Interviews can be nerve-racking for anyone looking for freshers jobs. Having no prior experience in the industry, your first interview will be a critical one.
While it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, preparing for the interview will put your mind at ease and allow you to step into the interview with confidence.
One of the simplest ways to prepare for an interview is to formulate answers for the most commonly asked interview questions.
Here are 10 of the most common questions asked during an interview:
1. Tell Me Something about Yourself
Many interviewers open up the meeting with this question, and your answer will set the tone for the rest of the interview. Your answer should include information about your educational background, brief information about your family, and information about your hobbies or extracurricular activities.
2. Why Did You Choose This Field?
Employers want to know why you have chosen the field you are pursuing. Do you have a passion for the industry, or did you choose this career path because it offers a high salary? No matter your reasoning, be sure to explain, in detail, your reasoning behind choosing this career path.
3. What Are Your Strengths?
Many interviewers ask potential employees about their strengths. He or she simply wants to get an idea of your confidence in your abilities and skills. Formulate your answer to this question carefully as many interviewers use this as a way to trap you with your answers. Phrase your answer in a way that they cannot counter-question you.
4. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This can be a tricky question to answer. At first, you may be tempted to answer with a true weakness; maybe you aren’t punctual or are lacking in a certain skill. Instead of mentioning these flaws, phrase your answer in such a way that your weakness is a strength: “I’m not satisfied until all of my work is complete.”
5. Why Should We Hire You For This Job?
Interviewers often ask this question because they want to hire people that add value to the company, so your answer should be focused on the skills and expertise you have that will benefit the company in some way. You may also want to let the employer know that you learn new concepts and tasks quickly and that you’re a team player.
6. What is Your Career Goal?
This is another common question asked in interviews, many interviewers are simply curious about your career goals and aspirations. Your answers will help the interviewer determine whether you’re a good fit for the company.
7. Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
This question is often asked as a way to determine how ambitious you are and to understand your own potential. Make sure that your answer is clear and concise so that the interviewer understands that you know exactly what you’re doing.
8. Would You Be Open to Changing Your Job Role When Required?
Employers need some change from time to time, so interviewers want to make sure that you are open to changing your role or position if necessary. This may mean taking up new skills or training for your new role. Let the employer know that you understand a roll change may be in the best interest of the company and that you’re open to the proposition.
9. What is Your Greatest Achievement?
Interviewers want to know what your greatest achievements are. Be sure to answer this question carefully, and provide a recent example.
10. Are You Comfortable in a Leadership Role?
While freshers are expected to follow their senior counterparts, employers want to know that you’re comfortable taking on a leadership role and can facilitate change when necessary.