Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them
Most commonly known as Personality test. An Interview is intended to evaluate the mental caliber of a candidate. In W.B.C.S Examination, interview is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidate, which has been already tested through written papers. This is a very important part of W.B.C.S Examination syllabus and fetching good marks in an interview is not as easy as it may sound.Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all well-educated youth.Continue Reading Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them.
Q1. Tell us about yourself.
This is one of the first questions you are likely to be asked. Be prepared to talk about yourself, and why you’re an excellent fit for the job. Try to answer questions about yourself without giving out too much, or too little, personal information.
You can start by sharing some of your personal interests and experiences that don’t relate directly to work, such as a favorite hobby or a brief account of where you grew up, your education, and what motivates you.Also read,Pre Interview preparation for W.B.C.S.
The ‘present-past-future’ formula is a way to share key background points while ending on a high note. Begin with a brief overview of where you are now (which could include your current job along with a reference to a personal hobby or passion), reference how you got to where you are (here you could mention education, or an important experience such as a past job or volunteer experience) and then finish by touching on a goal for the future. Bonus points if you’re able to identify how the position you’re apply for aligns with how you envision your future.
Remember to be careful about what you include in your answer – avoid potentially contentious subjects such as political or religious leanings, unless you are absolutely positive that your opinions would be well-received by your interviewer. You should also avoid talking too much about family responsibilities or hobbies that might make your interviewer wonder whether you could commit yourself 100% to the job.To know about the DO’S AND DON’TS during interview,Click Here.
Q2. What is your greatest strength?
This is one of the questions that employers almost always ask. When you are asked about your greatest strengths, it’s important to discuss the attributes that will qualify you for the specific job and set you apart from the other candidates. Take the time, before the job interview, to make matches between your qualifications and the requirements as stated in the job announcement. This way, you will have examples ready to hand that will demonstrate your suitability for the job.
Q3. What is your greatest weakness?
Another typical question interviewers will ask is about your weaknesses.
Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an officer, turning seeming “weaknesses” into strengths.
You can also share examples of skills you have improved, providing specific instances of how you have recognized a weakness and taken steps to improve yourself.
Q4. Why should we hire you?
Are you the best candidate for the job? Be prepared to say why you’re the applicant who should be hired. This is not the time to be modest (although neither should you be conceited). This is another good time to review the qualifications and the requirements in the job listing, so you can craft a response that aligns with what the interviewer is looking for.
Q5. How do you handle stress and pressure?
What do you do when things don’t go smoothly at work? How do you deal with difficult situations? What do you do when something goes wrong? The best way to respond to this question is to give an example of how you have successfully handled stress in a previous job.
Avoid claiming that you never, or rarely, experience stress. Not only is this difficult to believe, but it could also lead the interviewer to conclude that you’ve only worked in low-pressure environments and therefore aren’t equipped to handle a difficult situation. Rather, formulate your answer in a way that acknowledges workplace stress and explains how you’ve overcome it, or even used it to your advantage.
Q6. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
The interviewer wants to know what you do when you face a difficult decision. As with the question about stress, be prepared to share an example of what you did in a tough situation.
It’s important to share details around this example in order to make the story believable and engaging. That being said, avoid talking negatively, or extensively, about other people. This can detract from what the interviewer really wants to know about, which is how you perform in a challenging situation.Also Read, Nadia district profile, for W.B.C.S Interview.
Q7. What are your goals for the future?
This question is designed to find out if you’re going to stick around or move on as soon as you find a better opportunity. Keep your answer focused on the job and the company you’re interviewing with, and reiterate to the interviewer that the positions aligns with your long-term goals.
Do You Have Any Questions?
At the close of the interview, most interviewers ask whether you have any questions about the job . If you don’t have any questions, this can make it seems like you are apathetic about the opportunity. So, it’s always a good idea to have a list ready and to be prepared to respond.
Here are some related questions that you may be asked during the interview that will require some thought to answer.Also Read, Interview with Mr. Dhiman Barai, 2nd Rank WBCS,2012
- How do you handle success?
- How do you handle failure?
- How well do you work with other people?
- What can you do better for us than the other applicants?
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