• Shivangi Agrawal

What are the types of Interview questions and how to prepare?Common Job Interview questions!!

Certainly, recruiters won’t ask you all the questions in a row. But chances are, they’ll sample a few questions from the categories to get a full sense of your skills and personality. We have listed below the categories which are generally covered.

Tradition Questions

These fairly common interview questions may sound familiar to you because they’ve been around for decades.

They’re some of the first questions in an interview where interviewer starts to figure out who you are and what are your qualifications for the job. "Tell me about yourself, What do you consider to be your greatest professional strengths?, What would you say are your weaknesses?, Why do you want this job?, Why should we hire you?"

To address these questions, reflect the core competencies of the job in a natural-sounding way. The recruiter wants to make a successful hire and needs to see your value for the company. You should refer our blogs on common Interview questions Part I and Part 2.

Behavioral questions

No one ever really impressed a hiring manager alone with ideas about their work ethics or skills. If you say something, you need to prove it. And that’s when behavioral questions come into play.

Past behavior predicts future behavior. By seeing how you’ve fared in the past, recruiters can have a clearer vision of how you’ll perform in the future.

Personal stories make your job candidature far more credible. So if you want to leave a great impression, your personal stories are a great way to do it. Now’s the time to bring in some examples. To highlight success stories that demonstrate you have the core competencies the interviewer is looking for.

Never say:I’m a very hard-working person.

It means you are exaggerating about yourself, but you have nothing to tell. Start preparing for some common questions - "Can you describe a time you demonstrated leadership?, Can you speak to a time that you had to handle criticism of your work?, Tell me about a time when your workload was especially heavy and how you dealt with it."

In such questions, if you have good references then it will work for sure. Check out our suggestions for getting effective references here.

Logistical questions: Employment history and salary expectations

Details on your resume, your professional goals, or your salary expectations. You should be ready to talk about these logistical topics regardless of when they crop up. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

"You worked at your last company for a long time. Will it be difficult moving to a new firm?, Why have you changed jobs so often over the past few years?, If you got this job, how long would you plan to stay with us?, What did you earn at your last job?, What are your salary expectations?"

Challenging topics that you should skillfully handle include potential employment gaps or career changes. We covered about it in here. You should read about it if this is your case.

Salary negotiations, in particular, may show up a bit later in the hiring process, usually in a second interview when things get a bit more serious.

Oddball questions: The odd and unexpected

These questions totally unpredictable. Recruiters like to use them to throw you off balance a bit and see what happens when you get out of your comfort zone.

Also, they want to check your ability to think and see how you make decisions in real life. Potential questions being asked are

"If you could live your life over again from the beginning, what’s one thing that you would change?, If you could be an animal, which one would you be and why?, If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?, What’s one new thing you taught yourself in the last year?, What would the name of your app be?, You have two minutes. Teach me something. Why do people climb mountains?

You can set up a rapid-fire question and answer practice session with a friend to see what you come up with. You’ll see how you react without preparation and how good your improvisation skills are.

Remember not to overthink these too much. Keep your imagination active and flexible. This will help you unleash your creative genius as your spirits loosen up a bit.

During these days of pandemic, you will be asked more about your routine day. Now that as a human we have got more time at home than ever before, we always wanted to do stuffs we couldn't do. Now that you have got time, they will surely ask you about your area which you improvised during lock down and you need to be prepared with it.

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