Tell us something about yourself.
This is the most common first question you can expect at
your interview. The purpose of this question is to initiate
a discussion and put you at ease. What it also does is give
you the opportunity to steer the rest of the interview in
your favour. You should know the right place to put a full
stop to provoke the next desired question.
You can answer this question by talking a bit about any
work/ project experience you may have, your educational
qualifications and a bit about your family background. If
you did a project in college where you took the lead role,
talk about it -- "We organised an annual cultural event for
the college and I was the head of the team responsible for
generating sponsorships. We did a lot of new activities to
generate interest about the event in local companies and got
the maximum sponsorship since the event was first started".
The very next question you provoked here is "What
activities did you undertake?"; for which you need to be
What are your strengths?
Interpret this question as "Why should we hire
you?" or "What relevant skills do you have for this position
that make you a good fit for this role?".
To answer this question well, you need to do your
homework before appearing for the interview. Analyse the
role, gauge the qualities that are required in a person
taking up the role and sell your personal qualities
accordingly. For instance, if you are appearing for a
position as software development trainee, sell your learning
skills and logical abilities.
To make sure that you are able to convince the
interviewer, present examples of each quality you quote.
What are you doing to overcome your weaknesses?
Many freshers might find themsleves in a situation
where their 'weakness' is actually a matter of concern to
the company. If that is the case, this question might just
save you. For instance, if you state a short temper or lack
of patience as your weakness, what you are doing to overcome
it is important. You might have started practicing yoga or
meditation to keep your cool. Tell this to the interviewer.
This gives the interviewer an insight into your
personality and says that you are a person who is capable of
identifying problems, analysing them and solving them.
Are you ambitious? Where do you see yourself five
years down the line?
The purpose of this question is to see how big you
can think and what career plans you have. The other purpose
of this question is to see if you are a serious, focussed
So, answer this question in a manner that communicates
that while you are ambitious, you also value stability and
you expect your prospective employer to offer you growth and
By: Kshipra Singh