BPO : HR
Interview Question and Answer
General Interview Question and
There are many things that you can do ahead of time to
prepare for the interviewing process, and move yourself a step above of the
competition. Updating your resume and reviewing frequently asked interview
questions can be very effective, and goes a long way in getting the most out
of your interview.
Tell me Something about yourself.
Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified
for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviewing is to
match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. In other words
you must sell what the buyer is buying. This is the single most important
strategy in job hunting.
So, before you answer this or any question it's imperative that you try to
uncover your interviewer's greatest need, want, problem or goal.
To do so, make you take these two steps:
Do all the homework you can before the interview to
uncover this person's wants and needs (not the generalized needs of the industry
As early as you can in the interview , ask for a more complete
description of what the position entails. You might say: I have a number of
accomplishments I'd like to tell you about, but I want to make the best use of
our time together and talk directly to your needs. To help me do, that, could
you tell me more about the most important priorities of this position? All I
know is what I (heard from the recruiter, read in the classified ad, etc.)
Then, ALWAYS follow-up with a second and possibly, third question, to draw out
his needs even more. Surprisingly, it's usually this second or third question
that unearths what the interviewer is most looking for.
You might ask simply, "And in addition to that?..." or, "Is there
anything else you see as essential to success in this position?:
This process will not feel easy or natural at first, because it is easier simply
to answer questions, but only if you uncover the employer's wants and needs will
your answers make the most sense. Practice asking these key questions before
giving your answers, the process will feel more natural and you will be light
years ahead of the other job candidates you're competing with.
After uncovering what the employer is looking for, describe why the needs of
this job bear striking parallels to tasks you've succeeded at before. Be sure to
illustrate with specific examples of your responsibilities and especially your
achievements, all of which are geared to present yourself as a perfect match for
the needs he has just described.
What are your greatest strengths ?
You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your
interviewer's greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. And from
Question 1, you know how to do this.
Prior to any interview, you should have a list mentally prepared of your
greatest strengths. You should also have, a specific example or two, which
illustrates each strength, an example chosen from your most recent and most
You should, have this list of your greatest strengths and corresponding examples
from your achievements so well committed to memory that you can recite them cold
after being shaken awake at 2:30AM.
Then, once you uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs, you can
choose those achievements from your list that best match up.
As a general guideline, the 10 most desirable traits that all employers love
to see in their employees are:
A proven track record as an achiever...especially if your achievements match up
with the employer's greatest wants and needs.
Honesty...integrity...a decent human being.
Good fit with corporate culture...someone to feel comfortable with...a team
player who meshes well with interviewer's team.
Likeability...positive attitude...sense of humor.
Good communication skills.
Dedication...willingness to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence.
Definiteness of purpose...clear goals.
Enthusiasm...high level of motivation.
What are your greatest weaknesses ?
Disguise a strength as a weakness.
Example: I sometimes push my people too
hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the
Drawback: This strategy is better than admitting a flaw, but it's so widely
used, it is transparent to any experienced interviewer.
BEST ANSWER: (and another reason it's so important to get a thorough description
of your interviewer's needs before you answer questions): Assure the interviewer
that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in
this position with excellence. Then, quickly review you strongest
Example: Nobody's perfect, but based on what
you've told me about this position, I believe I' d make an outstanding match. I
know that when I hire people, I look for two things most of all. Do they have
the qualifications to do the job well, and the motivation to do it well?
Everything in my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong
desire to achieve excellence in whatever I take on. So I can say in all honesty
that I see nothing that would cause you even a small concern about my ability or
my strong desire to perform this job with excellence.
Alternate strategy (if you don't yet know enough about the position to talk
about such a perfect fit):
Instead of confessing a weakness, describe what you like most and like least,
making sure that what you like most matches up with the most important
qualification for success in the position, and what you like least is not
Example: Let's say you're applying for a
teaching position. If given a choice, I like to spend as much time as possible
in front of my prospects selling, as opposed to shuffling paperwork back at the
office. Of course, I long ago learned the importance of filing paperwork
properly, and I do it conscientiously. But what I really love to do is sell (if
your interviewer were a sales manager, this should be music to his ears.)
Tell me about something you did – or failed to
do – that you now feel a little ashamed of ?
As with faults and weaknesses, never confess a regret. But
don't seem as if you're stonewalling either.
Best strategy: Say you harbor no regrets, then add a principle or habit you
practice regularly for healthy human relations.
Example: Pause for reflection, as if the question never occurred to you. Then
say, You know, I really can't think of anything. (Pause again, then add): I
would add that as a general management principle, I've found that the best way
to avoid regrets is to avoid causing them in the first place. I practice one
habit that helps me a great deal in this regard. At the end of each day, I
mentally review the day's events and conversations to take a second look at the
people and developments I'm involved with and do a double check of what they're
likely to be feeling. Sometimes I'll see things that do need more follow-up,
whether a pat on the back, or maybe a five minute chat in someone's office to
make sure we're clear on thingswhatever.
I also like to make each person feel like a member of an elite team, like the
Boston Celtics or LA Lakers in their prime. I've found that if you let each team
member know you expect excellence in their performanceif you work hard to set an
example yourselfand if you let people know you appreciate and respect their
feelings, you wind up with a highly motivated group, a team that's having fun at
work because they're striving for excellence rather than brooding over slights