8 lesser-known questions that you should be ready to answer in your...

8 lesser-known questions that you should be ready to answer in your next interview!


people-apple-iphone-writing1. What do you think we could do better or differently?

This question is usually one on the minds of those interviewing for startups. The aim to ask this question is two fold, first being, they want to know how much you really know about their company. The second one is to understand if you are one who can think out of the box. They want to know how different your ideas are from the others applying for the same job.

2. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?

This is a psychological test question and there can’t be an answer that is wrong, however it will help you if you pick your animal in line with that of the work and one that can highlight your strengths and weaknesses that may be beneficial to your job profile.

3. What do you like to do outside of work?

This is just another “what are your hobbies?” question. It is good to open upland be informal about this answer but you need to keep in mind that this is, by the end of the day, an interview and you can’t state things like “I like to party every weekend” etc. It gives the interviewer the wrong idea.

4. What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?

It is best if this question is answered in a systematic way. You can let the interviewer know what all you would like to get familiarised with in the initial days and further tell them how you would use that in order to achieve your targets. Have something specific in mind before you answer this questions. Giving a vague answer to this one can work out badly for you.

5. What’s a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?

It common to have any kind of disagreement with your bosses from time to time. what the interviewer is trying to understand is how you deal with such differences. Ensure that you give them an instance where you handled the situation positively and the result was good.

6. What skills do you wish to build on during your tenure?

We all have some skills we are not good at but would like to develop. There is no harm in admitting to that, however the trick is to ensure that none of these skills are such that can stand in the way of you getting the job. Have an answer that is professional and not emphasising on the personal skills.

7. How do people describe you? 

Remember chances are that your bosses and colleagues might be called soon after you interview. Make sure you answer this honestly and try to give them an answer that can set you apart from the other individuals applying for this job.

8. If you had to live your life over again, what one thing would you change?

To answer this question, try to recall an opportunity that you missed out on and regretted.  However ensure that this should be in line with your current profile and goals. make sure your answer is in the right direction and try to give a life situation to back this answer.





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