Interview Questionnaire – General

This topic will discuss about general interview questionnaire and tips for Interview of both table interview and telephonic interview.

  • General HR Interview Questionnaire

  • Personal Interview

  • Telephonic Interview

Follow the below steps for the Success of the Interview

Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it.

1. Tell me about yourself: 

The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared  in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job? 

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field? 

Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have  specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful? 

You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you? 

Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization? 

This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? 

Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs? 

Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?

This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

11. What kind of salary do you need? 
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player? 
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? 

Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? 

This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

15. What is your philosophy towards work? 
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you? 

Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? 

If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization 

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you? 
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made 
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

21. What irritates you about co-workers? 

This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength? 

Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude .

23. Tell me about your dream job. 

Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job? 
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job? 
See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with? 
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work? 
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? 

There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor 
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job? 

Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. 
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? 
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job? 

This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? 
This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job? 
Several ways are good measures:
You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success.Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own? 
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style. 
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? 

Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots? 
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? 
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss? 

Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others. 
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? 

Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic. 

Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment? 

Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.

Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me? 
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.


Interview Tips

Interviews are the best way to demonstrate your suitability for a job.

They are generally the next step in the recruitment process after a CV or application form has been submitted.

Candidates who successful in impressing during the first stage with a good CV or profile will, in most cases, have an interview with a Interview Panel of the Organization.

The following interview tips for advice on interview questions, preparation and Dos and Don’ts, among others.

The golden rule with job interviews is – prepare yourself thoroughly.


  • Visit the company website to get more idea about the about the company and their projects.
  • Read corporate brochures,  search online and talk to friends who already work there.
  • Remind yourself why you are particularly interested in working for this company.
  • Think what skills/knowledge/interest you have to offer.
  • Prepare some questions to ask.
  • Be prepared for interview questions.
  • If you are facing a panel, find out who is on it and their positions and backgrounds, if possible.

Making a good impression

First impressions count, so make sure you:

  • Dress smartly and professionally.
  • Avoid flamboyance or untidiness.
  • Avoid heavy aftershave or perfume.
  • Don’t smoke before the interview.

Arriving to Interview Spot

Make sure the following:

Where the interview is.

  • When you have to be there.
  • Arrive in good time, ideally ten minutes early.
  • Do not arrive too early as this may disrupt the interviewer’s schedule. Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet.
  • How long it will take to get there. Allow time for traffic and parking.
  • Who you are going to see and their position in the company.

During the Interview

  • The candidate who performs best at the job interview is often given the job over the best candidate.
  • You are expected to ‘sell’ yourself, build rapport, reveal attitudes and opinions, and talk freely. You must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of your skills to prospect employers – ensure you cover them in the job interview whether you are asked or not.
  • Build rapport with your interviewer. They will feel more comfortable with you and the interview will go more smoothly. It will also help demonstrate that you will fit in the team.
  • Be positive – enthusiasm can sometimes compensate for lack of experience.

Closing the Interview

  • Your interviewer will usually indicate when you will learn the result. If not, ask what happens next, when the decision is made and when second interviews are to be held. (Most firms operate on a two-stage process, so, if successful, you will be shortlisted for second interview with a view to meet other managers or colleagues.)
  • Make sure the interviewer is aware of your interest in the job and desire to join the team.

After the Interview

  • Make notes on the interview. Information about the job, interviewer, interview questions and department will prove invaluable if you are invited to a second interview.
  • If the interview was arranged through a recruitment consultant like Change, phone your consultant and let them know your thoughts on the interview. You will get initial feedback faster and be kept informed of next stage or decision dates.

Interview questions – may be asked

  • What did your boss say about you at your last appraisal?
  • What do you regard as your main achievements?
  • What hours do you work?
  • If I spent a week with you, what would I notice about your approach to work?
  • Which parts of your job put you under the most pressure?
  • Give me an example of a recent problem where you had to made a difficult decision and how you handled it.
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What attracted you to apply for this job?
  • How would you like to see your career develop over the next five years or so?
  • Why did you decide to work in this field?
  • What other employers have you applied to and for what types of job?
  • (You may be posed a problem) We want to expand this specialisation and/or win new clients. How would you go about it?
  • Sum up your strengths and weaknesses.
  • What kind of people do you find it most difficult to work with and why?
  • What do you know about this company/firm?
  • What are you looking for in a company?
  • In what area of your job have you achieved the greatest success? Why do you think that is?
  • What do you think of our company brochure?
  • What are your long term aspirations? Where do you want to be in ten years time?
  • What motivates you?

Questions for you – ask at the interview

You should always welcome the opportunity to ask questions. Remember that most interviewers will judge you as much by the questions you ask as by the answers you give to theirs. Ask about the job, responsibilities, size of team, staff, and services to clients. Your questions might include:

  • Who would I report to?
  • How often is performance reviewed?
  • Why is your company so successful?
  • What rate of progress should I make in ‘X’ years?
  • What level of responsibility will I be given?

