Top 10 Interview Questions Every Fresher should be aware


The Main purpose of writing this post is to help freshers who are planning to attend interview for the first time.

Here we are providing Top 10 very common interview questions along with the purpose of question, what to answer and what to avoid. This gives point to point notes and hope this post will be very help full.

Tell me bout your self ?

What is the Purpose of this question

To know about you in a very high level manner not in detail. It is a kind of introduction question for most of the candidates faces during interview.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • Name & Education : Mention about your name and your highest education qualification
  • Technical Strengths :Tell about your technical strengths and achievements.
  • Project :Tell about your academic projects overview in short

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Avoid lengthy answers to this question. It should not exceed more than 90 seconds, at most up to 2 mins.
  • Don’t tell about your family members and entire life story.

What are your Hobbies and Interests?

What is the Purpose of this question

To know about your ability to work in team as well as individual contribution.
Also, to know how you manage/spend your time for personal and professional life. Note: Be prepared for follow-up questions on any answers you provide.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • I like playing football and basketball
  • I like listening to pop-music in free time
  • I like visiting new places with friends and family
  • I like internet surfing to read technical writings and presentations
What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Avoid irrelevant Hobbies and Interests which doesn’t serve the purpose mentioned above.
  • Avoid mentioning your personal activities and personal interests like drinking and smoking

Why should we hire you?

What is the Purpose of this question

To know your abilities and to know how you are confident on the job. To know how you are different from others and benefit to company. To know what best you can provide to company after hiring you.

Describe all your plus points relevant to job profile. Make sure you are not taking more than 3 minutes to answer this question.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • Career – Describe about your career and career achievements. Mention about your major responsibilities taken during academic project work.
  • Skills – Describe about your technical strengths/skill which helps to deliver the things in time
  • Motivated –  Describe how you are motivated. Tell how you react/motivate yourself when work needs to be stated and delivered in time.
  • Quick Learner – Describe that you are a quick Lerner and I can learn if any additional skills required to perform this job.
  • Problem solving –  Describe that you are good in problem solving. Mention any situation where you helped in solving the problem.
  • Adaptability and availability -Mention that you are adaptable to new environments. Also tell that you are available beyond working hours based on need.

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

Don’t tell your life story.
Don’t take more than 3 minutes to answer this question.

What are your strengths and Weakness?

What is the Purpose of this question

To know your strengths and weaknesses. Also, to know how you will overcome your weaknesses. The question is little different but the answer will be more like ‘Why should we hire you’.

Describe all you all your strengths relevant to job profile. Make sure you are not taking more than 3 minutes to answer this question.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • Skills – Describe about your technical strengths/skill which helps to deliver the things in time
  • Motivated –  Describe how you are motivated. Tell how you react/motivate yourself when work needs to be stated and delivered in time.
  • Quick Learner – Describe that you are a quick Lerner and I can learn if any additional skills required to perform this job.
  • Problem solving –  Describe that you are good in problem solving. Mention any situation where you helped in solving the problem.
  • Adaptability and availability -Mention that you are adaptable to new environments. Also tell that you are available beyond working hours based on need.
  • Weakness –  Mention any scenario during your college days which was not completed in time and how did you overcome it.

For Example, you have not completed your project work in second semester due to improper planning.

You planned well in the last semester and completed the project work in time.

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Don’t tell that you don’t have any weaknesses and at the same time.
  • Avoid mentioning all your weaknesses.

What are your long-term and short-term goals?

What is the Purpose of this question

The same question can be asked like Where do you see yourself in 5 years [Long Term] or Where do you see yourself in 2 years [Short Term]

To know about your goals, ambitions and to know whether you really interested towards this job. As a fresher you may not be able to answer exactly which position you will be in 5 years. Try to be generic with answer.

What to Answer

What to Answer

Short term goals

  • looking for a position where I will have opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge.
  • Would like to take more responsibilities along with current expected responsibilities and want to work on more challenging tasks over the period.
  • Interested to learn new technologies which helps to deliver the things in time with quality.

Long Term goals

  • Interested to take up additional responsibilities to manage more work and manage resources.
What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Never mention that you have no idea or not sure about your long tern or short-term goals.
  • Never mention that you want to be a manager or director or any specific position as designations and roles are varies from job to job and company to company.

Are you willing to relocate/travel for work?

What is the Purpose of this question

There are couple of jobs which requires candidates to travel/relocate to different places apart from the current location.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • If you are ready to relocate, mention that you are ok to relocate.
  • If not, please tell them due to personal reasons I would prefer to stay in my X location and not interested to relocate to other locations

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • If you are not interested to relocate. Please convey them in right manner as mentioned in what to Answer.

Are you comfortable to work in shifts?

What is the Purpose of this question

Few jobs require 24/7 support to clients. You can ask clear information about shifts before answering this question.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • If you are ready to work on shifts, mention that you are ok to work in shifts.
  • If you are not ready to work on shifts, mention that you are not comfortable to work in shifts.
What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • NA – This is strait forward question. This depends on individuals interests and availability to work in shifts.

How do you overcome pressure? How do you deal with stressful situation?

What is the Purpose of this question

This is to know how good/best you handle work under pressure to deliver the things in time.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • I will prioritize the work so will have a clear idea of what needs to be done when, this helps me effectively to manage pressure on the job.
  • I will take decisions in a considered and timely fashion.
  • I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn’t become stressful.
  • Mention example how you managed your final year exams and project work both to deliver both in time. Specify that you planned well in advance to manage both.

Used to extend my work hours on daily basis in case if I feel there may be a delay in delivering the things. This shows you adaptable and available when needed in urgent situations.

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Don’t mention that you will not work under pressure.
  • Don’t mention that no idea how to manage stress and handle pressure.

Can you tell why you want to join our company?

What is the Purpose of this question

This shows your interest to work with this company and shows how keen and quick in gathering/knowing the information about new things.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • Collect company information before you attend any interview. You can collect below information on google on company web site.
  • What is the manpower of the company?
  • Who is the CEO?
  • When were they founded?
  • What are they best known for?
What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Don’t tell that you have no idea about company which gives you less impressive.
  • Don’t tell that something that you are not aware and not sure.

What kind of work environment do you like?

What is the Purpose of this question

This is to know your opinion about working in team and working as individual contributor.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • I would like to work in a team as well as individual contributor.
  • Also like to work in an environment where I can learn and implement the things for mutual growth of the organization and myself.

What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Avoid organizations physical structure like cafeteria and other things.

Do you have any questions for me?

What is the Purpose of this question

To know what homework you have done before coming to interview. To know your eagerness of curiosity to ask questions to interviewer. This clarify how good you are in conversation during general talk.

What to Answer

What to Answer

  • Would you describe the culture of the company?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
What to Avoid

What to Avoid

  • Don’t ask non-work activities, like happy hour outings, lunch, or vacation time.
  • Don’t ask about their family or living situation, and don’t delve into gossip about people you may both know nothing sir nothing I don’t have anything.
  • Avoid yes or no questions and avoid questions that are so broad that they are difficult to answer.
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