Interview Behavioral Questions and Answers

Interview Behavioral Questions and Answers
1. One word of advice: sell yourself!

Sell yourself. Learn as much as possible about the vacant position, the company, and the interviewers themselves. The more detailed information you have about the company and the position, the better prepared you are likely to be. Visit the company’s website, if it has one and acquire detailed information about it.

Above Question is common for all Behavioural Interview Questions.

2. Employers want someone who wants to work for them. Demonstrate this by:

•PREPARING QUESTIONS. No matter how thorough the employer is in the interview, you must ask questions. This demonstrates interest and thinking ability.
•ASKING, "WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?" Tell the employer you were intrigued prior to the interview and are now even more.
•EMPHASIZING AREAS OF YOUR BACKGROUND. Think of specific examples that demonstrate this.

3. Be prepared with answers to the following:

1.Why do you wish to leave your current employer?
2.What do you know about this position and company? Why are you interested?
3.What are your short-term and long-term goals?
4.How do you feel about your current supervisor?
5.What are your strengths?
6.What are your weaknesses?
7.What are expectations regarding salary?
8.What information is important to you in making a decision about this job change?
9.What questions do you plan to ask the employer either about the job, company, or other things? Who have you learned the most from?
10.What was it? Why was it important?
11.What could be improved in your boss?
12.What do you like about your current boss?
13.How soon can you join?
14.What would you change here?
15.Are you willing to relocate? Change industries? Travel?

Here are the 10 most commonly asked questions in the job and other interview, which will help you prepare yourself better for the forthcoming campus placement and also give you a competitive edge over others.
A well thought out answer to each of these questions, prepared and rehearsed in advance with the logical sequencing of the events will help you sail through.

4. Tell us about yourself

This is an open canvas for you, giving you an opportunity to direct and lead your interview in the direction you want. A. good idea would be to structure your answer in the following three broad heads:
•Family Background
•Educational Background (starting from schooling to professional qualifications)
In all the above subheads speak only that information which will give strength to your candidature. Avoid verbose description of yourself.

5. Why do you want to join us?

To answer this question, you need to research the company well. Here you can quote some of your personal beliefs, which are in conjunction with the values of the company or talk about specific products and services which could be of interest to you too.

In the event where your skill set is mapping with the requirement of the company, do not miss the chance to highlight the same. Specify the initiatives taken or work done to attain that skill set.

6. What would you like to do in five years' time ?

This question is asked to assess candidate’s career plan and ambition for growth and to see if the company will be able to provide that opportunity over period of time. Also to assess if your personal goals are not totally off tangent with what company’s objectives are. It is also to check your stability with the organization. It is good idea to be very realistic in your answer. If need be take guidance from your seniors who are already in the corporate environment.

7. Do you prefer working with others or alone?
This question is usually asked to determine whether you are a team player. Before answering, however, be sure you know whether or not the job requires you to work alone. Then answer accordingly.

8. What are your biggest accomplishments?

You could begin your reply with: "Although I feel my biggest achievements are still ahead of me, I am proud of my sense of involvement. I would like to make my contribution as part of that team and learn a lot in the process".

It will be a good idea to close your answer with also specifying what attributes and circumstances made you succeed.

9. What are your favorite subjects?

It is a leading question giving direction to the panel members for possible areas where they can probe in further for your knowledge base and in-depth understanding. It is advisable to select the topics that you are competent in.

10. Why should we hire you?

Keep your answer short and precise. You should highlight areas from your background that relates to the need of the organization. Recap the organization’s description of the job, meeting it point by point with your skills.

11. What are your hobbies?

This question is generally asked to assess whether you are "desktop" kind of a person or an "interaction orientated person". It also indicates your preference for team-oriented activities or projects with solo contributions. It enables the organization to place you accordingly after selection. Be candid in answering the questions.

12. What is the worst feedback you have ever got?

To answer this question you must admit and share your areas of improvement. Also sharing an action plan for improving oneself will indicate your ability to take criticism well. Your answer should reflect your open-mindedness.

13. What is the most difficult situation you have faced?

Here you should be ready with your real life story. The question looks for information on two fronts: How do you define difficult? and, how was your handling of the situation? You should be able to clearly lay down the road map for solving the problem, your ability to perform task management and maintain good interaction with your team members and other peers. It is advisable to close by highlighting the lesson learnt out of the incident.

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