HR Interview Questions & Answers

We have compiled a list of commonly asked HR round interview questions and answers that an interviewer might ask you during any job interview. Candidates applying for the job from fresher to advance level job are likely to be asked these HR round interview questions depending on their experience and various other factors.

Following are most commonly asked questions during an HR interview round for freshers as well as experienced job seeking candidates. This HR round interview questions guide will help you crack the interview and help you get your dream job.

The HR interview rounds can make or break your opportunity to join your dream company. Hence it is best to keep some tips in mind to ace this interview.
• Do not fake! Be yourself. Bluffing during the HR interview should be avoided at all costs.
• Answer to the point and while answering, be honest and truthful.
• Wear comfortable but formal clothes. Keep accessories to a bare minimum.
• Reach the venue on time. If the interview is scheduled online, then log in at least 10-15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time and ensure that your connection set up is alright.
• Do not sound dull while answering. Be enthusiastic and interactive with the hiring managers. In case the interview is online, then remember to keep your video on.
• Lastly, have a smile on your face.

1. Tell me something about yourself in brief
This is the universal question asked at the very first of any interview. It sounds easy, right? But this is the most important question where the candidates fail to create an impression with the interviewer as most of the time they are not aware of what exactly needs to be said.
Some tips to answer this question:
• Do not ask the interviewer what he wants to know about you. You may be asking genuinely, but that just sounds rude.
• Do not speak what is already there in the resume. The interviewer wants to know what they have not seen on the resume. And do not speak about anything personal.
• Introduce yourself by including certain adjectives like problem-solving, innovation and tech-savvy, creative, quick learner, etc. that best describe you in your professional life to boost your chances.
• Cover what you have accomplished in your career and what work you have done in the past which can help you excel in the position that you are being interviewed for.
• You can also tell why you want the position and how the job is going to be perfect for you.
• Focus only on your strengths that are relatable to the work.
Sample answer could be:

I am an energetic person, an effective communicator, and a quick learner. I worked on various projects related to the software domain which provided me a great deal of technical exposure along with the importance of working in a team and the value of client satisfaction. I have worked on developing various enterprise-level web applications for helping companies solve problems like ensuring business continuity, market research analysis, etc. So, I believe I am a good fit for technology-centric roles in your company.

Sample Answer 2:

“Well, I am a confident, hardworking and a very professional individual.
I have always carried out all the tasks assigned to me without hesitation, provided the instructions from my Reporting Managers or seniors were clear.
I have also been a good mentor to my juniors and never hesitate to guide them.
On the other hand, I am a creative person and I love to test my boundaries.
In order to do so, I keep pushing myself to think out of the box!”

2. Why do you want to work for our company?
Another popular question asked by the interviewer to make sure that the candidate has understood the job requirements and help the interviewer understand the reason behind choosing their company for that job. You should answer in such a way that the interviewer gets convinced that you are a great fit for the role.
Some tips to answer this question:
• Talk about the past projects that you had worked on that matches the requirements of the current role.
• Talk about your career aspirations that are associated with this job role.
• Have the knowledge in hand about the company’s vision, mission, and the work it has done in recent years that inspired you to join the organization.
Sample answer:

I feel that with my current skill sets and my experience in the XYZ domain, the job requirements this role presented are a perfect match for me. I could visualize myself in that role as it aligned with my career aspirations, skills, and expertise. Besides, I have researched your company and found that it has impressive and promising projections which made me excited to be a part of the amazing future. I would take pride in working under the great leadership of this company and I found this place to be a perfect fit for utilizing my expertise along with the promising aspect of personal growth.

3. Why are you applying for this job? (or) Why this role attract you?
By this question, the interviewer wants to know that:
o If you fully understand what the job entails
o How well you might match their requirement
o What appeals to you most about this job
Before answering this question, take your own time an answer in the way that convinces the interviewer. Explain your qualities according to the above-stated points.
Sample Answer:

Sir, it’s a great privilege to work in a reputed company like yours. When I read about your requirement, I found that my skills are matching with them. Through this role, I can show my technical skills to contribute to the company growth.

