How to prepared for an technical interview questions

How to get prepared for the most commonly asked interview questions: Knowing what to speak and how to answer a question thrown to you by the interviewer and understating what exactly the interviewer is looking for in your answers, are the most important things that you need to be well prepared before attending an interview.

 

Honestly speaking and accept that interview sucks, throwing upon a perfect fitted dress and sting in front of an interviewer, every time keep making sure about your postures, gestures and along with that showcasing yourselves as being so confident where in fact you will be shivering and feeling nervous deep inside and all you wanted to prove that your perfect fit for the job and the company to hire you.

 

But keep in mind that even the interviewer is once an interview and all they look forward that how well you prepared for this interview. So, feel relaxed and free to answer and communicate in an appreciable and pleasant way and try to give your best, most important, be honest and don’t fake yourself just for an interview as there are plenty of opportunities that you can grab it up in future days.

 

Knowing what to speak and how to answer a question thrown to you by the interviewer and understating what exactly the interviewer is looking for in your answers, are the most important things that you need to be well prepared for before attending an interview.

 

So, here I am going to discuss some most important and commonly asked questions at an interview, along with answers and some examples to frame your answers in a remarkable way.   

 

But, let’s understand this first, there are three types of questions asked in an interview, they are technical, analytical, and behavioral. Most of the time in an interview around 65-70% of the questions are based on behavior, which is asked to analyze your situation handling skills in your past job or about your college. And your answers to these types of questions decide whether you're the right person to fit into the job or not.

 

Now let’s see the 8 most commonly asked interview questions and answers:

1.  Tell me about yourself? - 99.9% of the time the interview starts with this question.

 

99.9% of the time the interview starts with this question. And your answer to this question decides whether the interviewers listen to you through the interview or just pass off your further answers just like that. So be prepared for this most crucial question.

 

The interviewer looks for:

 

How well you can communicate things?

To know What’s most important to you?

 

Common mistakes:

 

Don’t talk about your favorite movies, stars, sportsperson, etc.

Don’t talk about your life stories.

How to answer?

Your answer needs to contain 3 elements they are

1. Summarize your experience/ education in a single line. Along with that use an adjective to define your personality.

Example:

My name is Priyadarshini but you can call me, Priya. I am a hard-working engineering graduate specialized in Computer Science Engineering with an overall CGPA of……. (so on and so for)

 

2. Your best work:

 

For the second element, you need to talk about your best works or your education and training. And here avoid using superlatives, like the best salesperson in the country, etc.

Example:

Along with my degree, I have completed it. Net, Java, and SQL courses on Coursera. The various technologies that I've learned have helped me develop my final year project called “ABC”. It was during this project, I discovered that I am a team player and …….. (soon and so far)

 

3. How you are fit for this job?

 

Here you need to end up your answer by telling why you’re applying for this job and how you are fit for this job. Make sure you mention those skills that you pursue which are aligned with the company requirement.

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Here you may get 1 minute or a maximum of 90 seconds to answer this question so don’t bore your interviewer by telling your life stories.

 

4. Why do you want this job?

 

This question seems like a silly one and you might think that you need this job to earn money. Never end up telling this answer because if you give this answer the interviewer might think like is money the only reason you want this job? Then you will leave for somewhere else for a better salary and why waste the time and effort in treating you?.

 

The interviewer looks for:  

So, actually, here the interviewer wants to know why you want this job in particular? So, tell them what motivates you to work for this company.

Common mistakes:

But don’t give a general answer like XYZ is a great company that’s why I would love to work for it. It shows that you haven’t done your research.

 

How to answer?:

  • Do some research about the company: check their website, follow their media coverage, talk to friends/relatives/ known person working,  figure out what is it about the company that appeals to you the most.
  • Aline your skills with the role: mention your skills go along with the vibe of the company or the role you're applying for.
  • Figure out the common points that the company is looking for and similar things in which you’re capable.

Example:

ABC's reputation is certainly a factor. Also, a friend of mine who has been working here in the IT department for the past 2 years has said that the company's culture encourages learning and development while on the job and really rewards hard work.

As I've read on your website, you're planning to launch several new products and features in the upcoming months and I would love to be a part of that growth. I know that my experience in product management and my leadership skills will help your company with on-time releases and delivery.

