7 Common Job Interview Questions

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Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what an interviewer would be asking you in your next interview? While there is no way of predicting exactly what you will be asked, it's important to be prepared to respond effectively to the interview questions that employers typically ask at job interviews.

Despite the fact that, the type of interview and the questions asked depends on the type of job and required position, there are a few questions that are asked in almost every job interview. These questions are related to general information required for performing any type of job. Having said that, we will now introduce you to some of the most frequently asked job interview questions. Here we go;

Tell me about Yourself

"Tell me something about yourself" is probably the most commonly asked questions in any interview. For this question, you may be tempted to tell about your personal life stories and all. But, keep in mind that it's not about you telling your life story and quite frankly, the interviewer just isn't interested. Unless asked to do so, stick to your education, career and current situation.

Let us give you an example: I’m Mr. John Sapkota, currently working as at ABC Company. I am from Kalanki, Kathmandu (Permanent Address). I completed my Master's Degree in Science from Tribhuwan University in Physics course with a 3.79 CGPA. My key skills are XYZ and so on.

Why did you Leave Your Previous Job?

The general rule here is that you should always be leaving to move toward a better opportunity. You should never position it as fleeing from a bad opportunity.

Let me give you an example: I am very thankful for my previous company. I learned many things from the company as a fresher, but I am looking for a better opportunity, for accepting more challenging work and learn new things which can help me gain experience.

Why Should we Hire You?

This is an important question that you will need to answer carefully. It is your chance to stand out and draw attention to your skills, especially those that haven't already been addressed. Saying "because I need a job" or "I'm really good" just won't provide the answers the interviewer is looking for. Explain why you make a good employee, why you are a good fit for the job and the company and what you can offer. Highlight your skills and achievements.

For example, It is a great privilege for anyone to work in a reputed company like XYZ Company (your company). When I read about the job vacancy, I found my skills matching with the given position. It is a platform where I can showcase my technical skill and contribute my best to the organization. I have 2 years of experience in the record department. If you are a fresher, you can answer as… Being fresher I have a lot of theoretical knowledge, but I can work, hard work for my organization. Being punctual and sincere, I can finish the work given to me on time and put my best for the growth of the organization.

What do You Know About this Organization?

Do your homework before you go to any interview. You should know about the company or business you're going to work for. Has this company been in the news lately? Who are the people in the company you should know about? Do the background work, it will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and is genuinely interested in the company and the job.

Let us give you an example: I have done research into your organization so as to ensure that what type of organization I would be working for. I found that you're clearly a progressive organization. With over 25% of profit this year and has the reputation of excellent customer service.

Are you willing to Travel or Relocate if Necessary?

This is something you need to have very clear in your mind prior to the meeting. There is no point in saying yes just to get the job, if the real answer is actually no. Just be honest as this can save you problems arising in the future. If you are looking to relocate, then you might increase your chance to get the job.

Let me give you an example: Relocation is not an issue for me. I am ready to relocate in any place throughout this city. As an employee our focus should be at work always irrespective of location. It always provides me an opportunity to learn about the people of different place. You can answer in this way too: "I'd prefer not move right now, but you never know what tomorrow may bring, however if I don't get the opportunity here I may relocate myself.

Where do you See Yourself in Five Years?

This is another tricky question you may face in your job interview. What the interviewer is actually asking is if you are looking for a position or a long-term career. The safest way to answer this is to say that you see yourself excelling in the position you are applying, and drop the company’s name as a catalyst for your ambition.

Let me give you an example: “I am currently exploring my career in communication, but I do know it will involve this industry, so this job is a great fit. I admire this company because of the growth opportunity it provides and I see myself continuing to develop my career here.”

Do you have Any Questions for Us?

This one tends to come up every time. Have some questions prepared. This will show you have done some research and are eager to know and learn as much as possible. You probably don't want to ask more than three or four questions. Try and use questions that focus on you becoming an asset to the company. A generic question might be, "how soon can I start if I get the job?" "What is my role and position in the company?"

These questions are frequently asked for any type of job interview. Your chances of success highly depends on how you answer each one of them. Before attending a job interview, do enough research on interview tips and guidelines too. Give careful attention to these factors and practice on improving them. Good Luck! 

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