PlacementIndia.Com – Blogs Release May 2011

Behavioral Interview Tips

Interviews are a deciding factor for any employer while hiring for any profile. It is the moment to judge whether an aspirant is suitable for the post applied. Therefore to be successful in any type of interview is very important for selection where your behavior, skills, attitude, qualifications play a great role in selection[...]

5 Most Common Job Search Mistakes

With a rapidly growing world economy, the job market has witnessed unprecedented growth. With the ever-increasing skilled human resources, there is no dearth of qualified job seekers either. This has led to equilibrium in the market and with the increasing competition, job searches are being conducted aggressively by the job seekers[...]

What Is The Most Important Question You Can Ask In A Job Interview?

At a time when jobs are a plenty, but the jobseekers outnumber the job openings by a substantial margin, preparing for a job interview becomes a prerequisite. Over the years, job seekers have been perturbed by myriad facets of an interview for their much coveted jobs. These questions range from the future of the company to the mission and vision[...]

Employer Selection Through Recruiters

Aspirations of the job aspirants are touching the skies in today’s scenario. Competition to select an employee with diverse expertise and extensive domain experience has been a great challenge to many recruitment agencies. Demands from both companies and the aspirants have also raised the recruitment levels and procedures of these firms[...]

How To Keep Your Employees Motivated

Employees of a company are as important to a company as any other asset. It is the employees in an organization who handle the bulk of the operations and contribute to its success. In fact, one of the foremost goals of the management of a company is to keep the employees of the company motivated and committed[...]

Placement Consultants In India

Placement consultants have bridged the gap between the companies that used to be in dearth of talented workforce and struggling job seekers. In an increasingly competitive job market, many individuals find it difficult to cope up with the immense pressure of searching jobs[...]

The Benefits of an Online Job Search

The saying goes, “Change is the only constant.” Internet has probably been the most effective catalyst of change in the 21st century. From the way we do business, to reservation of train and airline tickets, internet has revolutionized the entire system. Online job search is one such domain, which has been completely overhauled with the advent of the internet[...]

Job Market in India Now on a Hiring Spree

India has scripted an enviable success story in past decade. From an underdeveloped country, rooted in poverty, corruption, and red tape, India has come a long way to become one of the torchbearers of the global economy. Business practices have become more transparent and the government policies have opened the domestic markets for investments[...]

Tips For Recruiters-Recruiting Online Via Job Search Sites

The advent of internet emerged as a boon for the whole recruiting process. Earlier the whole process was done either in print i.e.; newspapers, pamphlets etc. or through public hiring agencies but now it is much more easier to locate the candidates for the right profile or get a desired job. Recruitment sites are also emerging as successful search stations for the job seekers and recruiters[...]

What Is The Most Important Question You Can Ask In A Job Interview?

At a time when jobs are a plenty, but the jobseekers outnumber the job openings by a substantial margin, preparing for a job interview becomes a prerequisite. Over the years, job seekers have been perturbed by myriad facets of an interview for their much coveted jobs. Different people have different perspectives on the all-important question that must be put forth to the company. One can find many questions in various books related to diverse aspects of company. These questions range from the future of the company to the mission and vision.

However, not many candidates put forth a pertinent question at the time of interview to seek direct feedback about their performance in real time. Most candidates do not even contemplate asking the question, as they fear it may jeopardize their chances of a favorable reply. Being supplicant or polite is often seen as an endorsement or an affirmative reply. However, frustration creeps in once the company does not respond. The candidate is under the impression that the interview went well and a call from the company is eagerly awaited. However, the anticipation dies down soon. Most candidates find it tough to come to terms with the fact that they do not have a concrete reason for their ouster.

A question asking to highlight your own shortcomings can prove to be a panacea of sorts in such a situation. Most importantly, it helps you address your weakness, while you are present during the interview, which can be rectified later. Moreover, it shoes concern on your part and the keenness to learn, which might get you the job. ‘The candidate may simply ask the interviewer if there is any shortcoming, which he may have noticed in the candidate, which may impede the chances of getting the job’.