  

5. What are your strengths and weakness?

The interviewer looks for:

This question is asked simply to know two things, (1) to see whether do you know your strengths, so, that to identify the focus levels that you have to do things that you actually wanted to do. (2) Do you acknowledge your weaknesses, so, that you can work on improving them?

 

Common mistakes:

Now don’t be so excited to say that I am too perfect, or I really work too hard, in fact, believe that as your weakness, because if you hide behind strength and present it as a weakness it can easily be understood that you're facing things around.

 

How to answer?:

I am good at this I am good at that, anybody can say it, but making it more believable and appreciable you need to tell how? Or why?.

1. Let’s take suppose being a quick learner is your strength.

 

Example:

I am a quick learner. Over the past 3 years, I have worked on 3 different technologies. As the leader of my team, I even had the opportunity to learn about sales while talking to new customers. It is my motto in life to learn something new every day and I actively seek feedback to keep growing.

So, if you’re a fresher mention those situations and events at your college in which you put your efforts to learn things quickly and make the end results productive.

And some other strengths that you can talk about being adaptable, hard-working, flexible, persistent, self-motivated, soon.

 

6. Now coming to weaknesses, first think about the things in which you’re not good, maybe to delegate work or attention to detail or public speaking, and even think about the initiatives that you have taken to overcome that weakness.

Example:

Sometimes, I find it hard to manage my time and cut too close to the deadlines. To overcome this, I have started using posted that I stick on my laptop. I even organize my calendar to include my daily, weekly, and long-term tasks so that I prioritize my work better.

Being a human It’s ok to have weaknesses, but what’s not ok is not taking the initiative to overcome those weaknesses and improve yourself.    

 

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is the question that is most frequently asked not only at an interview, even at our family get-togethers, but first, let’s see how to answer in an interview.

The interviewer looks for:

  • Here the interviewer wants to know whether you're ambitious or not.
  • And to know if your long-term goals along with the company.

Common mistakes:

Don’t just give your answers like in your place to an interviewer, it sounds too arrogant.

Don’t say you would become CEO of the company, it sounds too unrealistic. Or

At a better opportunity somewhere else, sounds too true.

 

How to answer?:

Stress that you’re interested in a long-term career, and showcase your enthusiasm. It’s ok if you have no idea where would you stand in 5 years down the lay but here you need to show how eager you are, to join the job.

Example:

Am really excited about this position because in the next 5 years, I'd like to see myself having end-to-end expertise in the pharmacy domain and I know that this job will give me that opportunity. I possibly even excited about developing my managerial skills and in the next couple of years, even take the lead On some projects.

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8. How well do you handle challenges? / Tell me about the challenges you have faced?

These kinds of tough questions are asked to know whether you fit for the job and whether to hire you or not.

The interviewer looks for:

By asking this question Here the interviewer wants to know how you solve problems? How do you work under stress? And your way of getting things done. So, in short, we can say that they are looking for a story.

Common mistakes:

The most commonly made mistake is the take it more personally, just answer the question and do not mention your anxiety and dissatisfaction with your ex-employer/ manager/ colleague. And don’t get so emotional about things.

How to answer?:

  • Talk about the challenge, try to brief out things, and put it in a pre-sized sentence.
  • Focus more on how did you overcome the challenge.
  • Mention what you learned from the challenge. And
  • Talk about how you’re helping the teammates/ classmates who are facing the same challenge.  

Example:

When our project release was delayed, I coordinated with my entire team to get the schedule back on track. We troubleshot the issues and solved the problems. Upon further investigation, I found out that the lack of proper communication and restriction of knowledge among a few team members was the main issue.

So I scheduled weekly Share & Learn' sessions where both the seniors and Freshers of the team would come together and discuss the advancements of the project. This challenge taught me that along with technology, proper communication drives a project to completion.

If you’re a fresher consider this example and frame your answer which suits perfectly your challenging situation.  

 

9. Are you planning to have children?

This question might make you terribly anger and you might think what the hell he/ she’s gonna do with your decision of having children or not.

Any questions related to gender, race, or religion are illegal, but they do get asked.

