Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions

In the earlier articles on our website, we have seen many articles regarding the Common Interview Questions or, types of interviews, interview tips and the common pattern followed by IBPS.In this article, we will, however, highlight the questions that are considered Common Interview Questions in the context of selection interview. These kinds of Common Interview Questions are repeatedly asked in the IBPS exams and once you go through all of these the interview would not be a new thing for you.

Traditional Job Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your long-term career objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
  • Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
  • How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
  • How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What makes you qualified for this position?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our bank?
  • Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
  • How well do you adapt to new situations?
  • How would you describe your ideal job?
  • Tell me about some of your recent goals and what you did to achieve them.
  • What motivates you?
  • How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What major problem have you had to deal with recently?
  • How much training do you think you’ll need to become a productive employee?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is a weakness you have?
  • What led you to choose your field or major study?
  • What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  • How has your education prepared you for your career?
  • What were your favorite classes? Why?
  • How familiar are you with the community that we are located in?
  • Is money important to you?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?

Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split-second decision.
  • What is a typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
  • Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
  • Give me an example of a time when you tried to accomplish something and failed.
  • Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.

Problem or Puzzle Questions

A handful of employers makes a practice of asking problem or puzzle questions during an interview. These are usually done to test a candidate’s logical thinking skills, intelligence, ability to think on one’s feet, and ability to solve problems under stress. The effectiveness of these types of interview questions is in doubt and they are rarely used.

Problem or puzzle questions usually fall into three categories:

  • Those with a correct answer.
  • Those with no correct answer but with recommended ways to approach them.
  • Those that have no correct answers but tend to test the imagination.

Questions with a correct answer

EXAMPLE: There are three ants at the three corners of a regular triangle. Each ant starts moving on a straight line toward another, randomly chosen the corner. What is the probability that none of the ants collide? (The correct answer, by the way, is one in four. Can you figure out why?)

Questions with no correct answer but with recommended approaches

EXAMPLE: How many petrol stations are there in theIndia? Design a spice rack for a person who is blind.For these types of cases, the interviewer is looking at how you approach the question. Does your approach provide a reasonable way to view the problem and lead to an approximate solution? On the gas station problem, you might start with the population of the India estimate the number of vehicles, estimate the number of vehicles served by the average petrol station, and come up with an answer.

Questions with no correct answers or approaches

EXAMPLE: If you could be a breakfast cereal, what would you be? What would you like to be the epitaph on your gravestone? Responses to these questions would be difficult for a psychologist to interpret. The best advice in handling them is to try to show some imagination or positive attributes. For example, my breakfast choice would be Special K because it’s part of a good nutrition team.

These types of questions are not common but, when asked by an interviewer, they can be very important to one’s prospects with that employer. It is recommended that the candidate does the following.

  • Don’t start talking right away. Think the question through and organize your thoughts.
  • Ask clarifying questions. Make sure you get as much information as you can.
  • Don’t be frivolous or make wisecracks about the question.

Open-ended Questions

besides above mentioned Common Interview Questions there is also another type of question. At the beginning of an interview, a typical first question might be an open-ended question such as “Tell me about yourself”. You should be prepared to tell an interviewer about yourself on a professional/career level.Think about what you have done that has prepared you for the job. Do not discuss personal issues such as age, children, family, or religious affiliation. Be concise with your answer. Prepare a brief description of your education and previous experiences that will highlight how you would be a good match for the job.

There is also another type of interviews but mostly in  Examination, you will be asked kind of Common Interview Questions that are mentioned above. To read in detail about types of interviews and to read other exciting posts about interview please visit our interview section.