July 16, 2008

Common Interview Questions

Filed under: Interviews, Latest Trends in HR, Recruitment — Tags: , — Braj Mohan Chaturvedi @ 8:20 pm

This list of Common Interview Questions is based on the interviews I have attended in the past. I suggest all of you to review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them.

Here is the list:

• Tell me about yourself
• Why did you leave your last job? Why are you looking forward for the change? What has disappointed you in current job?
• What experience do you bring in to the table in this field? Why should we hire you?
• Why do you want to work for this organization? What do you know about this organization?
• What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
• What is your definition of the dream job? What are you looking from this job?
• Are you applying for other jobs?
• What is your greatest strength? What makes you feel that you would be asset to the organization? How can you be an asset to this organization?
• Can you work under pressure?
• Do you consider yourself successful?
• Do you know anyone who works for us?
• Are you a team player?
• What will your co-workers and supervisor say about you? How much your co-workers and supervisor will rate you on scale of five? Explain why?
• What irritates you about your co-workers and boss? What qualities do you look for in your co-workers and boss?
• How long would you expect to work for us if hired? When are you planning to retire?
• What is your philosophy towards work?
• Have you ever had to fire anyone? Why did you do it?
• Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
• What is more important to you: the money or the work?
• What makes you feel that you would do well at this job? What motivates you to do your best on the job?
• What is your work style? What is your management style?
• What is important work ethics or getting things done?
• What is your salary expectation?
• Would you be willing to relocate if required?
• Do you have any questions for me?

These are the top twenty-five questions around which the HR round of the interview process resolves. Once you have answers of these questions there is nothing stopping you.


How I landed into my dream job

Filed under: Interviews, Latest Trends in HR — Tags: , — Braj Mohan Chaturvedi @ 8:18 pm

I always wanted to be a Journalist. My parents had different plans, and I was sent to do an MBA. The MBA degree landed me in a Corporate with a decent job, but I was not happy. In search of perfect mach I changed two companies in four months. Finally at half of the salary I joined University Press, where I started business writing. I worked with the University Press for three years before responsibility called a quit. In my case, I discovered my strengths in a much early stage. The decision of quitting corporate and joining University press at half of the salary was not an easy decision. I could do that with ease because I had limited family responsibilities.

The mantras of success are start exploring your dream role early, and have clarity of thoughts. It is also important because by doing so you are giving yourself more scope for self- discovery in pursuing your passion. In my case I did not rely merely on my qualification, academic performance, skill, aptitude and a good luck. I worked hard to realize my dreams.

Ten action points which helped me get my dream job(s)
• Explore options early in life.
• Give yourself time to analyze options and develop clarity
• Announce your dream role to every one – friends, relatives, job portals, recruitment consultants.
• Explain what exactly you are looking from the job, and what you can offer to employer
• Enrich your understanding of the industries and the companies which can offer you, your dream role.
• Average to strong working knowledge of English both, written and oral, is essential in the global workplace. Not to forget that one of the regional language or Hindi is a must in case of India.
• In this era of rapid change learn to unlearn old and learn new. People who have desire to keep up-to-date are in great demand.
• Cultivate a range of IT skills to enhance your flexibility for a wider variety of dream jobs.
• Demonstration of teamwork and enthusiasm not only in action but also through body language is must.
• Every job demands formal attire that fits well.

I always believed that everything in this world is at your arms length if you have patience, persistence and planning.

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