Asking such an introspective question highlights maturity on the part of the candidate and brightens the prospects of a favorable reply from the employer. So draft the question properly and do not be perturbed no matter what the interviewer’s reply is to crack the interview successfully or learn an important fact that can help you in future interviews.

Million Dollar Question Asked By Interviewee

Job interviews constitute the most significant moment of your life in terms of planning your career. The term job interview itself is eloquent and says about the involvement of at least two people-the interviewer and the interviewee. Again, in job interviews it is a preconceived notion that the person occupying the seat of interviewee is placed on tenterhooks and should possess the answers to all sorts of questions pelted at him by the interviewer. Herein lies the twist in the equation and one crucial question at the end of the interview by the job seeker can help him sum up the outcome of the whole interview.

Pre-assumptions about outcome should be avoided

Most of the time candidates take polite conversation or cordiality as a confirmation or a favorable vote. Such pre-assumptions can lead to misconceptions that everything went well with a hope for the next steps in the process. But when these hopes do not materialize and time drags on, the process of second-guessing the interview begins. This gives rise to a frustrating process of trying to figure out what went wrong in the interview. It is often seen that job seekers hardly ask a question that gives them a direct feedback of how they have fared in the interview in real time. But putting forward one crucial question provides a great help to the interviewees to analyze their performance.

Here is the million dollar question

“Mr. Manager, is there anything I said today or anything in my background that you find objectionable that can prevent you from approving me for this position? In case there is something, can I at least be given a chance to talk about it while I’m here today?”

Though this question may often lead to misconceptions, since a job interview is basically a selling situation; ferrying out the outcome right from the horse’s mouth is the best thing you can do near the end of the job interview. This query will effectively trap the manager if he is hiding something which will become obvious from his facial expressions or hesitation. In case the outcome is in your favor, the answer will be quick and positive. The question will also generate comments from the interviewer, which can assist you in probing for clarification, outweigh a weakness or clarify a previous comment.

Display Courage and Maturity

Asking this significant question with courage displays maturity and communication capacity even when the issue is sensitive or negative. A positive and quick answer signifies that you have done well in the interview and may have qualified. Other answers will aid you in doing better next time. In either case, you come out a winner in acquiring your status for a particular job interview and charting out your next course of action accordingly.

Avoiding Illegal Questions In An Interview

The first question an interviewer generally asks you is “Tell something about yourself.” Within this single question provide as much personal or professional information that you are willing to let the interviewer know. There are certain ethics, which the interviewer and the interviewee have to follow. The interviewee for example cannot ask direct questions unless he is given the permission to do so and cannot avoid necessary questions. There are certain questions which you, as an interviewee, have the right to not answer. These are generally called illegal questions.

Some of the major illegal questions are:

  • Questions related to your name like asking the meaning of your name or asking last name or maiden name are considered illegal. An interviewer does not have the right to ask these questions.
  • Questions related to your age, unless you are under the age of 18, are considered illegal. An interviewer cannot directly or indirectly ask questions related to your age.
  • Questions related to your nationality like about your native language, your parental background, your birthplace or your country of origin are considered illegal. You have the right not to answer them.
  • Personal questions related to you height, weight or some disability are completely illegal.
  • Interviewer should not ask questions related to your religion or cultural background.
  • Questions related to you marital status or about your children, if you have any, are not legal and you have the right to avoid them.
  • Your legal background should not be made the topic of the interview and should be ably avoided by you.

Though some questions asked are point blank and some are asked indirectly, you have the right not to answer either. Some of the best ways to avoid answering such questions are:

  • The first thing you should do on being asked an illegal question is to politely avoid it and try to change the topic. If the interviewer was genuinely curious and did not realize the personal nature of the question, he or she will take the hint and change the cue.
  • Another thing to do if you are asked a discriminatory question is to tell them politely that they are asking an illegal or discriminatory question.
  • After telling the interviewer about your comfort level in answering that question, if he/she still insists on knowing the answer, then instead of hanging around or pondering what to do, simply exit the interview.
  • There are other legal options as well. You can consult an employment lawyer about the legality of the interview procedure.

