3 Most Common Interview Questions and How to Ace Them

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3 most asked interview questions

Job interview, the final frontier between you and your dream job. Interviews can be a tricky business to handle details especially in the beginning of your professional journey.


As a job aspirant one is under a lot of pressure to perform and a one on one interview can sometimes be an intimidating scenario to be in. Moreover it doesn’t help that sometimes an interviewer asks questions that make one’s brain go totally blank. Let’s say for example, ‘How many footballs can you fit in a car?’ (carry on reading to know the answer) Most people will not be able to answer that in normal circumstances, then how can one answer in a stressful situation as an interview.
 

However, that's the whole point of an interview, finding candidates that will perform great even under a lot of pressure. So how can you crack an interview without going blank? The best answer is by preparing for one beforehand. Do your homework. Try to understand what are the most common questions that are asked in an interview and what are the best responses for them.
 

To help you get started, here are three most common questions that are asked during an interview, with tips on how to answer them correctly.

 

Tell me about yourself

 

Most probably it will be the first question an interviewer will ask you as an ice breaker. But that doesn’t mean you start giving them your whole life history. They aren’t writing your biography. Don’t start talking about your hometown, your favourite band, your family history and what not.

 

You can use this question to talk about relevant skills. Talk about stuff that is relevant to the job in hand, gives you an advantage and helps you stand out in comparison to other candidates.

 

For example- Let’s say you are applying for the job as a graphic designer, and they ask you to tell them about yourself...

 

What a wrong answer answer would be something like - Well, Ma’am I was born and raised in Jaipur, I love dogs and watching Netflix.


However an apt response would be- Ever since childhood I have had an interest in sketching and drawing, I have won many awards in my school and college competitions. I love working on new design projects using Illustrator and Indesign that I upload on my Behance account.
 

This way you use the question to your advantage and talk about how you are a great
candidate for the job.

What a correct one will be-  Ever since childhood I have had an interest in sketching and drawing, I won first prize in my school and college competitions. I love working on new design projects using Illustrator and Indesign that I upload on my Behance account.

This way you use the question to your advantage and talk about how you are a great candidate for the job.

 

Weird Questions

 

The prime aim in an interview is to find a candidate who is confident, quick thinker who can function under pressure and still manage to fit right in the company environment without standing out as a sore thumb.
 

This is why they ask questions that might sound weird, unusual or not in any relevance to the job in hand. But honestly, they are still judging you on what answer you give.


To understand this better, let’s take a few examples.
 

We will look at a few questions and then see how we can answer them, making us look at analytical, logical problem solvers they must have on their team..


Interviewer- “How many stairs did you climb to reach this office?”

 

Incorrect answer

  • Umm, I am not sure , maybe 20?
  • I don’t know, I didn’t notice?
  • Was I supposed to know that?

 

Correct Answer-

"Let’s see we are on the 3rd Floor, and all staircases are the same. So if one staircase has 7 stairs then, I climbed 21 stairs."


 

Interviewer- “Interviewer- How many CCD cafes are there in this city?”

 

Incorrect answer

  • Umm, I don’t know, maybe 2?
  • Never heard of CCD
     

Correct Answer-

Let’s say there is a CCD cafe at a radius of every 5 kms and this city is of a radius of 35 kms, then there are about 7 CCDs here.


 

Interviewer- “How Many Golf balls can you fit inside a small car?”

 

Incorrect answer

I don’t know.

Maybe 10000?

What's a foot ball?

 

Correct Answer-

All I need is to find the volume of the car and volume of the ball. Then I will divide the volume of the car by the volume of the ball to find the number of balls that will fit. 


 The trick is to remember, they are checking your quick thinking, analytical and problem solving ability, not GK or Memory.

 

Hobbies and Interests

 

Another most common question that you will hear in almost any interview is about your hobbies and interests. You can talk about all the activities you like but remember that they shouldn’t make you sound a little too vague, so that they don’t loose interest in you.

 

You can use this question to talk about your hobbies that actually act as a proof for your skills required for the job.

 

For Example,

 

Interviewer- So you want to apply as a content writer, please tell us about your hobbies 

 

Incorrect answer
 

  • Ohh, I love watching Netflix
  • I don’t know, I love procrastinating, I guess

 

Correct Answer

  • I love to write blogs and have a page for them. Not only that, I enjoy playing tennis and I have played some national level competitions for the same.

 

The hack is to talk about skills in such a way that they fulfil as hobbies too. You can also show how diverse you are by flaunting hobbies where you have won awards or recognitions.

 

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Author: Khushi Malhotra