Interview Questions Continued – Understanding Interviewer’s Point of View

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Well continuing from the last article, we discuss some more interview questions; in our quest to understand the mind-frame of the interviewer.

interview questionsQ. What is your reason to leave your previous job?

If you have just taken leave from your defense service or if you are planning to shift jobs, this is one question, which determines your plans with the company you are applying at. Some candidates make the mistake of highlighting the negatives of their previous employer. Never do this. I am sure, if you are fresh out of the defense service, then you won’t be taking this route. One of the safest routes here would be to describe how you feel you are ready for a growing opportunity.

The best way would be to tell them that you feel that the skills and experience you have acquired over the period of time in your previous employment would be better utilized in the new organization. And understanding the operation standards of the new company, you strongly feel that over the period of time you will be able to grow along with the new organization.

Q. Tell me something about your strengths and weaknesses?

Keep it specific to the job. Talk about your strengths or skills that will be essential for the post you are applying to. People talk about all of their strengths, irrespective of their relevance. Unless the interviewer has made the environment casual, it would be better if you also stick to stating strengths related to the job at hand.

As for your weaknesses, don’t leave them. In this case also, state your weaknesses related to working in a team or in a job environment. Your weaknesses to not sing would not be relevant unless you are applying to be in a choir! Along with the weakness, also state what you have done over the period of time or what you are doing to overcome it.

Leaving the interviewer with just the weakness leaves room for doubt which could work against you. This also highlights how good and well prepared are you for criticism. Accepting criticism and working to improve it is one of the qualities every company desires in its employees.

Q. What are your salary expectations?

Most of the companies highlight the salary range in the job advertisement. You don’t know what the interviewer’s assessment of you is. And if you really want to grab the opportunity, then don’t give any exact figures. Always speak about the range. The best answer would be that given the job advert and what you understand of the job responsibilities, you would be looking for any figure between the stated salary ranges.

Mostly people are looking for the minimum price you are willing to work for. If you state a figure which is higher than what they have fixed based on the interview, then, unless they are desperate, they mark you down. If they are desperate then they would try to bring you down to the figure they want. And even if you agree to their figure, they would still keep you in doubt, because they had to negotiate to bring you down, which makes them skeptical of your sustainability.

Now if you quote a figure which is lower than their assessment, then well, it’s your loss big time! So, always state a range, and if it advertised, then state that range, if not, then tries to find out the market rate and then fix a range around it.

The interview questions that I discussed earlier and the one’s discussed in this article are some of the basic questions that are asked in almost all the interviews. I hope that these would help you understand the psyche of the interviewer. If you feel that there are some questions that I have missed or if there is something that I have left, then please feel free to comment. Till then, happy job hunting and all the best for your next job interview!

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