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  • Hello my name is Niharika. When you apply for a job and your'e called for an interview,

  • there are various questions that are asked and the better prepared you are, the more

  • successful your interview would be. Well, you might have come across various videos

  • online that talk about the most common interview questions and answers. This video would be

  • a little different, because it's not just about the questions and answers, we are gonna

  • talk. I'm also gonna explain that what exactly the interviewer thinks, when he's asking certain

  • questions. What exact answers he's looking at and what are the common mistakes that you usually do.

  • The first most common question that is asked by the interviewer is, So tell me something

  • about yourself or he or she might also ask, that run me through your CV? Now here the

  • interviewer is not really interested in your answer. What they are looking at is your confidence,

  • your enthusiasm and the passion that you answer with. So it's the best time that you show

  • off your communication skills. Now usually I have observed that many people end up saying,

  • Ahh I love watching movies, I think I love partying. I have so many friends, so I really

  • enjoy partying. No that's not the right way that you answer to this question. What you

  • need to talk about is your education, where you grew up or you can also talk about your

  • past work experience, if you have any and your personal interests. For example, you

  • can say, Ahh well I grew up in France and I studied accounting. I also worked for an

  • accounting firm for about eight months and I really enjoy numbers, so maybe that's exactly

  • the reason, I love to solve them. Solving them is so much fun and in my spare time,

  • I really like reading and also go out jogging only if the weather allows me too. So that's

  • the way you would answer to this question.

  • The second most popular question that is asked by an interviewer is , What are your strengths?

  • Now here the interviewer is looking at how positive, you think about yourself. It's quite

  • a general question, there's no right or a wrong answer to it, but if you give out one

  • liners such as, Oh I'm a very friendly person, I love being with people and people love being

  • with me. That just doesn't sound great for an interview. Isn't it? So what you can say

  • is, My strongest trait is attention to detail. I totally believe in planning and execution.

  • In fact even when I was in college, I used to really organize my week and many people,

  • because of my very outgoing nature. Many people have said that I am quite approachable, so

  • I believe these are my strengths.

  • The third most common question that is asked is, So what are your weaknesses? Here for

  • this question, you need not be really negative about your self. I have heard people saying,

  • well I am a very impatient person or people also say, That I get angry easy. Well, that's

  • not the right answer. Maybe that is your weakness, but you need not bring it out. The best answer

  • to this, because what the interviewer is looking at is whether you can identify your weakness

  • and how you can cover it up. So one of the examples, that you can use to answer this

  • question is, I think my weakness is that I am way too detail oriented. I try to accomplish

  • everything and I just want everything to be perfect, but then I realize that I'm losing

  • out on time, so maybe that makes me submitting these projects pretty late. So I think that

  • is one of the weaknesses. So here basically, what you are doing is, you are displaying

  • that maybe, you run out of time, but your'e also giving a very positive aspect to it that,

  • you are a perfectionists. And that' s exactly what we saw as a strength in the previous

  • question too. So I think this is one of the best ways that you can answer to this question.

  • The next common question that is asked is, Where do you see yourself in five years from

  • now or the interviewer might also ask that, What are your long term or your short term

  • goals? Now here, Iv'e seen people really struggle to answer this question. Well, maybe, because

  • you yourself have no idea, where you would like to be, so usually people end up saying,

  • Oh I would like to be the CEO of this company or I would like to own an airline. That doesn't

  • sound right, so what a good answer to this question would be, because here the interviewer

  • is looking at, how committed you are gonna be to this company? A very clear path with

  • commitment, because you know what's the attrition rate these days. So he wants to know, how

  • long would you stick to the company? So one of the best answers that you can give, would

  • be, Well, five years from now, I think I would like to be in a management position. Till

  • then I would like to gain a practical experience and then eventually become a manager. Of course,

  • I would like to share and also learn a lot of new things from my team members.

  • The next most popular question that is asked is, So tell me something about our company

  • or what do you know about our company? Now here the interviewer of course has knowledge

  • about his own company, Right? That he's working for, but what he is looking at is whether

  • you are serious about this job or not? Whether you have just come for one of those random

  • interviews? So many people are usually let down, because of the lack of research about

  • the company, so what you need to do is research. Go online learn about the positive attributes

  • about the company. Learn about their products, their history and etc. So one of the best

  • ways that you can answer to this question is, Oh well your company is very well known

  • for the customer service and you also won an award for the best service provider in

  • the country. And of course, you also have a great clientele, so that's one of the best

  • ways that you can answer this question.

  • Sixth most common question that is asked is, How well do you handle a change? Well, the

  • philosophy behind this question is to know, would you be able to cope up with a change?

  • Because usually companies definitely come up with different strategies, employees come

  • and go, so would you be able to handle that? People usually end up saying, Oh of course,

  • I am great at handling a change. Well, trust me the interviewer would not be impressed

  • with this answer. How you can answer to this question with an example, would be. Well,

  • of course I can handle a change, because in my previous company, one of our bosses, one

  • of our immediate bosses had to quit and there was this new boss, who came in and he had

  • completely changed our strategy of a project. So of course, I'm very flexible and hardworking

  • too, so we managed it with our team efforts and definitely the results were pretty good.

  • So this is the way that you could answer to this question.

  • The next common question that is asked is, How well do you work under pressure? Now the

  • reason behind this question is the employer or the interviewer wants to know that do you

  • get really stressed out? Do you get really panicked under pressure? Because these days

  • companies, of course expect you to take more and more responsibility and of course a greater

  • work load. So the best way to answer this question is, well definitely working under

  • pressure or without pressure works just the same for me. In fact in one of the companies

  • that I was working, there was a project that was given to us, which had to be completed

  • in four days. Which usually takes ten days and the whole team is like so stressed out,

  • they panicked and they just didn't know what to do, but then I insured that they settled

  • down . We prioritized our work and in fact in a very organized manner, we completed the

  • project. Of course we also worked late nights, but that definitely helped to submit our project

  • in four days. So I think working under pressure is not too bad for me. So this is one of the

  • best ways that you can answer to this question.

  • The last common question that is asked is, How do you handle important decisions? Now

  • the reason behind this question is usually, If someone or the interviewer is hiring the

  • person or hiring you for a management position or for a lead position. He wants to know that

  • someday when you have to handle a very important, a very critical decision. How would you do

  • that? So many people end up saying, You know what I really haven't come across, I really

  • haven't dealt with such difficult situations. That's not the right answer you would say,

  • One of the best answers that I can help you with is, You can say, Handling decisions is

  • definitely considered to be a little difficult, but I am sure I can do it, because my experience.

  • I would rely on my experience, I would also weigh on the pros and cons. Of course, I would

  • also take some advice from my team members and I'm sure that would help me to come on

  • a decision. We will also look at the consequences of the decision.

  • So definitely I can go ahead and make decisions.

  • So that brings me to the end of this lesson. I hope all of these questions

  • and answers are helpful for your interview. And if you are going for an interview. Wish

  • you all the very best. Do well and I will see you soon in the next lesson. Take care.

  • Thank you.

Hello my name is Niharika. When you apply for a job and your'e called for an interview,

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