4. What did you like most about the job description?
This is one of the best HR interview questions to ask to start a conversation on requirements and responsibilities. And, it’s useful to assess how much the candidate has understood the role.
Sample answer:

First, the job description itself was very well-written and gave me a good idea of what the role was about. Second, I really liked the fact that this accounting role involves collaboration with others. I love accounting, but I don’t want to sit at my desk to look at numbers all day – I want to have the chance to work as part of a team where we can exchange opinions and knowledge of new accounting methods and organize the company accounting department in the best way possible.

5. Are you applying for other jobs also?
This question has a very specific purpose. The interviewer wants to know that if the candidate admits that he has applied to other places or gives a canned answer. Or what the candidate think about their company.
You should never claim that you did not apply to other company. Despite this, you can say that –
As you know, I would like to work as a software developer. Beyond your company, I have also applied to XYZ company and ABC company. This answer is more specific.

6. How do you get to know about our company?
The interviewer should not lie while answering such questions. Because an interviewer is a brilliant person and they can detect it if you are lying.
For Example

I get to know about your company from several online websites.

7. What do you know about this organization?
You should fully aware of that organization where you are going for an interview, so check the history, present structure and working style of that organization. Check the company’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn pages to gather the information.
Sample Answer:

We all know that it is one of the fastest growing infrastructure company in India. The facilities provided to the employee is best. People feel proud to be the part of your company as the company provides full support to their employees in professional front. The working environment of this company is decent. It has crossed the branches in the world also. And I was in search of this type of company.

8. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
HR asks this question to get to know more about your characteristics and your suitability for the job. It is also one of the standards and most commonly asked questions. Remember that interviewers these days hardly ever get impressed by flowery responses. So be careful while tackling this one.
Some tips to answer this question:
• Be honest.
• Start by stating the strongest skills and qualities that can be of a great match to the job role.
• Be ready with the backup claim for each of the strengths that you mention. Hence, avoid speaking of the strengths that you do not possess.
• Do not tell any weakness that can potentially jeopardize your candidature.
• Do not mention more than 2 weaknesses and always mention how you are working on improving them.
• Do not tell cheesy, cliché answers like “I am a perfectionist which is both my strength and my weakness”.
Sample answer:

I think one of my greatest strengths is that I am a great team player. I am also a self-motivated and quick learning individual. Whatever task that I set to do, I always give my best and complete it diligently well in advance. My weakness would be that I am learning to master people skills while meeting new individuals. I get nervous while talking to new people. I have been working on this for quite a long time and I can say with utmost confidence that I have come a long way.

Sample Answer 2:

“I have several strengths namely – I am patient, committed, honest and self-motivated.
I am the biggest dreamer I have ever come across! I forgive easily and hate to keep grudges in my heart.
My greatest weakness is that I don’t like getting interrupted when I am seriously into something.
Another one of my weaknesses is that I trust people very easily.
As I already said, I am a very patient person, so I am actively working on this lacuna.”

9. What does success mean to you?
Sample Answer :

If I feel I am making a difference working with a team of people to make a more profitable company. It is a success for me.

10. What are your aims and aspirations in life/What are your goals?
In the list of HR interview questions for freshers, this is one question that always pops up. Companies always try and understand the long term goals of every interviewee as it gives them an understanding of if you are a valuable addition to the company and can work for a long time within the company.
Sample Answer:

Currently, my short term goals is to nail this interview and get placed in a reputed company like yours, and my long term goals are to climb up the ladder and see myself as a respectable executive within the company.

11. What motivated you to do your job well?
These HR interview questions for freshers hinders the area of your motivation. The interviewer is asking you this question in order to find out what will drive you once you join the company to do good work for them.
Sample Answer:

I am always motivated by my desire to do a task to the best of my abilities. My father had told me at a young age that whenever you do a task that has your name attached to it, you must do it with 200% of your dedication because it might continue to live longer than you, and you must do it to your best abilities in order for it to be memorable.

12. Who is your inspiration?
This is one of the HR interview questions for freshers where almost everyone gives the name of some famous celebrity or life coach that has helped millions of people do good work. Or they might use the name of the company CEO in order to impress the interviewers.
However, the answer I have provided is very unique and is guaranteed to impress your interviewers.
Sample Answer:

While there are countless individuals that I have met in my life who can be a source of inspiration for me- from my teachers to my parents. However, the biggest inspiration I get is from myself. You see, I try to picture myself in 10 years and create an image of my life there and work tirelessly to reach that image. However, as I reach that image, I have already constructed another image for myself which is 10 years away. So, I always try to achieve higher than what I have made for myself and that picture of me in 10 years is what keeps me motivated.

