Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal Skills
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Q.1
Tell Me About Yourself
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

This is probably the most-asked interview question, next to “[d]o you have any questions for us?”.  And there is a reason for that.  The answer to this question really tells the employer a lot about you and what you are all about.


In order to answer this job interview question effectively, you must be succinct, confident, but not overtly conceited.  The answer should be longer than 1 minute but shorter than 3 minutes.  Beyond a few minutes, you are just going to lose their attention.  To answer this question, talk a little about where you grew up, your education, and any relevant work experience you have.  Be sure to concentrate a lot of your time on your career.


This is not a question for you to talk about your personality or character traits—but the interviewer should be able to get a good grasp of who you are from your answer to this question.


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Q.2
What Makes You Qualified for this Job?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

This is a tricky question to answer; you don’t want to come off as a braggart but you also want to expound on the qualities that makes you better than other candidates. To answer this, do not focus on your GPA or what school you graduated from. Instead, focus on specific skillsets that makes you valuable, as well as specific accomplishments that makes you the best candidate for the job. Remember to cater your answer specifically to the job announcement.

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Q.3
Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

Do not ever bad-mouth your previous employer when answering this job interview question.  It doesn’t matter if the previous employer really stuck it to you or not.  Doing so is very unbecoming and unprofessional and can easily disqualify you from the job you are applying for.  If you really did leave your previous job because you did not like your boss, you can simply state that you and the previous employer did not see eye to eye on certain aspects of the job.

Be sure to have specific examples in mind.  Another good answer to this question is to say that there was no room in the company to grow professionally and further your skills.  You should also never say that the previous employer did not pay you enough—this will make the interviewer think that you are only in it for the money.


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Q.4
What Do You Know About this Organization?
Answer : Option A
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Before going to the interview, always do your homework on the company, and if possible, the people interviewing you. The more in depth you can go into detail about the company, the more they will be impressed. To answer this question, you can go into when the company was formed, who the leaders are and what they have accomplished, and what specific customer segments the company caters to. For bonus points, you can talk about the company’s financials and/or projects that are in the pipeline.

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Q.5
Why Do You Want to Work for Us?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

Do not say “because the salary is high[er].”  You need to be really specific as to why you want to work for the company that doesn’t involve a higher salary.

Here are some things you can say to answer this interview question properly:

  • Because your company offers tremendous potential for me to grow and contribute to the organization’s growth
  • Because you are the leaders in the field and the work you have done in the field is sensational—and I want to be a part of this growth.  (Be sure to give specific examples)

And if you are really applying for your dream job at your dream company, you can say that it has always been your dream to work with them since you were young.  But be sure to explain why it has always been your dream.


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Q.6
Do You Prefer to Work in Teams or Alone?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

This is a pretty tricky question to answer and the answer may be dependent upon the job you are applying for.  But in most cases, it is best to say that your preference is dependent on whichever gets the job done the most efficiently and produces the most quality product.  So here is an example response you can use if you are asked this question:

  • I find that my preference is really dependent upon whether I can turn in a better product alone or with a group of collaborators.  And I find that more often than not, a group of adept coworkers is extremely helpful in a project that demands expertise in many different areas.

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Q.7
Are You a Team Player?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

This question is very much like the last question but you will have to answer “yes” to this question unequivocally. However, upon answer yes you will need to come up with a specific answer from your past that shows an example of how well you worked in a team environment and what you were able to accomplish together.

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Q.8
If You Had Enough Money to Retire Right Now, Would You?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

This question is used to gauge what your attitude towards money is.  To simply say that money isn’t important to you is not a very believable response.  Money is important to everyone.  However, when answering this question, you should illustrate that you want your life to be defined by more than just money.  And if you truly love the field you are in and the work you do, it is okay to say that you love the work too much to retire.  Here are a couple of answers that can be given if you are asked this question:

  • I would continue to work because I have been working tirelessly since I got out of college and the work I do brings a lot of meaning to my life.
  • I would continue to work because I want to continue to contribute to society.
  • Having the money would be nice but the money doesn’t determine what I do with my life.  The career I am in brings me happiness and I am going to keep doing what makes me happy regardless if I have enough money to retire or not.

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Q.9
How Would You Describe Yourself?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

Like many other interview question that requires you to describe yourself, you should be careful to walk that fine line between bragging and selling yourself. Do not be too brief but don’t lose the attention of the interviewer by being long-winded either. When answering this question, pick up to three of your best attributes and expand on them with some specific examples. If you think honesty is one of your best traits, then you should describe a situation in your life (preferably work-related) in which you were extremely honest with someone even if there is a high likelihood that your honesty would have cost you something of great significance, such as a promotion.

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Q.10
Have You Ever Had a Conflict With Someone at Work? How Did You Handle it?
Answer : Option A
Explaination / Solution:

In answering this question, it is important to show that you are fair, level-headed, and civilized. In your reply, you should think of an example where you used your rational judgment and level-headedness to solve a personal conflict at work. This could be something as simple as a difference of opinion in how to approach a project to something as dramatic as handling workplace gossip.

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