Frequently asked questions in Interview – II

Second in the series of common interview questions, some classic some cliche….

Question: 11. Why do you want to work for this organization?
Answer: The answer to this question should show that you are interested in making a long-term career in this organization. This may take some though but here your research on the company will help you in giving a good answer.
Describe a similarity between your and the company’s needs. Also explain that as both needs are coincide with each other it will beneficial for the company as well as your career.

Question: 12. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Answer: This is question should be handled carefully as this can have implication on your answer. Though the interviewer may ask about friends instead of relatives but the name of the friends you are going to mention should have well thought of you.

Question: 13. What is your Expected Salary?
Answer: A direct or odd answer can take you out of this race rather say something like that it’s a tough question but I think I have contributed the best of my ability in my previous job and can make the same in every new job. So, the salary range should reflect the value of my skills. Even, you can convey it in a different way by asking the range of the salary for this position on the basis of which you can present a wide range.

Question: 14. Are you a team player?
Answer: Working together as a team is the key point in achieving greater goal than anyone could have achieved individually. So, reply quickly with a fine example that you are a team player. You can present examples of your academics and athletics skills in school or college days. You can mention your previous work in which you do assists your colleagues in several team projects as a member or a team leader.

Question: 15. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Answer: Don’t specify any particular time period and your answer should reflect that you want to work for a long period provided both the organization and you are happy with the job.
I am looking for a long-term commitment and so want to work as long as my contribution is recognized.

Question: 16. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
Answer: This is a serious one, as the answer will show your whole organizational responsibility. Your answer should be something like that you will like to fire someone when anyone’s personal ambition or in general work comes against the betterment of the organization. When it comes to the organization it is the duty of every committed employ to protect the organization.

Question: 17. What is your philosophy towards work?
Answer: This doesn’t require a philosophical description here. The answer should be simple and positive that you want to provide the best of your ability for the betterment of the organization.

Question: 18. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer: Since you have to work then it is better to say no with a note that you like to prefer this kind of work. But your answer can be yes if you really mean it.

Question: 19. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
Answer: If not then say no but if you have come across such situation then be honest and give a brief and never say anything negative about the individual or organization involved.

Question: 20. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
Answer: This question provides you a chance to highlight your positive points relating to your job and how you can give benefit to the organization with your effort. Think a little ahead as far as your relationship and company is concerned.

You can also mention that you are looking for the right opportunity to apply your present skills and at the same time develop new ones from the experience and that would be an asset to the organization.

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