13. Would you like to work overtime or odd hours?
You should become very honest to answer this question. Don’t tell a lie or compromise to get the job only. If you don’t have any problem, you can answer like this:
Sample Answer:

I know that in the company being asked to work for an extended number of hours comes with a good reason, so I am ok with it. It an extra effort means I am doing something for the company, I’ll be happy to do it.

14. Why are you looking for a change?
Yet another commonly asked question for experienced candidates, the interviewer wants to understand what made you look for different opportunities and identify if there are any red flags. Whatever is the reason for changing your job, do not talk negatively about the current employer. Do not divulge information about how bad the work environment was, how poor the salary was as these are of no concern to the interviewer. Keep the answer professional without sharing your woes.
Sample Answer:

The reason I am looking for change is that I feel like now is the time to expand my horizon. I have worked in my current company for quite a long time and while I am grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me there, I want to go beyond my current role here, explore different avenues and take up challenging roles and I believe that your company will be the perfect place for me to push and grow myself as an individual.
There might be cases where you might have been laid off due to budget and management constraints. In these cases, you have to convey the below things to the recruiter:
• It happened due to an unforeseen event and it was not your fault.
• You still have a positive mindset about various opportunities that are available in the market.

15. You have changed jobs/jumped ship too many times already, why so?
This question is asked exclusively to experienced professionals who have switched jobs more than two times in their entire career. Freshers can skip to the next question.
Sample Answer:

“You may label me a ‘frequent career-changer’ but I genuinely feel that today I am a far better employee.
My switches have helped me develop better interpersonal skills, gain diverse skills and adapt to rapidly changing business environments.
I can solve problems more efficiently and creatively, as I have learned to live with ambiguity and uncertainty. My first job helped me develop patience.
My second job helped me master spreadsheets and numbers.
My third job helped me develop better people skills and also adjust amidst culturally diverse and geographically dispersed teams.
All in all, I feel that my varied background makes me an ideal candidate for this job role today.”

16. What is the difference between confidence and overconfidence?
Confidence is based on facts and knowledge, and overconfidence is based on speculation. There is a small difference between confidence and overconfidence. Yes, I can do this work is self-confidence. But only I can do this work is overconfidence.
Or you can say that: confidence is an internal belief that I am a right person for this job and overconfidence is thought that I am only the right person for this job.

17. What is the difference between smart work and hard work?
The difference between smart work and hard work are as follows:
Smart work and hard work are related to each other. Without being a hard worker, we can’t be a smart worker. Smart work comes from the hard work. That means everyone has to specialize in his work to become a smart worker. So, all of us have to do hard work to achieve smart work.
So hard work increases your accuracy, and smart work increases accuracy as well as efficiency.

18. Tell me about the gap in your resume.
This question comes up when the interviewer finds something interesting and out of ordinary in the resume. Some examples could be a job that could be unrelated to what you are seeking or a job that lasted only for some months or in some cases, the outright gap between two consequent jobs. Here, HR wants to make sure that the gaps are not due to any red flags.
Sample Answer:

After the completion of my bachelor’s degree, I started working continuously for 8 years without taking any break. This sort of impacted my productivity and also harmed my work-life balance. Hence, I decided to take a break of 6 months to clear my mind, make amends with my family, and also do solo travel to different places. I also gained some lessons during this break such as the importance of work-life balance, organizational ability, and a fresh new perspective on life.

19. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10?
The main point while answering this question is to not convey that you are perfect. This would indicate that there is no scope for improvement and would showcase yourself as overconfident to the interviewer.
Also, remember to not undervalue yourself too. This would show that you don’t have any self-confidence.
Sample Answer:

I would like to rate myself an 8. 8 because I know that I am not perfect and there is always a scope for learning and improvement. Continuous learning is the most fundamental part of personal and professional growth.

20. What is your biggest achievement so far?
Make sure to discuss only your work-related achievement. Pick up the most recent achievement of yours and answer this question.
Tips to answer this:
Answer the question in a STAR format. STAR represents: S: Situation, T: Task, A: Action, and R: Result
Sample Answer:

I have achieved several milestones to date in my career as a software developer. The most recent one is of the time when we were working on a critical component of a product pertaining to customer payments. We were working round the clock for around 2 months and I was a core developer. I was made a lead to this component for completing the task in another 2 months.