Keep the above mentioned points in mind while appearing for an interview so as to avoid any uncomfortable situations at the time of the interview.

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Important Question You Must Ask the Interviewer

Is the interview for the dream job that you have been waiting for all these years have arrived? If yes, then you must be prepared well for not missing this opportunity. And, one sure shot trick to make it to the job is to question the interviewer. From your questioning itself, the interviewer can make out an idea of your intelligence, enthusiasm, preparation and interest in the job. Besides, asking questions to the interviewer transforms a one-sided questioning into a conversation between two intelligent professionals, which is sure to leave a good impression on the interviewer.

The ultimate question you must ask the Employer to make your prospects of getting the job brighter is ‘What is the organization actually looking for?’ or even better way of asking it can be ‘What would be the day-to-day responsibilities and expectations from the person who accepts this job?

Besides, these questions you can also put up questions like:

  • Who has done exceptionally well in this designation and what were/are his characteristics?
  • What are the core values of the company?
  • What is the administration philosophy of this organization?
  • What would be a typical day of a person in this designation?

If you are still not convinced that why you need to ask questions from the interviewer then you must know that by doing this, an interviewer can figure out your interest in the job. Besides, from your tone of putting the question, structure and focus etc, to the interviewer can get to know about your level of confidence and willingness to do the job. Once he is convinced that you have that ‘X’ factor in you, nobody can stop you from getting the job. So, this makes it requisite to put questions to your interviewer.

It is suggested to avoid questions of salary or benefit issues, unless and until, the employer himself raises the topic. These questions can form a negative impact on the interviewer, thereby, making your chances of losing the job quite much. Simply put the questions that we have highlighted in the write-up in a confident yet pleasing tone and be sure of your success.

Interview Preparation & Questions

What do you think is the most imperative step of a recruitment process? Interview is the most integral part of a recruitment procedure. The word ‘interview’ sends jitters down the body of the candidates. Nervousness and shakiness instantly hits the candidates. Whether it’s a fresher or an experienced candidate, interview scares all.

Preparation for an interview :-
You can join a placement agency that conducts interview training sessions
Make an online search for the do’s and dont’s during an interview
Can join personality development classes

Like a student who wishes to get a hint of the examination questions, candidates also searches for predictable interview questions and their answers. If you are the one looking for such a write up, then here your search ceases. We provide you with some sure shot questions and the way to prepare them.

1. Tell me about yourself
This is largely the first question that is asked by the interviewer. This question is asked in order to start the conversation. The answer to this should be straightforward and describing you as a personal brand. Simply tell them your qualifications and your skills.

2. What were responsibilities that handled in your last job?
This answer is to be answered in detail and very specifically. Always relate your responsibilities of the last or the current job with the job that you are being interviewed for.

3. What is your greatest weakness?
Everyone has some or the other weakness. While answering this question always ensure that you portray your weakness into your strength.

4. What is your greatest strength?
The answer to this question should be such that your strength becomes your asset. Answer this truthfully but don’t go overboard and boast about yourself.

5. Why do you want this job?
While answering this question, don’t show them that you are in need of the job. You just have to tell them your interest is due to the job profile as well as the reputation of the concerned company.

6. Why should we hire you?
In simple terms the interviewer asks you about your USP. You just have to demonstrate your skills and achievements by giving firm examples.

7. What are your salary expectations?
You must have a fair calculation of what salary you want. Take some time to answer this question and quote the figure very patiently.

8. What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
This question is asked in order to know how focused you are and whether you have an aim set for yourself. Answer it by giving a detail about your future goals.

The aforementioned are the most commonly asked questions but there are several others that can be asked. No question is tough, you just have to understand them and answer them confidently and candidly.


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