If your recruiter had to test you just on professional and academic grounds, a paper and pen test would have been enough, agreed? And, that’s why every recruiter has a set of interview questions for freshers in their arsenal.
These questions, while appear to be simple and straight, can get really tricky if not dealt properly with.
A one-to-one (or the whole board sometimes) interaction helps the recruiter to judge the personality traits of the employee and that’s where tricky interview questions make their entry to the scenario.
It helps recruiters to judge the candidate on the basis of how they answer fiddly questions quickly and appropriately.
Though the questions when leaked out of the interview room sounds fun, it is nowhere near funny for the interviewee, trust us on this!
And when you are a fresher who have hardly participated in such interviews before, it is nightmarish.
So, to make it a little easier for you as a fresher, here we have listed down the 10 tricky questions mostly asked by interviewers during job selections:
Question1. What salary do you expect?
What’s the trick? The question doesn’t make it directly to the personal interview session very often, but when it does, there can’t be anything trickier, especially when you are a fresher.
How to Answer: You don’t have a previous job to base your demands with so you have the liberty as well as the responsibility to quote something reasonable and realistic.
Do not ask them to quote first in return or say that whatever will be offered is fine. Be smart enough to always research the pay-roll of companies you apply for and quote the maximum amount that the company offers to employees for that role.
Question2. Being totally new to the industry, what if two months into the job and you realize this isn’t for you?
What’s the trick? They may expect that you will leave the job and move on, making them reject you right away.
How to Answer: Even though your thoughts match with what you just read above, you need to be tactful with such interview questions and a bit not-so-honest with the answer.
Say that you haven’t randomly chosen this career path but this has been your aspiration for years. To make this sound emphasizing, tell them about how you have planned to go about further in your career, aligning it with the current job role in question.
Question3. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
What’s the trick? It does sound like any common interview question but it is the trick of the employer to find out if you are planning to stay in the company long term or it’s just a fill-in till you get a better job.
How to Answer: You need to do your homework properly and see how the company has the scope of growth for the job role you have applied for. Align it with your aspirations and tell them how you wish to grow within the company and with the company.
Question4. Where would you work if you could work anywhere?
What’s the trick? Most freshers fall into the trap and immediately mention the name of the company where he/she is being interviewed.
But that hardly impresses the interviewer. Instead, be modest and do not answer directly. While any big name might hurt the sense of worth of the interviewer, their own company’s name appears flattery. So, what now?
How to Answer: Be honest and say that you have applied to a number of companies by researching the job role and requirements. Continue by stating that you have already developed a liking for the work environment, ethics (and whatever you find good in the company), etc and would love to work there.
Question5. What limitation could you observe in me as an interviewer?
What’s the trick? Though not very common, you should be prepared for such tricky interview questions, where you may be asked to provide your judgment. It is a tricky question to see how able you are to draw out constructive feedback instead of uncouth criticism.
How to Answer: Do not directly pound upon the interviewer. Start out politely by stating that you don’t find yourself in the position to criticise an experienced personnel like him but that you believe firmly on how constructive feedback is a must for doing better.
Engage in a discussion regarding the points you find can be improved, but limit it to a couple of points and don’t take it as an opportunity to get back at the interviewer.
Question6. Do you plan to get married soon?
What’s the trick? Ethically you shouldn’t be asked such personal questions but a job in India means they expect you to answer anything they ask.
How to Answer: Don’t give a ‘yes or no’ for an answer. Take them into confidence that right now you are focused on building your career and will think about it later when you have reached a certain point in your career.
Question7. What would you do if you were given an option to lead a comfortable life without doing any work?
What’s the trick? Well, to say the truth it’s a meter to judge your laziness along with your willingness to do things voluntarily.
How to Answer: Start off lightly by saying something like “Wow, that’s a nice scenario to imagine!” Don’t make yourself sound overjoyed though.
And then continue with something like “I suppose if I don’t have to work, I would have enough money to make the world a better place by doing so and so (include things of your choice, helping the poor, NGO, etc.) and pursue my hobbies, or work on my dream project, etc.
Question8. What are your weaknesses?
What’s the trick? Again, it sounds pretty much like a normal and general question, doesn’t it? But there is a deep meaning behind the question.
The interviewer wants to know if you identify your weaknesses. More importantly, if you are working towards convalescing.
How to Answer: Don’t go about saying that you don’t have weaknesses or that Pizza is your weakness.
Your answer should be rather professional. Mention a couple of your weaknesses or areas of improvement and then end your answer with a positive note on how you are working towards it and that you can already feel the changes.
Question9. What kind of work environment do you expect?
What’s the trick? To decide without being obvious if you would fit into the company culture.
How to Answer: The employer isn’t kidding when she is asking you this. Be serious and courteous and say that you would appreciate a positive work environment where everyone works together and helps each other grow.
Question10. Your internships are very much different from each other, why did you apply for this job role while you have intern-experience in other departments too?
What’s the trick? That’s a very unexpected but valid question for freshers. You mostly prepare for your internships to help you get a job and not doing the opposite. So, it does come as a surprise when you aren’t expecting something like this.
How to Answer: Be confident and proud of your experiences rather than feel off the loop. Your expressions speak.
Tell them how these experiences have helped you choose what job you actually want to do and that’s how you landed up applying for the particular job you are interviewing for. Pretty smart, isn’t it?
Preparing for interview questions for freshers is no rocket science. Most of the times you know the answer very well but lack of confidence and the fear of being judged otherwise keep you from honestly answering a question.
Though you need not be brutally truthful, but maintaining your poise no matter how tricky the interview question is, helps immensely.
Fresher Tip: Don’t jump into answering questions immediately. It won’t get you any extra points. On the contrary, you might end messing it up. Listen to the interview questions carefully, take a few seconds to comprehend and then speak.