To meet the deadline, we ensured that we upskilled ourselves to learn all the aspects of the development of this module and also brought in a few more resources to complete it faster. Post the deployment, I trained our team to support the platform proficiently. Ultimately, we could complete the product well in advance of the deadline. When the product was launched, the higher management was super proud of us and our team was awarded for our outstanding performance in the quarterly town hall. It was a very proud moment for me.

21. What is your objective in life?
Your answer should be realistic and practical.
Sample Answer:

My short-term goal is to work in a reputed organization like yours where I can enhance my technical skills and knowledge.
My long-term goal is to see the company at a topmost position where I am one of the people responsible for that
.

22. What are your hobbies?
It totally depends on you what you like and what hobbies do you have but always justify your answer.
Sample Answer:

My hobbies are dancing, Internet surfing, playing Chess, listening to music, watching the news channel. In my spare time, I like to read news on my phone and traveling to my hometown. Thank you for giving this opportunity to introduce myself.

23. Don’t you think that you are overqualified for this position?
This is trick of the interviewer to trap you and judge how boasting you are?
So, be alert to answer this question and don’t even hint to the interviewer that you are overqualified although you are.
This is a good answer:

“I think I am qualified for this post because I am just a beginner and have lots more to learn. I think qualification is not only a matter of theoretical knowledge or results; it also depends on practical knowledge and learning. When I get practical knowledge, I will consider myself just a well-qualified not overqualified. Because learning never ends.”

24. Do you have any blind spot?
It is a trick question. So don’t specify your actual weaknesses. Instead of this try to show you are very team oriented
For example:

“I would say everyone has blind spots and I would too that’s why I believe in teamwork because when you are a team, you can point out the blind spots of other people, and they will also do the same for you.”

25. Explain, how would you be an asset to this organization?
While answering this question, don’t merely say that you are hard working, dedicated, punctual, etc. because these are not assets, these are the responsibility that management wants. Off course these are positive words and has a lot of meaning for you as well as for the company. Actually, these qualities make you an asset for the company after getting experience.
Sample Answer:

“To become an asset for an organization, we have to punctual, dedicated, quickly adapt of the environment and positive working attitude I have all of these qualities so I will prove an asset for this company.”

26. You have not done your PG yet. This is not a drawback, but don’t you think you should get a PG degree asap?
Other variations of this question are as follows:
• Do you want to complete your Masters/Post Graduation in near future?
• Do you aspire to pursue higher studies?
Don’t fall into the interviewer’s trap. This question is shot at you to check your confidence level.
So, do not feel unarmed or look surprised. Keep your calm and answer smartly with a strong and indestructible logic.
Sample Answer:

“As soon as I graduated, I felt the urge to start working in the real world. It’s not that I am a total novice.
I have undergone 3 internships, of which 2 are paid from reputed organizations.
This credential has helped me land an offer from one of those firms.
I sometimes wonder whether I should have first completed my post-graduation.
Had I done so, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my complete portfolio.
And I am hoping that my track record will help me get selected for this position in your esteemed organization.”

27. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Now, this question is the trickiest and deadliest one among all. This can prove to be a trap and you might not even be aware of it. While the question might seem casual, the main purpose of this question is to find out how long you are planning to stay in the company if hired and how your vision fits the vision of the company.
• You might be tempted to answer honestly by saying things about your plans for higher studies, your plans to start a startup, your plans of becoming a hiring manager in the company or if you don’t have a plan then you are simply tempted to say you don’t have a plan at all. These are the things the interviewer doesn’t want to hear and hence avoid giving such answers.
• The recruiter is only interested in knowing how long you are planning to stay in the company and how satisfied you are with the current position you are going to be hired.
Sample Answer:

Over 5 years, I would love to utilize all the opportunities that this company provides me to learn by utilizing the internal and external training programs. My ultimate career goal is to become a Technology Architect and hence I would look forward to developing various products that represent the vision of this company and be a part of making a difference along with quickening my journey of becoming a Tech Architect.

