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Question 11: How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm? Answer: Don't be imaginary, and never say that "I am too flexible and easily assimilated in the organization from the very first day". Be realistic and say that, I'l

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Question 11: How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Answer: Don't be imaginary, and never say that "I am too flexible and easily assimilated in the organization from the very first day". Be realistic and say that, I'll take six months to a year as  I'll  pull my weight from the first day to fulfill the needs of the company so that I can put my major contribution.


Question 12: Why should we hire you?

Answer: The best way to answer of  this question is  to convince them by giving the examples of  your skills and worthiness why you are the best candidate for the job.  Compare the job description with your abilities before them, as well as also mentioned what you have accomplished in your other positions. Be positive and attracts their attention towards your ability, your experience, and your energy. Also show your interest in the company and the position. 


Question 13:  What can you do for us that someone else can't?

Answer: Here you have to establish yourself  superior to others. For this you have to show your skill, interest, career history, achieved targets and projects with confidence and sound. Talk about your record of getting things done, getting results, your energy, and your ability to set priorities, identify problems, and use your experience and energy to solve them. 


Question 14: How do you plan and organize your work?

Answer: Say like this, "I am a proactive person, I know the value of  planning. Perfect planning is the  first step to  success. So I  write the plan well ahead according to the importance of  the  work. I am able to differentiate between the urgent and the important. is very important. I try to perform my best efforts what I can do , if  I feel any sort of  difficulty, I take advice to our seniors. I have the habit to learn from my previous fault and examples. I understand the priorities of the work and manage my  time according to importance of the work. I also plan for that things which are not pre-decided like planning schedule, processing duration, trouble shooting and creativity. 


Question 15:  Tell me about the culture at your last company/employer?

Answer: The culture of the company reflects of the image of the company and it's environment also it  reflects the  image of the employee. So always put  the positive image of the past culture. If  your previous company has a good culture, there is no problem, explain it like this, " The culture encouraged people to develop, grow, take responsibility. People were coached and mentored towards quality and productive effort. All of this helped me a great deal because I identify with these values, and respond to these opportunities". But if  the  past companies have the bad or non-supportive culture, even though put a positive image of the culture like this, "there are lots of  freedom for me to take initiative, responsibility, find new ways to contribute, a free market allowing the good workers to naturally excel and develop reputation and internal working relationships, etc."


Question 16:  What were your starting and final levels of compensation?

Answer: This is also a crucial  question mostly asked to the  interviewers, because on the basis of  previous salary, they determine your salary. So they asks for the details of  your compensation history. Be alert to answer this question, because your answer should match to the details of  your compensation history, which you have mentioned in your resume or job application. So recall your memory before going to the interview. The best way is to have a Photostat copy of  resume or job application. Never exaggerate your earning, because you can be caught while cross- checking, because many  company confirm the salary package when it checks your references. 


Question 17: What were your responsibilities in your previous job?

Answer: This is also a  very  crucial and common question can be asked to you like the previous question. But the difference is that you have to answer only  the current job or just previous job. Be specific and positive. Describe in detail of  your responsibilities of the last job and co-relate it to the this job for which  you are  interviewing. Be honest and give the right  information.  


Question 18:  What were your expectations for the last job?

Answer: This question is often asked to know  the ambition and achievement of the candidate, this is asked for  psychological  interpretation . The interviewer want to know  what you expected from your last job when you were hired and to what extent were they met? Though there isn't any right or wrong answer to this question. But be careful to answer this question and don't focus too much on the negative, instead of  addressing  the highlights of the job. Prepare well ahead some examples to deliver it before the interviewer. Mostly focus your delivery on the job itself, not the company, your boss, or your co-workers (if they were a problem). Your response should be specific. e.g. if you had the part of any big project, give the example what program or contribution you had done. Also mention if you have got some rewards or  incentive for that work.  


Question 19: What did you achieve in your last job?

Answer:  This question is co-related with the previous question and will be asked after it . So prepare a number of relevant examples and explain in chronological order by going down well and punchy.  Examples should show the significance of  organizational benefits; making money, saving money/time, improving quality, anticipating or creatively solving problems, winning/keeping customers, improving efficiency.


Question 20: What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?

Answer: For answering this sort of  question, give an example of something you accomplished that is directly related to the job you are interviewing for. Go to the positive attitude and avoid to be negative. Count down your bigger successes and say your minor failure. Also review your resume and match all the content you have to deliver also speak in the favor of the  company which is beneficial to the company you are interviewing for. Try to express your views that how important you could be in the welfare of the company. Don't be embellish too much, otherwise it may go against you. 

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Posted on: March 25, 2008

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