4 Tricky Questions Asked in a Job Interview and How to Tackle Them!

Before going for any interview, we’re sure you over think to the point where you feel like throwing up just before facing the recruiter. And no matter how many interviews you have been a part of, there are certain questions that you will always be apprehensive about answering.

1.       “Why should we consider you fit for this job role?” Are you the best person for the job? Be prepared to say why you're the applicant who should be hired.  This is not the time to be too modest, or too conceited either. Make your response a confident, concise, focused sales pitch that explains what you have to offer the employer, and why you should get the job. Talk about the skills that are relevant and your enthusiasm to learn more. 

2.       “What’s your expected CTC?” This seems like a simple question, but your answer can knock you out of the contest for the job if you overprice yourself. Here's the best way to answer questions about salary: I understand that positions similar to this one pay in the range of Rs. X to Rs. Z in our region. With my experience, I would like to receive something in the range of Rs. Y to Rs. Z. I would like to be compensated fairly for my experience. The research I've done indicates that positions like this one pay Rs. X to Rs. Z and something in that range would be acceptable to me as a starting salary. My salary requirements are flexible, but I do have significant experience in the field that I believe adds value to my candidacy.

3.       “What are your biggest weaknesses that we should be aware of?” Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee, turning seeming “weaknesses” into strengths or state weaknesses that do not affect your job. For example, you might say something like, “I’m quite an over-thinker. I tend to spend a lot of time thinking over a decision sometimes, after I have taken it and I realize the fruitlessness of that action, so I am trying to cut sown on the same." You can also share examples of skills you have improved, providing specific instances of how you have recognized and worked to strengthen a weakness.

4.        “Tell me about yourself” Here’s how to answer questions about yourself without giving out too much – or too little – personal information. Start by sharing some of your personal interests and experiences which 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. Make this part as unique as possible, which everyone is in their own way, but fail to bring them out under pressure. Remember to be politic, however – 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. 

Sometimes it's all about the right balance between honesty and presentation. 

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