Sometime back I found these 18 general interview questions, the answers to the questions are not perfect but gives an idea about the questions and their answers. How would you describe your personality? "I'm pretty even-tempered.
I enjoy being part of a team and feel comfortable both making decisions and following directions." Tell me about yourself and your past experience?
"I have been working in Information Technology industry for last 4-5 years. I had an opportunity to work in teams and independently. I am very comfortable in both the environments. I have developed Client/Server and Intranet applications, involving full life cycle, which includes Requirement Phase, Analysis/Design, Development, Unit
Pick a weakness that could also be consider a strength. "Sometimes I'm overly concerned with doing a good job and my boss tells me I drive myself too hard." Then mention your strengths: your ability to get the job done efficiently and on time; your pride in your work. Or also you can tell, My strength is my flexibility. As director of operations at a startup company, I've had to deal with and handle changes and new policies constantly. As far as weaknesses, I really enjoy my work, and sometimes I put in too much time on some projects. But by being aware of my tendency, I have learned to work smarter. Why are you leaving your current job?
Forget about the fact that you hate your boss and your co-workers drive you crazy. Instead, say, "I'm ready to take on more responsibilities and learn more, but the opportunities at my current job are limited. Or I've set some goals for myself and my career, and unfortunately I'm at a standstill in my current situation. I have begun to explore options available before I spend too much time in a job where I can't advance. My goal is to continue to take on new responsibilities and be a key contributor to the success of an online venture." Why do you change jobs so often?
"Mainly to learn and advance. I understand there's a lot of room for growth here, and I hope to stay a long time if I'm offered the job." Did you get along with your previous boss?
If you didn't, and know you can't use her as a reference, be candid but not bitter or complaining. "She's very professional and taught me a lot, and I'm grateful for that. But I would have liked more responsibilities than I was offered." How would your boss describe you and your work style?
"First, she'd say I have a lot of initiative - I see a big picture and do what has to be done to achieve results. Secondly, that I have business savvy - I know the business side as well as the technical side. And thirdly, I have a high work ethic - if I say I'm going to do something, I do it." Why didn't you go further in school?
"At the time, earning a living was more important. But I'm thinking of furthering my education now." What do you do in your spare time?
Say you keep up with current events and have been reading a best-selling business book (do it). Talk about any community activities you're involved in, but stress that those commitments won't interfere with work.
What interests you most about this position? Stress the opportunity you'll have to grow, learn and acquire new skills. What interests you least about this position?
Even if you hate filing, don't say so. Say, "I really don't see any major negatives. I can use the skills I already have and also learn new ones." Why should we hire you?
This is the big one, so really sell yourself. "I love a challenge and I'm a fast learner. I have experience in this area, so I'll be able to start with some idea of what I'm doing. Everything I know about this company makes me feel we'd be a good match." What experience have you had that qualifies you for this position?.
"I have experience working with e-commerce companies on the consulting side. I've managed teams and have strong experience with HTML and ASP. My communication skills and business acumen are my strengths. I can wear many hats and believe I can bring added value to a team effort." What attracted you to this job?
"I've been searching for a while now to find a company that had a business model and corporate philosophy
like yours. I am interested in working for a company that provides products and services to the K-12 education market. My background is in this field, and my strength is in building relationships and solving problems. I am excited and interested in the idea of developing business relationships through e-commerce." What are your salary expectations?
"I really need more information about the job before we start to discuss salary. I'd like to postpone that discussion until later. Could you tell me what is budgeted for the position?" What qualities do you think are important to this position?
"To have a combination of technical and business knowledge and to be very results-oriented. My past record shows that I have those qualities and more. Because of my business acumen and technical know-how, the teams I have managed accomplished outstanding results, including booking more than $50 million in online revenue." When have you been most motivated?
"My first job in a Software Eng. I had to undergo some rigorous training to understand the product and customer. At the same time, we were actually working with the customer. It required a lot of self-direction and motivation. I thrived on the whole experience - the discipline, the planning and the deadlines. It was a pressure cooker, but I got through it." Do you have any questions?
This is usually asked by the interviewer at the end of the interview.). "Yes, I do. Who are your financial backers? Who are the key competitors? Does the company have a plan for the IPO? What would you say is the best thing about your product/service?"
[ March 24, 2006: Message edited by: Sameer Jamal ]