Common Interview Questions


What is a Common Interview?

Common interview questions, irrespective of the technical / non- technical subject generally asked in interviews. The common questions would be about yourself , academics related questions, career goals and paths, challenges at work, strengths and weakness, work history, about personal life, about your work experience, biggest accomplishments, salary requirements, about company, and more.

 

Apart from verifying technical skills, interviewers also verify a candidate's behavioral skills, attitude, strengths, weaknesses, goals and accomplishments, motivational skills, ability to handle work stress and pressure and more. By practicing several sample questions and answers you will understand what kind of questions are asked in interviews, the answers would help you understand what is the motive of interviewer behind the question and when your turn comes answer with more confidence.

 

We have a large collection of sample questions on 'Common Interview' that are frequently asked in many interviews for your practice.


Q:

A phrase expressing the aim of a group or party?

Answer

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The aim of a group or party must be


• The mission or purpose of the group - what business they are in.


• The vision or direction they are headed - often expressed as the impact they want to have distinct from their purpose. 


• The strategies for how they will get from where they are today to where they are headed; these are broadly stated, like a 50,000-foot overview, and are typically few in number, usually no more than 3-5 key areas of focus. 


• The goals and objectives for how the strategies will be implemented; these are sometimes referred to as tactics or operational plans; there is usually no specific limit on the number of these, and they are more specific and not so far out in the future, often 1-2 years or less.

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Q:

Tell us about a time when you missed a significant deadline

Answer

Tell us about a time when you missed a deadline.


(or)


Let's discuss a time when you missed a significant deadline.


If you answer something like "You never missed a deadline". Most interviewers will immediately conclude you are not experienced and may also feel you are lying. 


Approach - It is absolutely necessary to accept that you have missed a deadline and give reasons how you resolved and what you learned from it. This will demonstrate your experience.


You could say in one of the first projects earlier in your career you missed an important deadline and made the boss very upset. It was a great learning experience and after doing some introspection, you realized, you could have done better planning, prioritization and communication. Now, you use special tools, processes and methods to address these issues. Now your team, colleagues and management are always up to date so no surprises arise on meeting deadlines. 


Below are few things you may emphasize on in your response...


Effective planning


Procedural Improvements


Better Prioritization


Open communication


Better Status reporting

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Q:

Suppose you are in a situation where deadlines and priorities change frequently and rapidly. How would you handle it?

Answer

Deadlines are set in several ways some are artificial while others are real. In a situation where deadlines change frequently and rapidly it is important to be able to tell which are real and which are artificial. One must be flexible and agile with the ability to adapt to the needs of the office. A good attitude would be to imagine you are a juggler who must keep several balls in the air at one time. This would enable you to focus quickly on the job at hand and move on to the next without hesitation or stress. 

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Q:

Tell me about a time that you helped someone?

Answer

Most recently, we had a new hire (Prakash) that was really struggling with getting to work on time, and I knew the boss (Dan) was getting irritated. Over lunch one day I explained to Prakash how important it was to our boss for everyone to be there at least 10 minutes early. It was personal with the Harry, but you could really get on his bad side when you were frequently late. The new employee was grateful for the advice. At his previous employment, the boss was only concerned about the work getting done on time; he/she did not "watch the clock".

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Q:

Have you worked with someone you didn't like? If so, how did you handle it?

Answer

Yes, I've worked with someone whom I found difficult to like as a person. However, when I focused on the skills they brought to the job, their ability to solve problems and the two things I did appreciate, slowly my attitude towards them changed. We were never friends, but we did work well together.

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Q:

What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?

Answer

The best way to respond to the interview question "What are your goals for the future?"


Don't discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family, they are not relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. Rather, you want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for. Examples of good responses include:


=> My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.


=> I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.


=> Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.


=> In the XYZ Corporation, what is a typical career path for someone with my skills and experiences?

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Q:

Rate Yourself 1-10?

Answer

I think its 8 because even if i have strength i still have weaknesess.

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Q:

Describe a stressful situation and how you handled it?

Answer

The interviewer wants to know how you will deal in stressful situations by asking this question.


Sample answer:


I react to situations rather than being stressful. I want to make the situations not to be stress for anybody. If a situation seems overwhelming, I mentally break it up into smaller steps and just focus on reaching each one on the way to accomplishing the larger task. Once I had a situation that in the same week i had to submit two projects which is very pressure to me. As i was skilled in multiple tasks, i just break down all the works i have in to smaller assignments and just worked one by one to complete the whole task. By this way i handled my stressful situation and submitted my projects within the due time.


Ofcourse, such situations helps me to stay motivated and productive.

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