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Tricky interview questions and how to answer them

By Nidhi Agarwal
April 06, 2016 12:12 IST
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Almost every recruiter will ask you these questions. Are you prepared to face them?

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The very first memories of my career take me back to my jobs and consequently the interviews that got me there.

No matter how well you prepare for interviews, there are some questions Google will not have answers to and those are the ones you must really watch out for!

Surprising as it may sound, sometimes it is not the technical but the "basic" stuff that may make or mar your chances.

These questions sometimes give away more about us than we imagine, so why not ace them. Let's see what are these obvious (or so we feel) questions!

Question 1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

This is usually asked as soon as you're seated and pleasantries exchanged. This is definitely a question that you must prepare well for because playing your cards right here, can lead the conversation in the desired direction.

Write down few lines that capture your professional and personal life perfectly well. It must be a compelling pitch of who you are, highlighting the skill set and personal traits that make you fit for the job.

Avoid rattling off your entire employment history, there is a resume in place for that and chances are, the interviewer has done his/her homework just like you.

Don't go overboard with the personal details. Although it may be a good idea to throw in a little bit of your personality while answering general questions, avoid getting too personal. Remember it's a job interview.

While you must prepare, it should not come across as rehearsed. Sound relaxed, conversational, and natural.

Question 2. What are your biggest weaknesses?

Interview or not, honesty goes a long way everywhere.

It will be especially useful in this case because not only will the recruiter eventually find out for himself, but being truthful will also go a long way in shaping the working relation between you two.

Having said that, avoid being eccentric about it and keep your answer objective and to the point.

You don't want the interviewer to judge your abilities even before you've taken on the role -- we all have few weaknesses here and there, don't we?

Question 3. What would your first 30, 60 or 90 days look like, given this role?

This question can make or break the deal. Let your answer spell out your vision, capabilities, and ambition without going overboard.

Identify team/company goals and your role in it. You want your recruiter to know that you have given the position enough thought and your objective is well aligned with theirs.

Strategies should be thought through and realistic before you bounce them off.

It is always recommended to understand your potential organisation and its audience well before making a strong suggestion/observation during the interview. This may turn the tides around for you completely.

Finally, be fearless and confident as these are two elements that will help you get by, whether it is an interview or life itself. So go on, work your charm!

Lead image used for representational purposes only. Image: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The author Nidhi Agarwal is founder and CEO of KAARYAH Lifestyle Solutions Pvt Ltd.

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