Dos and Don’ts


  • When you meet your interviewer, shake hands warmly – remember the merits of a firm handshake.
  • Smile! This will encourage and relax you and the interviewer and help build rapport.
  • Frequent eye contact.
  • Maintain good posture, leaning forward slightly to indicate your interest.
  • Try to relax and assume a comfortable position.
  • If in a panel interview, address the person asking the interview questions and use sweeping glances to include the entire panel.


  • Gazing around the room – this will make you appear uninterested, vague and lacking in concentration.
  • Maintaining constant eye contact – it will make the interviewer feel ill at ease.
  • Sitting bolt upright – this makes you appear uneasy.
  • Slouching – you will seem casual and unconcerned.
  • Negative signals like crossed arms (barrier signal when insecure), hand wringing (tension) or fidgeting.

Interview Tips – General

  • Answer questions fully – try not to answer just yes or no. The more you talk, the more you can satisfy the interviewer, but don’t ramble! Keep answers clear and concise and don’t talk too fast.
  • Don’t use filler words, slang or dialect and avoid constant hesitations.
  • The effective interview should have a 70%/30% split applicant to interviewer time spent talking. Interviewers expect applicants to talk far more than you might think.
  • Always be positive.
  • Be confident and believe in yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to sell yourself – the interviewer will be looking for evidence that you have the potential to progress in the company.
  • Even if you feel things have gone poorly, don’t write it off. Stay positive and remember that you can learn and profit from the experience.
  • Don’t offer derogatory information about your present employer.
  • Don’t pretend to know something that you are ignorant of or try to answer a question that you haven’t understood. Ask for clarification.
  • Be specific about what you want to do and how you see your career progressing.
  • Don’t lie

Interview tips – Telephonic

Telephone interviews and video conferencing are more commonly used for international positions / Out Station. Companies use telephone interviews for various reasons:

  • As a preliminary screening prior to inviting the candidate to meet in person.
  • When there are a large number of candidates applying for the role.
  • When the role on offer involves extensive time on the telephone.
  • When there is a large distance between candidate and client.

Telephone interviews following the same basic rules as face-to-face job interviews. However, in many respects, a telephone interview can be more difficult to prepare for in comparison to a meeting in person.


You must go into the call as knowledgeable and researched as possible and expect to be questioned on what you know. For international assignments, research should cover:

  • The location – Why are you attracted to working internationally and why that particular country or city? The web and friends and family who have either visited or relocated are great tools.
  • The company – Why are you attracted to working for this company – is it their global status, your long term career aspirations, the role?
  • The role – What attracts you to the role and why should they hire you? Do you have a similar skill set, what can you bring to their firm and department? Make sure you have the job specification in front of you.
  • Questions – Have all of your questions planned out and written down in front of you, this way you will never forget to ask any crucial points. Good questions to ask include what training will be provided, will there be travel involved in the role, what opportunities are there for long term advancement, structure of the division, where would you fit in, etc. There is one golden rule – NEVER ask about salary unless it is brought to your attention by the interviewer.
  • Resume – Re-read your Resume and ensure that you have it sitting in front of you. Think carefully about potential interview questions they may ask. For example: if you have gaps in your employment, why? If you have moved around a lot, why?

The Interview

If the call has been confirmed for a specific time, make sure that you are ready and waiting. Excuses will not be tolerated, even if it is on a mobile phone. It is imperative to ask for the interviewers details prior to a confirmed call. That way, if there is no call when planned, call 15 minutes later and leave a message if they are not around to let them know that you were ready and waiting.

  • Phone line – Try to ensure the call is on a landline to avoid interference on the line.
  • Noise – Make sure you are in a quiet room and confirm that you are not to be interrupted (by colleagues or children!).
  • Tone – It’s not only what you say that counts, but how you say it. Arrogance, enthusiasm, lethargy can all be apparent by the way we speak so make sure you’re upbeat and full of energy when you speak. Sound interested and interesting!
  • Be succinct – presentation and body language cannot gauged therefore making your words even more crucial. Do not drone on; get straight to the point.
  • Language – Do not swear or use colloquialisms. Many international clients will not understand or be impressed.
  • Addressing – Try to use the company and interviewer’s name throughout the interview.


Show your commitment and enthusiasm!

Completing the call

The interviewer’s objective is to hear how interested you are. If you are keen to progress, tell them. If positive from their side, ask what timescales are they considering, are there many candidates being interviewed and what would be the next stage in the process? Closure is just as important as opening the conversation. Don’t be afraid to take control, but mind that there is a fine line between being in control and ‘pushy’.

Afterwards, relay your feedback on to your Consultant immediately along with any other questions and let them take over.


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