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How to prepare for a successful interview to get the job?

Updated on August 22, 2010

According to me, interview is a 30-minute drama. These 30 minutes will decide, you are in or out, so why not prepare well for this 30-minute drama. If you succeed and get the job for the coming years, no one will ask you, "Tell me something about yourself" or "what are your strengths and weaknesses.

Prepare for these questions that will be asked to you during the interview:

Q 1: Tell me some thing about yourself?

Ans: Prepare for this question. Do not have a scripted answer for this question or do not mug up the words, they give a negative impact. Remember, first impression is the last one.

1 Start with your name.

2 Where you belong to?

3 Your qualification.

4 Your work experience.

5 Your achievements in the past with the present and previous companies, that's what interviewers want to hear, do not make it very heavy, tell them about two to three achievements for sure.

6 Talk about your family, what your parents do and your siblings do?

7 At the end, tell about your hobbies in a very passionate way, with the expression you love to do these things. Avoid saying " I love reading books, watching movies, playing cricket and Making friends", these were talked 30 years before.

Reason why this question is asked. Interviewer judges following through your answer:

1 The level of your communication.

2 The level of your confidence.

3 Your ability to express your self.

4 How much you "be in to your self".

5 How much you love to talk about you?

6 He/she would compare you with other candidates.

7 How is your body language?

Remember, interviewer is a human being, he/she has to judge the basic characteristics about you, even if your have the best experience for the job, he may land-up deciding that you are not the right fit-character for their organization, so why take a chance.

Around 80% of the time interviewer decides to select/reject the candidates based on the answer to this question "Tell me something about yourself" or Situation (-ve), he/she may decide to go further with the interview with the positive mind-frame or should he just ask formality questions.

So, you have to decide you how to control the psychology of the interviewer by sending the first impression, very impact full or very dull.

Q 2: What do you know about the company you have come for the interview?

Ans: One day before the interview, go through the web site of the company you are going for the interview and have these three points ready with you:

1 Where is the company based?

2 What do they do, their products and services?

3 Any of the recent news (related to financial decisions, new growth plans, information through media), which might flash on the web site or you may gather from google or other sources.

Q 3: Which position you are here for the interview?

Ans: Know the position you are going for and read the job description. Most of the people answer this question this way ......"Well I don't know" or, they think too much or just sound confused or, they would give the wrong position, eg...."Well I think I am here for the finance no no...I think I am here for the Accounts Executive.....may be something in Finance or accounts", etc. etc.

This would turn the interviewer to situation (-ve). Be accurate about the position you are going for.

Q 4: Tell me about your job responsibilities in the present company you are working for?

Ans: One day before, make a list of the work you do for your present company. Keep the list simple and short, write only the key work in bullet-points and try.

Q 5: Why do you want to leave your present job or why did you leave the XYZ organization you were working with?

Ans: Again remember, this is a very important question, despite all the satisfactory answers if the answer to this question is not given correctly the interviewer will turn to Situation (-ve).

What should be your answer?

Wrong Answer: Remember one thing, your answer should not have anything negative into it, like I want to leave because I am less paid, I am not given promotion in last 2 years or my boss doesn't know anything, my work is not challenging, and my work has gone monotonous.

Correct Answer: Talk about your achievements and learning in the present organization and connect it to, now you want to accept more responsibilities, bigger span of leadership, and of course a better pay.

Q 6: What are your strengths and Weaknesses?

Q 7: Why should we hire you, or, why do you think you deserve this job?

Ans: Because I have all the relevant experience and qualification to do the job. You should hire me because of my ability to perform, you should hire me because I am positive about the organization and I am very exited to do the work attached to this profile and organization.

Q 8: Why do you want to join our organization?

Ans: As per my study, it is a good brand and a growing organization and I want to develop my skills through your organization.

Q 9: Where do you see yourself 2 or 5 years down the line?

Ans: Tell a realistic position you will be after 5 years, a realistic role you will be performing and most important know how will you achieve it. Interviewer want to know how ambitious you are, how realistic you are in planning your career.

Don't give answers like: I want to be the CEO, may be you want to, keep that secret up to you. Make the interviewer hear what he wants to hear, if you want this job so badly.

Q 10: When can you join us or how much time you need to join us?

Ans: Give a bigger bracket: 15-30 Days. Say as per my current company's policy, we need to give minimum 30 days notice, but even if the requirement is to join early, I can work it out, but do not ever tell them that you want to the job so badly, even if it is.

Q11: What is your current salary and how much do you expect?

Ans: Always know this well in advance, also have the break-up of your current salary in your mind. If possible carry a copy of your latest salary slip, this may help the interviewer in processing your offer letter faster.

Q 12: What are your major achievements in your career?

Ans: Have minimum two ready from your current job and two from your previous job.


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      prakash 5 years ago

      It is really very helpful.

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      Suma S Hubballi 6 years ago

      really gave an idea about how to answer and with wat attitude for the questions asked

      facing an interview on 2nd, my first one on a professional base...

      thank you

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      Ratna 7 years ago

      Hi, details are very helpful.

      I have one question which i had faced in an interview was why we have to offer you that much salary? I could not convince him why i was demanding that much. Could you help me.......

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      Jacob 7 years ago

      This is helpful to me cz am about to graduate...

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am glad that you found this hub useful enough to leave a comment.

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      Tsukune 7 years ago

      This is very helpful I'm sure it'll be put to good use for myself and many others. Thanks for sharing. =)

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      When an interviewer ask what are your weakness, tell him something about your real experience when you faced something and you felt weak. There is no shame is doing that. Be truthful and the job will touch your feet.

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      mi16 7 years ago

      if i am asked can u tell me what are your weakness what i should answer

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Definitely I will help you out. Contact me.

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      mi 8 years ago

      hi,your post was gr8 and helpful,i have an interview in next ten days can u help me

      my email is

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure payne.

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      payne 8 years ago

      thnx 4 d tips man


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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Pankaj. Different people have different thinking.

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      Pankaj Pathak 8 years ago from Delhi

      Thanks for answering. As you said u feel physical assault is more hurting than moral affront.....This might be your opinion...but I think otherwise..

      What I feel is that when someone hurts you physically, it will be healed clinically, but if you are hurt morally, there is no such medicine that could heal that pain....You will go on thinking about that thing time and again and THIS I FEEL IS MORE HURTING than being PHYSICALLY HURT..

      Anywayz...thx for ur answer....Good.