.  For some people work is more important. Do not say yes if you do not mean it. Be honest, as this question is only a hypothetical one, so wont be taken that seriously.

33. Why do you think you would perform well in out organization?
Answer : Give a confident and positive answer. Try to give several reasons that includes your technical skills, your experience and the achievements in your career. Its good to have some points ready beforehand so that you can mention maximum of them.

34. This project is time critical. Are you willing to work overtime. How comfortable you are working at nights and weekends
Answer :  The answer to this question will totally depend on the individual. Be totally honest with this answer, as there are projects which require extra commitment.

35. How would you know you will be successful on this job?
Answer : You should list some points and keep them in handy so as to mention maximum of them when asked. Its good if you can point out some of your past achievements. Tell them what you have done and what are your plans for the future.Tell the interviewer that you have always set high standards for yourself and have meet them successfully. You have always meet with positive results and outcomes which are appreciated by superiors.

36. How comfortable are you in relocating to a different place if it is required ?
Answer :  This question is asked to get a find out whether you are fine with relocation and in most cases such a question is asked because its a job requirement. There should be no ambiguity and you should be very clear on this. Do not say yes just to get the job if you really don't want to shift to a different location. Try to be honest and give a straight forward answer.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
Answer : This question is meant to find out your loyalty and dedication towards the organization. You need not worry much about the deep ethical implications. Just say that you are always willing if it benefits the organization.

38. We would like to know more about your management style ? Can you brief us.
Answer : Try to avoid using words that may lead to confusion. A very important question which will have a great impact on the interviewer. As such it is advisable to avoid words like aggressive, salesman, deadlines, that can have several meanings or descriptions.  Instead, try to play safe with the situational style, because it says you will always manage according to the situation at hand, thereby showing your flexibility and adaptability, instead of force fitting.

39. What feedback will your do co-workers provide if we were to ask about you?
Answer : You should be prepared with appreciation statements from one or two of your co-workers.   Its always better to say that your co-workers praised you for your hard work, dedication and honesty.

40. In any of the organizations that you worked for, have you ever been asked to leave a position?
Answer : Say No, if you have never been asked. But if you have faced such a situation in your previous organizations or project, try to explain them in a honest and brief manner. Avoid saying anything bad about the people or the companies you worked for. This would only create a negative impression.

41. Can you explain your role as a team player? 
Answer : The answer to this question should be always a "Yes". It is advisable to have some examples handy well before hand. A team player is an asset to any company. To show evidence of your good team attitude, try to come up with specific points to show you always performed for the good of the team rather than for yourself. The key point to remember is not to brag too much, but to make the interviewer feel that you can be a wonderful team player.

42. Seeing your resume we feel that you are overqualified for this position?
Answer : Say that being over qualified and over experienced you can deliver faster and better results. You can mention that it is not all about qualifications, rather tell them that you are very well qualified for the position and that any company would like to hire an employee who is exceptionally good.

43.  How will compensate for your lack of experience ?
Answer : Present a very positive and confident picture even if you don't have the requisite experience. If you feel that you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring it up. Secondly, you can mention that you are a very hard working employee and a quick learner which will help you to pick up things faster and deliver results

44. What are the main qualities do you look for in a manager with whom you want to work with?
Answer :  Answer it in a positive manner. Some of the qualities you will be looking for are  - knowledgeable, a good sense of understanding, loyal to subordinates and maintain high standards in work and with people. All managers think they have these characteristics.

45. Tell me about a situation when you used your skills to helped resolve a dispute ?
Answer : Don't mention an instance of dispute between people. You just need to cite a specific incident, where your problem solving skills helped to settle the dispute.

46. What position would you prefer on a team?
Answer : Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, tell them frankly about it. If you are interested in a supervisor/manager role, tell them you would like to focus more in that area.

47. We would like to know more about your work ethics ?
Answer :  You need to present a positive and confident picture of yourself. Try to emphasize the benefits to the company. Honesty, determination and hardworking nature to get the job done within timelines can be highlighted.

48. Can you tell us what has been your biggest professional disappointment till date?
Answer : This is one such tricky question. You can answer this by referring to a minor incident in your work or project in which you didn't have much control. Its is good if you show that you accepted it with humility rather than talking something negative about it.

49. Tell me about the fun you have had on the job in your current organization.
Answer : Keep it short. Please don't give any examples which is not related to your work. Instead you can just tell about having fun by accomplishing something meaningful for the organization. Apart from that you can also mention any technical events that you have organized for the employees.

