A job interview proves extremely critical to a fresher. The fact that he has no prior experience working in the industry makes his interview very important. The interviewers select a set of questions to gauge the candidate for the industry. The questions are devised to evaluate the knowledge and confidence of the candidate. Some of the questions are related to your field of expertise while others are designed to check your confidence and attitude. You may answer questions related to your field easily if you have subject knowledge. You need to be careful about questions that are general. Answers to such questions are used to gauge you as a person and your attitude towards life. Here we have made a list of questions that a fresher may be asked during his job interview.
General Questions asked in an Interview for Freshers:
Question 1: Did you have any problem finding our office?
Suggested Answer: The interviewer usually asks this question to make the candidate comfortable. You can smile and answer this question by saying: “It was quite easy to find this place.”
Question2: How are you today?
Answer Tip: This shows that the interviewer is quite caring and polite. He or she wants to put the candidate to ease before getting down to serious business. You can politely answer, “ I am very well thank you.”
Question 3: Tell me something about yourself
Understanding the question:The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related item sunless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work upto the present.
I am srinath chennamadavuni, I am 28 years old, I was born, brought up in karimnagar district which is a part of andhrapradesh, I completed my mba with finance in 2005 from kakatiya university, I am a certified professional with a extensive background in business management and finance. Once I finished my mba, I started working for a foundation which was established by my own brother; there my role was taking care of the events and charities conducted by our foundation, our foundation mainly dealt with fund raising events to help poor children and diabetic patients. Bur for our personal reasons we closed our foundation recently, So I was forced to get a new job to survive, And I want a change in my career, So I am searching for a position which is challenging, and allows me to utilize my knowledge and skills, However I am always eager to learn new things, and I want to update my personal and technical skills along with the job, So I thought BPOs are the best choice and would give me a quick start to my life as I have a long gap after my MBA.
I have great knowledge in computers preferably on Microsoft operating systems and office such as word and excel. And I have good practical knowledge in system trouble shooting, hardware and network, system software related problems.
I am a great devotee of Hanuman, and I am very kind at heart and like to serve needy,
I am also volunteering as a representative with the local clubs, charities in karimnagar and I enjoy participating in community and charity events. And I was appreciated many times by those charities and clubs for my successful participation.
I spend my free time with my family and friends.
Playing cricket, carom, making friends, Browsing Internet, Music are my major hobbies, I have got some prizes in cricket and caroms also.
Finally, I am looking forward to have a long term association with your organization.
I am confident that your company will benefit from my knowledge and skills. Thank you.
Question 4: Why should we hire you?
Answer Tip:The recruiter would be happy to listen from you as to how you can add value. You should carefully mention what you bring to the table which matches with the job profile and the specifications.
Your answer point by point answer could be in terms of your qualifications, experience, skills and special achievements which you bring with you.
Draw their attention to how your assets meet what the organization’s needs.
Be careful not to make any direct or indirect comparison with other candidates.
Since you are a fresher do emphasize that you are able to grasp new things quickly and are a good team worker with a flexible attitude. Employers do want to see such qualities in a fresh graduate.
I understand your position requirements and if you take a look at my resume, I am quite certain that you will find that my skills and potential over and above exceed the qualifications and responsibility for this job. So, Is there a reason why you should not hire me?
I can surpass your expectations only if you give a chance to proof my managerial skills and abilities and together we can achieve desired goals.
I am reliable and have complete dedication and passion about my work also my responsibilities are my first priorities. This job profile suits me and I think this would be the ladder for me to move towards my goals.
Question 5: What do you know about our company?
Whether you are an Engineer or MBA; fresher with no experience or having some experience, you should know about the company, its business operations, areas of activities as you are going to work for this company.What is the history of the company? What is the position of the company in the Industry? What is the current business and turnover ? How does this company differ from the competition? What are the things about the company that attract you? What interesting innovations has the company introduced in the recent past?
So go on internet and check if the company has this company been in the news lately? Who are the people in the top management? Look for new programs, projects, new products. Check out any press releases
Your background work will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and is very keenly interested in working for the company and the job.
Question 6: What do you do in your spare time?
While the question is straight, you may want to bring up hobbies that will help you succeed at work or enhance your personality.
So you may mention about hobbies that keep you active like cricket, tennis or cycling. From the employer’s point of view, these subjects can be great ways to interact with clients, and it will show that you like to keep yourself physically fit.
You may also mention about any volunteer work that you do. This shows that you have concerns for the society besides yourself.
Of course, never about partying and drinking because this may make you seem too immature for the position.
