Top 10 Interview Questions

Top 10 Interview Questions

Most of us are anxious and become nervous when it comes to talking about oneself. We can talk hours, give long presentations and brag on the projects/works we do, but when we have to talk about ourselves, we lack words. It could be because we know a lot about ourselves–both strength and weakness, that we sometimes fail to reflect what we really are. Hey, here are some tips and tricks on how to showcase yourself without loosing the attention of the interviewers. Try them because they worked for me:

1. Tell me about yourself

  1. Keep your answer brief
  2. Tell what you like about profession
  3. Talk about your technical abilities
  4. Don’t give your life story
  5. Don’t end your answer with a question
  6. Talk about what you learn about along the way

2. Why should we hire you?

  1. Articulate why you are the best candidate
  2. Talk about your past experience
  3. Do your research what the company is looking for
  4. First, prove that you are the solution they are looking for –
  5. Don’t give vague answer—don’t answer the question with a question

3. What are your greatest strengths?

  1. Good communicator, planner
  2. Research the job description
  3. Strengths should align with the job description
  4. Don’t raffle-no personal strength
  5. Don’t tell them you are not sure or you dont have any

4. What are your biggest weakness?

  1. First, talk about weakness and what you have done to overcome it
  2. Weakness for you but the interviewer takes it as your strength
  3. Don’t say you don’t have one
  4. Don’t tell your real weakness
  5. I can get frustrated with people who miss deadlines

5. Why would we work with you?

  1. Talk about the team work
  2. Tell them what you like about their business
  3. Research and tell them you like the opportunities
  4. Don’t say you like location, or your friend works there, or you were looking for the job

6. Why left last job? Or why you want to leave?

  1. Don’t badmouth the past employer
  2. Don’t say you could not get along with the past manager
  3. Don’t give too much information—they will ask you if they need

7. Biggest accomplishment?

  1. Talk about noteworthy accomplishments
  2. Avoid using accomplishments that are not related to your career

8. Describe the problems you faced in previous job and what you did to solve this?

  1. First, prove that you are capable of handling the problems
  2. Talk about the people you worked with
  3. Share your Success story

9. Where you see yourself in five years?

  1. Your answer should be based on logical progression
  2. Your answer should reflect your respect to your profession
  3. Give a solid plan
  4. Be realistic
  5. Don’t tell that you want to use this position as a step for success
  6. Start with a short-term goal and lead to the long-term goal.

10. Do you have any questions?

  1. Always ask meaningful questions
    1. Ask questions about the position
    1. Ask if you be a good fit?
    1. Don’t ask about benefits unless you are talking about salaries etc.
    1. Ask sth about the company.

11. Ask these smart questions: Remember 4C’s : Connect, Culture, Challenges, and Close

Connect:

  • How did you come to work here?
  • What do you like most about working here?

Culture:

  • Who’s the most successful recent hire and why?
  • Who didn’t succeed as a new hire and why?

Challenges:

  • What’s the company’s biggest challenge this year and how will this job help overcome it?
  • How will I measure my performance, so I know I am having a positive impact on this chanllenge?

Close:

  • What additional skills or experience do you wish I had that would make me a better fit for this job?
  • What are the next steps in the process?

##Additional Tips:

  1. Research about the company
  2. Research about the person (interviewer)
  3. Be prepared
  4. Make friends, talk and engage with the people you see around
  5. Keep your answer short and concise
  6. Utilize your body language
  7. Bring nice portfolio
  8. Have a list of questions that you want to ask
  9. Sell yourself –be confident and promote yourself
  10. Let them know you are excited, shake hand (firm).

Congratulations!!! You have made to the end. Check here for Top 29 GIS Interview Questions:


Also check for Hacks and Tricks for writing Impressive Resumes.

Published by Dinesh Shrestha

Remote Sensing Scientist at KBR Inc. the contractor to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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