28. Why should we hire you?
The recruiter asks this important question to understand how well you would fit into the position because every hire is a risk to the interviewer in case they turn out to be unfit. Your answer to this question can make or break your interview. Hence, prepare well for this question and make sure to convey to the interviewer why you are the perfect fit for the position.
Some tips to answer would be to include:
• How well you would perform the job and how you would be a great addition to the team.
• How you possess the right talent which makes you stand apart.
• Everything should boil down to how you can add great value to the organization.
Sample Answer:

I am a self-motivated and very open-minded person who can learn very fast. Looking at the job description and my experience in the field of web development, I am confident that I am very much suitable for this role. I enjoy solving problems and I am a great team player. I also believe that my values are aligned with this company’s values. I think this position will support my interest and also give me interesting and exciting opportunities to contribute to the growth of this organization. I am very much excited about this opportunity.

29. How do you deal with criticism?
The main intention to ask this question is to see what your attitude towards feedback is and how you react to it. The main point here is to let the interviewer know that you are always open to constructive feedback. You should not show yourself as a stubborn or ignorant person who is not capable of taking any input for your growth.
Sample Answer:

I am always enthusiastic about learning new things and during the process, I might tend to make mistakes. If someone provides me with constructive criticism, I am always open to it and I will work on correcting myself and learn from my mistakes. This would help me grow and move forward. If the feedback is negative, then I am mature enough to ignore the feedback and continue working on doing my job to the best of my capabilities without dampening my spirit.

30. What Are These Behavioural Questions
These questions are mostly of the format “Tell me about a time…” where you would be asked to share your experience based on certain scenarios which would help the interviewer judge how well you handled various work situations thereby reflecting your skills, capacity, and personality.
Always answer such types of questions using the STAR format to provide structured answers. STAR has the following questions to be answered in the same order:
• Situation: What was the situation/event?
• Task: What were the tasks involved in the above-mentioned situation?
• Action: What did you do to complete the goal?
• Result: What was the result of the actions? This is the most important part which conveys if you were successful or not. Avoid bragging and exaggerating at all costs.

31. What makes you happy?
I feel happy when I accomplished my task. I also feel happy when I achieved my goals. Holiday with my family and friends also makes me happy.

32. Is there anything which makes you different from other candidates?
It is good to start with a disclaimer that you are not aware of the strengths of the other candidate. Also, you sure that some impressive candidates apply for this position.
Sample Answer:

Although, I am not familiar with the others whom you are interviewing for this position. I am sure many talented people applying for the job. But because of my background and the problem-solving skills, I considered myself to be a strong candidate for this position.

33. Describe the three things that are most important for you in a job?
Sample Answer:
According to me, Honesty, Loyalty, and determination to achieve my team’s target are the three important things in a job.
34. Tell me about a time when you were not satisfied with your performance?
Here, the interviewer gets to know the extent of ownership you take while performing any task. It also reflects how well you care about the job and the company.
Sample answer:

When I initially joined my job right after college, there was a point where I was constantly becoming dependent on the team members to get work done. I did not like this as I wanted to carry out my responsibilities in an independent manner along with working in a team. I wasted no time and quickly learned the working dynamics of the project and received various assignments related to the project. The more assignments I worked on with minimal help, the more confident I became and the more sense of ownership is provided. I felt more independent and I was lauded multiple times for my dedication, my sense of ownership, and how quickly I was able to adapt to the project.

35. Tell me about a time when you were made to work under close supervision.
Here, the interviewer evaluates how well you work in a team and how well you can work independently.
Sample Answer:

In my previous job, I was working under the close supervision of my manager. It felt very overwhelming as the manager watched everything that I do throughout the day and I felt like he/she was virtually sitting by me at all times. I was uncomfortable with this because of the constant pressure involved. But then, I found out that the manager did not trust me enough to do my job alone as I was very new to it. So I worked on building her trust by working very diligently without any complaints in the projects and once I felt the manager was convinced of my abilities, I discussed with her to hand me a project which didn’t involve such close supervision. The manager gave me one such project reluctantly and I made sure I gave my best to it and the project was launched successfully which is how I gained her complete trust.

