What the interviewer wants to know
A list of some most common interview questions along with what the interviewer is actually trying to know through these questions. So here is how you should answer these.
How many times during an interview have you felt that the questions being asked are irrelevant? Rest assured, every question that the interviewer asks has some reasons behind it and to fare well, it is important to understand the hidden meaning and answer as per the interviewer's expectations. We present a list of some most common interview questions along with what the interviewer is actually trying to know through these questions.
- Tell me about yourself/your background: Here the interviewer is trying to ask “why do you think you are best suited to the job?” Give a short and concise statement about your background and relevant educational qualifications and experience that makes you suitable for the job.
- Why do you want to leave your current organisation: This question is meant to check “how loyal a person you are” Be honest when answering this question, but never ever blame or badmouth your current company. Talk about challenges and learning, but ensure that you put your current organisation in a good light. Otherwise, the interviewer may think that if you can’t be loyal to one organisation, you can’t be loyal to any organisation.
- Why do you want to work here: Read this question as “what do you know about the company?” Interviewers will expect you to have some knowledge about the company and the lack of it can reflect badly on your enthusiasm and interest in the job. So, put in some time to research about the company and get at least the basics right.
- Where do you want to be in the next 5/10 years: In most probability, the interviewer here wants to know “how stable you are” Stability is a big concern with employees and interviewers obviously want to hire someone who stays in the organization for a long duration. Include internal growth and stability in your answer and you have caught the interviewer on this one.
- What are your salary expectations: This question actually means “can we afford you?” This question again needs some research. Find out the average salaries earned by people in your profession in the industry and in the company you have applied to and then, based on these figures quote your expectations. You obviously do not want to settle for a lesser amount or ruin your chances by quoting a huge amount.
Just be smart and try to gauge what the interviewer is looking for. Understand the requirements, match your profile to the requirements and create a pitch based on your research that establishes you as the prefect candidate.