50. We have come to the end of the discussion, do you have any questions for us?
Answer :  Well, this is one question for which you need to prepare well in advance. It also depends on how you have performed in the interview, if you feel that you haven't performed very well, it is advisable to keep it short. If you think, you will be hired then ask a few questions related to the organizations and your job.  Some sample questions are cited below

  • How soon will I will be able to join your company? 
  • I want to know more about the growth prospects in your organization.
  • How are the company policies related to onsite assignments and foreign travel?
  • What are the rewards for employees who perform well in projects?
Check the below article for the complete list of questions that you can ask the HR Manager 

Questions to ask the Human Resource Manager

We wish you good luck for your upcoming interview. Please use the comment section for your valuable feedback. Thank You !!

25 Tricky Questions in a HR Job Interview

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25 most difficult questions you'll be asked on a job interview.

Most of these questions are for experienced professionals who are looking out for a job change.

1. Can you please tell us about yourself.
Answer : This is more often then not the opening question of any interview. You should remember that this is more of a warm-up question. It is always advisable to keep it short. Please keep in mind that you don't take more than a minute or two to answer. Its better to start with your education, then work history, and finally your recent career experience, laying more emphasis on the last subject.

2. Tell us in brief what you know about our organization?
Answer : It is always recommended that you do your homework about the company in the internet or from other sources. If you are able to discuss products or services, revenues, management style, people, history and philosophy, you have already scored some points. But ensure that you don't explain everything about the organization, rather keep it short and precise.Your answer should convince them that you have taken the time to do some research and eager to learn more about them. A typical answer would be "When I was searching for jobs, I went through the profile of a number of companies and I found yours which is really impressive Try to answer in a positive tone about their organization.

3. How long would you stay with our organization if you get selected?
Answer : Every HR manager wants that an employee will work with them for a good duration or forever. You can say that that you are very much interested in a career with the company, but at the same time you need to tell that you would to get good work and feel challenged to remain with any organization for a long term. "As long as we both feel achievement-oriented.", or a "Win-Win" situation for both will help in sticking with the same company for a long time.

4. We have gone through resume, and we found that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What is your thought on this?
Answer : This is one of the questions which you need to answer carefully. Try to lay stress on the point that you have interest in establishing a long-term association with the company and people. Try to emphasize that your good performance in his job will lead to opening up of new avenues and opportunities. Tell them the importance of a strong staff and how vital it is to the organization. Suggest to them that since you are so over qualified for the position, the employer will get a fast return on his investment and that you are coming at a premium.

5. What do you think of your last manager you worked with?
Answer : This question is intended to find your relationship with superiors in general and your feedback about them. Try to be as positive as you can even if you had friction with your manager. A potential manager should not feel that at some point in the future you might talk about him in a negative way.

6. Tell us in brief why should we hire you?
Answer : It is the interviewer’s job is to hire the best person for a position. As such, this question will try to bring out your qualities that are required for the profile. Try to say that you can do the work and deliver exceptional results meeting all timelines and deadlines, You will fit in easily in any project and environment and will be be a great value addition to any team. Also you possess a combination of skills, have the energy, ability and experience that will make you an asset for any organization.

7. What do you look forward to if we hire you?
Answer : You should answer the question keeping in mind that it should be  oriented to opportunities in the company you are applying. Your answer should make the interviewer feel that your have a desire to perform well and be recognized for your contributions towards the company.

8. Are you a good manager? Do you consider yourself a successful manager? 
Answer : Of course you are a good manager. Answer this with a lot of confidence. Rely on examples from your career to justify your argument. Stress your vast experience, energy and smart skills. Tell that you have been a successful manager because you are very hard working, productive and also blessed with effective workforce who delivered results.

9. What do you find most attractive about this position you are applying for? What seems least attractive about it?
Answer : Try to mention four or five very attractive things about the job position, on the other hand you can mention a one small unattractive thing which will not be viewed negatively.

10. Why do you want to leave your present job?
Answer  :  The answer should be short and to the point. Elaborating it might make the interviewer feel that you are desperately looking for a change in job. Try to give and honest answer without hurting yourself. If you were laid off because of the job cuts across the company, mention it otherwise, indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your action.

11. Mention some of the reasons for which you want to work for in our organization?
Answer : It is advisable to do some homework so that you can speak in terms of the company's requirements. You can say that you have found out that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it's doing them in ways that greatly interest you to work for in that organization.  For instance, if the company is into hardcore research and development and have been producing excellent products, try to emphasize that you want to create new things and that you know this is a place in which your skills and expertise would come in handy. If the company is known for strong management, you should show that you would like to be a part of that team.

