What qualities do you think will be required for this job?
advertisement for the job may help you a little bit, but you
should also think of the other qualities that may be required.
These may include leadership ability, supervisory skills,
communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving,
analytical skills, etc.
What can you
This is your
chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements in your
previous position's) which are relevant to the new position you
are applying for.
Why do you want to
work for this company?
positive reasons why you want to join their company, but avoid
aspects such as more money or shorter hours. These would not
endear you to a prospective employer.
What do you know
about this company?
This is your
chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their
company. Give them a run down of their products/services, sales
figures, news, company figures, customers, etc. Visit their web
site. Collect information from India Info Online etc. Click on
Google and type in Company name and download latest happenings.
What interests you
about Thier product s(or services)?
research into the company should aid you in answering this
What can we (the
new company) offer that your previous company cannot offer?
here! Again do not mention money. Stress opportunities for
personal growth, new challenges, etc. Never Criticise your
earlier employer or the boss.
How long do you
think it would be before you were making a significant
contribution to the team/company?
If you think that
you could contribute from day one then say so. Then turn the
question round on them and say how soon would they expect it. It
would be a good idea to ask them on what parameters you shall be
evaluated at the end of the year. Would the company be willing
to put that as an annexure to your appointment letter. This will
indicate that you are a result oriented individual.
How ambitious are
you? Would you compete for my job?
Depending on the
position you are applying for you may want to sound fairly
ambitious, but do not look as if you are after the interviewer's
What do you like
and dislike about the job we are discussing?
things such as a new challenge or the opportunity to bring fresh
experience to the company.
there is nothing to dislike about the job, which is why you are
Why did you choose
a career in …?
Be positive about
your reasons. If you have changed careers make a logical
argument as to why you did so.
Why are you
This question will
only be asked if you are making a radical change in your career.
Always stress the positive aspects of the change rather than the
negative aspects of your previous career - you do not want to
come across as someone who is moving just because you hate your
old career. Say why you think you will be good in the new career
- this should come from your experience and achievements, stress
the transferable skills you have, such as leadership ability,
How much does your
last job resemble the one you are applying for? What are the
The interviewer is
trying to see how well you would fit in to the position you are
applying for. So you should stress the similarities rather than
the differences. When it comes to discussing the differences it
will help your case if you can show that either you have done
something similar in the past or that you can quickly pick up
the new skills.
What do you think
of the last company you worked for?
You should stress
the positive aspects of your last company saying that they were
a good company to work for. Tell them about the training you
received or the work related experience you gained.
Why did you join
your previous company? Did they live up to your expectations?
Why are you leaving now?
Always be positive
about your reasons for joining and leaving a company. Be very
careful that you do not say anything negative about your present
employer. If you do, the new company will wonder what you will
say about them when you leave. You might want to stress that you
are looking for a new challenge and that you feel that the
company who is interviewing you fits the bill!
organizational structure in your last company and how you fitted
This sort of
question may be used to find out whether your old job is at a
comparable level to your new job. If the new job being discussed
would be a step up the ladder you will need to show that you are
ready for a more demanding position. You may be able to show
that you have already had many of the responsibilities and the
necessary skills which would be required for the next step.