36. Can you tell me about a time where you were happy with your work and what was your reaction?
By asking this question, the interviewer wants to understand what success means to you and what feeling it brings out in you. By this, they can assess your concerns for the growth of the company along with your personal growth.
Sample Answer:

There was a time in my previous company where I was handling a project related to blogging that would potentially inspire a lot of people. So I worked on researching what topics would people get inspiration from and what would help them be better. I also conducted a survey which I shared with my friends, neighbors and relatives to get better insights about this. When we published the blog, the recognition that we got was tremendous. People loved how relatable the posts were and this turned out to be a significant reason behind the 90% sales of our products. I was very happy with my work as I did my part in contributing to company profits as well as providing a platform to people where they can get inspiration from.

37. Tell me about a time where you experienced difficulty at work while working on a project.
Now, this is a broad question as difficulty can be of any type. This question is asked to assess what are the things that you consider as difficult and how you go about solving that difficulty. While answering this:
• Focus on describing a problem that was related to your work using the STAR approach.
• Do not answer negatively or bad mouth any supervisor or any company.
• The interviewer should be made to understand the cause of the problem.
• Avoid bringing up personal problems in your life.
• Focus on the learnings of the problem rather than dwelling too much on the damage.
Sample Answer:

There was a time in my current company when I received a bug report from our client which stated that the databases were performing below the mark when a complex query was called excessively from the interface.

The first thing I did was checking the logs to perform the root cause analysis. Doing this gave me a rough idea regarding where the bug started appearing. I reproduced the bug only on the production server and I tried replicating the same on my local system. While debugging, I found out that there was a bug in the Java code where some lines were commented out by the developers who had already left this company.

I fixed this code quickly and did a round of performance testing on the application to ensure that this doesn’t occur again. The issue was fixed at the end of the day and we were able to get the server up and running with enhanced performance. We learnt an important lesson to perform regression testing after every phase of releases to ensure the old functionalities were working fine along with the newly developed ones.

38. Tell me about a time where you displayed leadership skills.
This question is asked to check how competent you are in a particular situation. You have to ensure that you are not sounding lazy or unprofessional.
Sample Answer:

I remember this event. Every year, my company used to organize a summer barbeque, and this year, the person who was supposed to organize had left for a new job. I used to volunteer for this before so I volunteered myself for organizing the barbeque this year.

The annual barbeque was a potluck event with some fun activities planned throughout the day. I conducted a survey amongst the employees to see what kind of activities they were interested in. I made a list of those activities and created teams dedicated to conducting each of them. I also ensured that activities did not cross the budget allocated and took care of sending out regular reminders to track the progress of the team. I sent out posters and went through the office floors with a team of people to make sure people are aware of what exciting things we have planned for them and ensure that they arrive at the venue on time. The day of the event was an amazing one. As we had everything planned, the event went on smoothly and everyone had loads of fun.

I received great appreciation from the higher management for my organizational skills and everyone said that they had a great time.

39. Was there any point in your career where you made any mistake? Tell me about it.
Now here is a tricky behavioral question and if you don’t answer this carefully, you would be digging your own grave. The interviewer wants to understand what kind of mistakes you made, how did you approach it and how well you would perform if you are hired for the job. Some tips to answer the question:
• Talk about a mistake you made which you were able to rectify and which didn’t cause any critical damage to your organization.
• Talk about what you learned while working on fixing the mistake.
• Avoid any mistake that represents any flaw in your personality.
Sample Answer:

I remember an instance when I joined my first company. I was asked to work on two projects simultaneously and I accepted it even though I knew I would not be able to handle it. I did not want to tell my manager that I cannot handle it as I did not want him to think less of me. I was not supposed to tell either of clients that I was working on another project which caused me double stress due to which I was not able to meet the deadlines for the assignments. I realized I should have clearly communicated this with my manager and then my manager understood the situation and allocated a new resource to work with me to complete the project delivery. I learned the importance of keeping my supervisors updated with any task and being open to them if I am facing any roadblocks.

40. How do you handle stress, pressure, and anxiety?
It is a typical interview question asked to judge how you handle the job stress and pressure.
Sample Answer :

I believe in working in a planned way and finishing my work regularly. I always react to situations, rather than to stress. In this way, I handle the situation and don’t take the stress.

41. What makes you angry?
You should always answer this question in a manner that suits both your personality and management too.
“Sir, I am not a short-tempered person, but I feel a bit of annoyance when someone disturbs me in my work without a genuine reason. Although I am an even-tempered person, when I get angry, I try to channel my negative feeling in my work.”

