(Fresher) 10 interview questions freshers should expect

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 prepared.

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 individual.

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 stability.

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By: Kshipra Singh
Courtesy: Rediff