12. Brief us about your management style?
Answer : Do a comprehensive research to know about the company's style of management so that your management style will complement it.  Currently quite popular mainly in IT and Software industry is the participative style of management where an open-door method of managing is employed where you get things done by motivating people and delegating responsibility.

Other possible styles are cited below
Results-oriented approach : Every management decision that is taken is determined by how it will affect the bottom line in the company
Task oriented approach : Problem solving identifying what's wrong, choosing a solution and then implementing it
Paternalistic : Taking care of my subordinates and at times pointing them in the right direction.

13. Please give me your definition of the position that you are applying for.
Answer : Try to keep your answer brief. Answer this question thinking in terms of responsibilities and commitments. Ensure that you really do understand what the position before you begin to answer. If you don't know much, don't hesitate, just ask the interviewer; he or she may answer the question for you. 

14. What important trends do you see in our industry?
Answer : Do a comprehensive research of the company and the industry in the internet. Be handy with two or three trends that will illustrate how well you have done the research of your industry. You can present them current technological challenge, emerging and new technologies,  economic conditions, the market conditions and also the financial aspects which your business or industry is heading at present.

15.  What can you do for us that someone else can't for the same position?
Answer :  Perhaps an obligation,  but for this question you can blow your own horn and be a bit egotistical. You can mention about your exceptional skills about your record of getting things done, and mention specifics or a list of career accomplishments. Say that your skills and interests, combined with this history of getting superior results, make you a valuable asset for any company you work for. Mention your smart abilities, you ability to prioritize, identify problems quickly,  think out of the box and use your problem solving skills to bring quick results.

16. Tell us what you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or supervisor?
Answer : There are various challenges you face being a manager. You can mention planning, execution, budgeting and cost-control and deployment and delivery. Apart from that the most difficult task is employee management - motivate and manage employees to get something going and completed on time and within the stipulated budget.

17. What do you look for when you hire people for your organization?
Answer : Apart from the job requirements that is set by the organization or the project, tell that you look for people with good skills, who can take initiative, are hardworking and have the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and effectively with co-workers. Mention that you would like to like to hire people are smart, knowledgeable, result oriented and who can move up in the organization because of their capability.

18. Was there ever a situation when you had to fire people? What were the reasons, and how did you handle the situation?
Answer :  Tell that it was a collective decision taken by the organization and that the situation was not easy, as it involved the career of an employee, but sometimes such decisions are taken keeping in view of the company. Mention that sometimes under performing resources were asked to leave the organizations, over which you don't have much control because those resources failed to met the parameters set by the company.

19. How do you feel about leaving all your benefits to find a new job?
Answer : You should answer this question very carefully. Mention that you are concerned, naturally, but you are not panicking. You are willing to accept new risks and new challenges in a new environment.

20. In your current position, what are the things you liked the most and the ones the least? 
Answer :  Be positive and careful, you can say a few points but don't overstate. It is recommended to describe more things that you liked than you disliked. Don't cite personality problems with the employees or with your supervisors and managers, which will create a bad impression. You can say that since the work you are doing right now is not very challenging you would like to explore new job opportunities.

21. If you look back at your professional career, what do you feel how successful do you you've been so far?
Answer : You need to provide a confident answer to this question. Say that are quite happy with the way your career has progressed so far. There are normal ups and downs which is part of any professional life, but overall you feel that you've done quite well throughout. You can also emphasize on your achievements.

22. At your age you should be earning more given your experience and skills. Don't you feel sometimes?
Answer : Try to answer this question in a very relaxed manner.  Tell them that this is one of the main reason why you are looking out for a job change. Don't be on the defensive but rather make them understand that you know about it, so you are looking for better opportunities.

23. Were you ever been terminated from your job?
Answer : Give an honest answer if you were terminated from your job. Explain the situations that led to it. The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue,as such present a clear picture. Just remember that the references that you provided are likely to be checked, so don't tell something which doesn't match later.

24. Tell us in brief about your long term goals?
Answer :
 Answer this question presenting a realistic view. Its good to orient your long terms goals with the company you are applying for. If you feel that you are good in managerial skills, you can say that one of your long term goals is to see yourself in a superior role in the organization.

25. What do you think how long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution in our organization?
Answer : Try to give a realistic answer. You can being by saying that you would be meeting the project demands from the very first day onward, however for a signification contribution, it might take six months to a year because during this time you could expect to know the organization, its policies, its vision and goals in a much better way and what is expected out of you.

 

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