42. How did you handle disagreements with your manager?
The interviewers want to know how well you deal when your ideas are disagreed by your manager/supervisor. Disagreements are part and parcel of working in a team. Hence, the recruiter wants to know if you are capable of handling such disagreements and how well you plan to develop the relationship with the manager.
Some tips to answer this question:
• Explain what the disagreement was.
• How did you overcome that?
• What was your learning outcome?
• Do not speak ill or abuse your manager.
• You can’t tell that you never had a disagreement before as it would just prove that you do not have a sense of leadership or you lack creativity.
Sample Answer:

This reminds me of an instance where I and my manager had a disagreement on why a certain feature has to be included in the product and he was against it. We had lots of discussions regarding the pros and cons of that feature. During this, I explained to him why adding that feature to our website would be the best thing to do and how it would make the lives of our users easier. I gave him various scenarios and good reasons why that feature would be a great idea. My manager was convinced as he felt the reasons were good enough and we got his green signal to work on it. In the end, when we unveiled this feature to our client, the clients were indeed very happy and praised us all as we went out of our way to add this feature. My manager was very happy with the result. I learned that effective and graceful communication is the ultimate key. Ideas should be respectfully conveyed to people when there are disagreements as we belong to a team and the collective vision of the team is to launch the project successfully. In case my manager’s idea was best for the project, then I would gracefully accept that too.

43. What do you think is creativity?
Creativity I believe is in each one of us. From the drawing of a car by a 3-year-old to the famed Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel. Creativity comes to us the minute we open our eyes and see the world as we only fixate on the things that attract our attention. Creativity is innate art in us to create things.

44. Did you ever think of starting your own business?
Frankly, sir, I have always wanted to start a company of my own. But currently, I am a fresher and intend to gain some valuable skills for my overall development. Thus, I think I am not entirely ready to begin a company of my own. However, the dream is still alive.

45. Do you consider yourself successful?
This is a popular interview question

Sample Answer:

I feel successful with continuous progress. I find it exciting when I am allowed to implement new ideas and see its fruition. I would define my success as I have learned through years and use them when circumstances arise or demand.

46. Tell me how you will handle it if suddenly the priorities of a project were changed?
Here, the interviewers want to know how the candidate will act in the situation when priorities are changed. This will also reflect the candidate’s ability to handle stress and solve problems.
Some tips to answer this question:
• Make sure that you convey the right things to the interviewer.
• Give instances of how well you are capable of handling pressure and stress.
• Avoid boasting and no matter how frustrated you were during these situations, do not tell the interviewer.
Sample Answer:

I certainly understand that there might be valid reasons for a company to change the priority of a project. The vision of a project at one particular point of time would change at another time due to various conditions. If the priority of the task that I work on gets changed, I will put efforts into understanding why this happened and I will consider that it is in the best interest of the company and start to work on the new task of higher priority rather than crib about it. The ultimate goal is to achieve big things by putting in my best efforts.

47. What was the most difficult decision you have made in your past life?
This question is asked to judge your decision-making capabilities. The interviewer wants to know, how you take a decision in tough times.
Sample Answer :

After completing my graduation, the toughest decision is whether to go for higher studies or do a job. Then I chose the job because getting trained is better than educated and it was also the demand of that time.

48. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
This is a very tricky question. The work should always be more important than the money. This frame of mind is good for you(at least at the time of interview).
Sample Answer:

Money is always important, but the work is most important for me. Working just for money may not be fulfilled if I don’t feel satisfied with my job. My work makes me stay productive, and money would naturally come along well.

49. Consider the scenario – You win a million-dollar lottery. Would you still be working?
Generally, these questions would be based on the cases or scenarios. This is to understand how you think and execute the plan in a given situation.
This question is a big trap! If you answer “yes” to this, then you will be considered a materialistic and money-minded person who could easily give up on the company if you are provided with a lot of money. And hence, you won’t be a valuable asset to the company.
Sample Answer:

I will be super thrilled if I win such a lottery as it would mean that I would be having a hefty saving for me and the future of my family. I won’t be quitting my job because I enjoy my work and I love learning new things continuously and I would still love to explore more domains. My only wish is to retire after completing a very fulfilling career.

50. What gets you up in the morning?
It is my promise that gets up me in the morning. My promise is to learn something new and someone in need. It provides me the satisfaction that I am making a difference in someone life.

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