Question 7: Tell me something about your values?
It is a simple and easy question and your answer should be equally straight and simple. Tell about your work place values such as your integrity, your character and your work ethic etc. As long as you’re saying something positive, that’s a good and acceptable answer. It would be better to recall your research about the company and their corporate values – so that you can talk about which as your own values that align with theirs. Now, please note that it is not being suggested here that you lie and just tell them what they want to hear.
Question 8: What are your Greatest Strengths?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples:Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure,Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude .23. Tell me about your dream job.Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for isit, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and cant wait to get to work.
But bear in mind that the interviewer is looking for work related skills so don’t talk of something else.
Question 9: How long would you stay with us, if hired?
It is better to be as honest as possible when you answer this question. No one is expected to stay in the same company for his entire life and the interviewers know this very well. At the same time, if you know that you are going to relocate to another location then also you should not mislead a potential boss, as you may need to use him or her for a reference at some time in the future.
Question 10 : What are your short term and long term goals?
” My short term goal is to achieve financial independence with a secured job, And my long term goal, May be In five years, With my improved skills and experience, I want to see myself at least as a middle level Manager and have a team reporting to him directly which must be a long jump on my ladder”. And “My goal is to be the best at whatever I do. I want to be a successful career person who can act as a source of inspiration to others to do their best.”
I have some short term and long term career goals in my life. In short term goals, I want to get a challenging and innovative job in the international market according to my idea and my skills, which helps me to learn and to grow professionally. In long term goals, I want to improve my personal and professional skills in the upcoming technologies and to achieve such a position which worth according to my experience and knowledge.
My short term goal is to develop the necessary skills and experience needed in my field.
My long term goal is to climb up the corporate ladder in the organization, to achieve somewhere in the managerial position. To be meeting clients, discussing their goals and how can I help them as a company
Most importantly, I wish to achieve financial independence.
Just always remain punctual and calm towards recuriter.
Question 11: What will you do if you are not selected today?
I will give my best to get this job, unfortunately, if I am not selected for this job, I will recall my performance and analyze the weak parts. I will try to overcome those mistakes in possible ways and I will get ready for another interview.
Success and failure are both important part of our life. If I get rejected to I take in a positive way but I would like to know where I lack & what mistakes are so, that I can rectify myself as soon as possible & get ready for next interview.
Me, being reasonably clean, I am proud of most of my work. I am a simple working class guy. Being a self learner, I will find my mistakes which caused me failure…and take them as an experience I will try for better tomorrow in the next interview.
“These above lines reflects your positive attitude towards interviewer.”
Question 12: What do you consider to be the important element of teamwork?
Answer Tip :
Whether in the workplace or on the football field, or even amongst members of a community, effective teamwork can produce incredible results. However, working successfully as a team is not as easy as it may seem. Effective teamwork certainly does not just happen automatically; it takes a great deal of hard work and compromise. There are a number of factors that must be in place to cohere together as a team and work seamlessly.
• Good leadership:
• Clear communication:
• Establishing roles:
• Conflict Resolution:
• Set a good example:
Regardless of what type of sales you are in, you may one day be asked to be part of a team sales effort, and knowing how to effectively work on and with a team is going to be crucial to your success and that of your team.
Question 13: How much salary you are expecting?
“I’d appreciate it if you could make me an offer a maximum based on your company norms whatever you have budgeted for this position and we can go from there”
As a fresher, I cannot expect much, But I would appreciate if you offer me a maximum based on your company norms.
I am interested in finding a job that is a good fit for me. I’m sure whatever salary you’re paying is consistent with the rest of the market.” In other words, I respect myself and I want to think I can respect this company.
Question 14: What Have You Been Doing Since Your Last Job/Education?
(If you have an employment or education gap on your resume, the interviewer will probably ask this question.)
I worked on several freelance projects, while actively job seeking.
I volunteered for a literacy program that assists disadvantaged children.
My aging parents needed a temporary caregiver and I spent time looking after them.
I spent time being a stay-at-home as mom and volunteering at my daughter’s school.
I took some continuing education classes and seminars.
Question 15: What do you expect from your team leader if you are in a team?
I appreciate a work environment where team leaders try to make personal connections with their teams.
I would like to be able to go my manager if I have an issue or idea and to be able to feel comfortable to expressing my thoughts. I would also expect my team leader to be open and honest with me and to let me know if there is anything I could do to improve upon or do differently in my work.
Question 16: If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.Don’t mention those things that u didn’t have.
Question 17 : Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.
Question 18 : Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.