Best tips on "How to answer interview questions"

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While preparing for job interviews, job seekers are worried about – How to answer the job interview questions? How to begin responding? And, what should be the margin of appropriate answering? Really, it is a very serious matter on which each and every candidate has to give their best effort in finding the correct way to answer the interview questions. Or, we can say, it is the trump card to ace an interview.

The most important things you should do before getting into interview process is to gather maximum information that can be supportive in the interview. No matter, where the interview is, just keep in your mind that “your quality talk should be helpful in moving you towards the job success”. That’s why, while talking/answering, you should take a balanced approach. Answer the questions confidently and don't over confident. Don’t show your attitude towards the interviewer.

Additionally, there are various things have to be considered while determining about how to answer the job interview questions. Here are some tips that provide wonderful insights on how to answer the job interview questions.

How to answer interview questions

Complete research about the job profile and the company

Before the interview, give some quality time to gather maximum information about the company and the job profile. In the process of doing research work, you can collect the complete company’s information mainly from the company website pages, and also from other websites like Glassdoor,paycheck etc. Additionally, there are many other resources to gather quality information about the company and the job profile; you just need to find the correct resource to start. The more you know about the company and the job profile, better you will be in answering the interview questions.

Request for Clarification

If you missed the topic on which the conversation was going on or what the interviewer has asked? Don’t hesitate to request for clarification. Instead of giving the wrong answer without hearing the question properly, better to clarify first, collect some good thoughts and then answer.

Be formal

While answering, you should focus more on explaining about your professional skills and abilities and not on explaining about your family members, likes & dislikes, your hobbies, personal life, etc. Don’t become emotional and start crying. Don’t share your bad experiences and work related issues that you had faced in the previous company.

Keep on practicing

Practice makes a man perfect – A sincere effort and constant practice doesn’t go in vain, very soon it will open the door to success. You may or may not win your test in the first attempt, but don't give up. Try to rectify the mistakes you made in the first attempt and move on.

Similarly, if a job seeker sets a goal on his dream job, he has to keep on practising whether the interview is scheduled or not. You don't know when you will get a call for interview and you can't complain about short span of time given to you to appear for an interview. Many candidates find it difficult to prepare in short span of time. Continuous practice boost your confidence level and calm your nervousness which can be easily recognized by the interviewers during interview.

Center toward better future and the company’s expansion

A quite common question every interviewer asks during the interview - Why you left your previous job? Or why you are leaving your current job? The question looks very simple, but actually it is not. Based on your answer, the interviewer decides your nature and for how long he/she is going to stand in the company, if hired. So, while answering, think properly and center your answer toward better future and the company’s expansion.

Give some time to your thoughts

Don’t jump from one answer to another without completing the first one, or don’t try to change the topic of the question by changing your responses. Carefully, listen to the questions that come towards you, give some time to your thoughts, compose some quality thoughts in your mind and then jump forward to answer the questions appropriately and effectively.

Correct knowledge about your work & education history

Usually, the interviewer will ask some questions from the information mentioned in your resume, information like educational background, work history, projects, etc. Thoroughly check what you have mentioned in your resume. There should not be any mismatch between the information you verbally provide and the information that is mentioned in your resume. If the interviewer caught that variance, he may think, a candidate is lying and his profile is not genuine.

Stay cool & calm

Whether, you are going to give your first interview or you have already given many interviews in the past, during the interview, try to handle all the questions peacefully even if you know the answer to the question or not. This particular characteristic will not only help you handle complicated questions/issues, it will also create a cool and calm image of yours in front of the interviewer panel.

Take advantage of your credentials

A candidate gets extra privilege when he/she has taken a degree, done any special training courses or have taken certification on the skills required for the job profile. For Example, if a software company needs a software engineer, who is good in Java/J2EE, C, C, and SQL. A candidate who does his engineering with the stream “computer science” and have a certification in Java/J2EE, will be an ideal candidate for the company.

Take the advantage of your degree courses, certification, training courses, if you have done. Don’t forget to mention about your credentials in the interview. Your credentials will increase your confidence level and help you in answering the questions effectively.

Set the examples specific to skills required for the job profile

While answering, try to fit appropriate examples with your responses. While giving out the examples, try to relate it with your past experience and how you handled those scenarios effectively for best results. The more explicit and skilled you are, more chance of being considered as the best suitable person for the job profile.

Before coming to the interview, by understanding the skills required for the job profile, recall the projects that you had already done in your previous companies, using the specified skills. Make a plan in your mind on how effectively you are going to convey your past experience in an effective way in a short span.

Relate your skills with the job requirement

By understanding the job specific requirement, answer the questions in a manner to relate your skills specifically to the skills required for the job profile. Your responses should be direct and to the point. Show your interest in accepting all challenges that you may face as an employee of the company. Your answer should present your ability and skills and how you are going to use those skills and ability in giving the best values to the company.

How to convince throughout the interview?

The employers/interviewers put their vision on you from the minute you walk in the interview’s room, so overall, your motive should be to convince the interviewers by showing,

  • You are very much interested to work for the company
  • You are thankful for being interviewed
  • You are willing to improve your skills, ready to take new & big challenges, and capable to add value to the company

At last, but most important interview questions

These are the most important and common interview questions that have been asked in the interview,

  • Tell me something about yourself
  • Why did you pick this line of business?
  • Why you left your last job? 
  • What do you know about this company and the job profile?
  • Why do you want to work for this company and a job profile?
  • What do you hate about your current job?
  • Do you like to work in a team or alone?
  • What salary are you expecting for this position?
  • What are your strongest strengths?
  • Which quality of yours makes you proud?
  • What did you most like in your previous job?
  • Why should we employ you for this job post?
  • Where do you like to perceive yourself in next five years?
  • What inspires you at the work?
  • How do you handle the work pressure and the problems that may come during the work?
  • What qualities are required to become a successful manager?
  • How you are the best that no one else is for this job profile?
  • Tell me when you worked under pressure and how you have handled that?
  • Explain, when you had taken the responsibility of the team as a leader?
  • What is your biggest weakness?

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