 

The interviewer looks for:

The children or marriage questions are asked to know how committed you’ll be to the company.

Common mistake:

Don’t take it too personally.

How to answer?:

The better way to answer such questions is to gracefully avoid the question and bring the conversation back to the job, or your skill, or your experience.

Example:

You know, I'm not quite there yet. But I would like to know more about the career progression at your company. Can you tell me more about that?

This kind of answering tells your interviewer that your professional growth, and lets you direct the conversation back to the job-related topics.

 

10. Do you have any questions for me?

Let’s see what the interviewers want to know from you by asking this question.

The interviewer looks for:

By asking you to ask questions the interviewer wants to know that you’re really interested in the job, and even it gives you an opportunity to know whether this the right job for you or not.

Common mistakes:

Don’t say that, no I don’t have any questions. It shows that you don’t care.

Don’t ask questions like what’s in it for me, can I work from home, etc. because these questions say that you’re self-centered and not really interested in the job.

Don’t bring up questions related to salary because you can negotiate once they make you an offer.

 

How to answer? And examples:

Here you can ask questions like:

  • Job-related questions:
  1. How does a typical workday look like?
  2. What are the qualifications that you’re looking forward to an ideal candidate?    
  • Company-related questions:
  1. What is the company culture like?
  2. What are the different career paths in your department?
  • You can even ask questions related to the interviewer:
  1. How long have you been working for this company?
  2. What’s your favorite part about working here?
  3. Don’t ask too many questions here to wrap it up and leave on a positive note

 

11. Why should we hire you?

The most important question and it’s one of the most crucial questions where you have to talk about yourself, here you need to answer without being too humble and even without sounding too desperate.

The interviewer looks for:

  1. The interviewer sitting over there looks for three things when he/she asks you this question.
  2. To know whether do you have the skills required to do the job.
  3. What’s and how’s your attitude towards your work.  
  4. Most importantly, they look forward to knowing, when compared to 50+ other participants out there, why should they give you a job. So, give them a reason.

Common mistakes:

Don’t be too humble or too arrogant while answering and in the worst case, please don’t beg for a job.

How to answer? :

Here you need to concentrate on 3 elements they are:

1. What does the company need?

Go through the job description and see what the company is looking in a job applicant.

Example:

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Looking for an admin for our startup:

Requirements include website management, record maintenance, excellent interpersonal & communication skills, ability to work independently, and strong prioritizing skills.

 

Your ANSWER should be like:

From your job description, I noticed that you are looking for someone who is good with communication as well as technical skills, which is why I am a perfect fit for the job. I am an effective communicator, skilled in giving presentations, communicating via email. I am even proficient in using a number of software systems required to keep track of data.

 

2. Add a story to your skill.

Adding a story to your skills makes your answer more believable, and here we go with an example.

Example:

ANSWER:

At my last job, while was the admin of my university, we organized a nationwide tech-fest and I was the POC for all the students, professors, participants, and other attendees. To ensure there is no confusion, I answered hundreds of queries via email, phone, and even in-person ranging from accommodation to technical issues. At the end of the conference, my vice-principal commended me for being calm and empathetic while handling all the communication.

 

3. What makes you different?

Here you can brag a bit about and say what do you set apart from 50 others waiting out. Here you can mention:

  • Your volunteer work
  • How you are a team player
  • Examples when you went beyond the call of duty
  • Your willingness to learn quickly.

Example:

ANSWER

In my free time, I learned how to code in HTML /JavaScript and used it to revamp our University's homepage for which I received appreciation from my principal. I would love to bring my coding skills and my passion to learn new technologies to this position.

 

To be concluded:

There are way more questions asked by the interviewers at an interview. Here I have tried to mention some of the most frequently asked questions. So, see to that you have prepared for those questions before you attend an interview. 

Here I have a tip for you to nail the interview is, get enough amount of rest/ sleep the night before the interview. Because an interview is a long process where you have to wait for long hours and interview stress, etc, so, you might end up losing your brain and get it switched off before the actual interview session, and if you haven’t got enough rest last night the situation is even worst. So try to sleep for at least 8 hours the last night and nail your interview with a refreshed and concentrated mind.  

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