Interview Questions for Management and Executive Applicants

August 14, 2014 by fresherssite | Comments | Filed in HR Interview, Interviews

If you’re going for a management position, you may be asked a few questions not asked of non-management folks. Questions about:

  • Budget
  • Company policy
  • Management style
  • Conflict management
  • Consensus building
  • Team development
  • Organizational systems
  • Supervisory skills
  • P&L responsibility
  • Goal achievement
  • Public relations
  • Investor relations

Here are some questions you might find yourself answering in your executive interview.

  1. Tell me about a time when you developed or re-organized a procedure successfully.
    Here’s your chance to look good by talking about one of your favorite achievements. While telling your story, keep in mind what tasks you might be asked to perform at the job you’re applying for and highlight anything in your story that relates to your next job.
  2. When did you initiate a policy or project, and how did your idea affect the organization?
    Employers love to hear how you affected the bottom line, since it implies that you’ll be able to do the same for them. Tell a story that demonstrates that you understand how success is measured in your line of work, and that you’re able to achieve it to the satisfaction of your employer.
  3. Could you describe a challenging problem you solved and what the long-term result of your solution was?
    Most of us hate to admit that we have problems, but the truth is that we do. It’s how we handle problems that shows our real talent. So dig deep and come up with a time when you either took on a problem and solved it, or you were in the middle of a project and a problem came up unexpectedly.
  4. What was the toughest budget issue you ever faced? Could you tell me about it?
    Budget management is a big deal to employers. Before you decide how to answer this question, decide how involved you want to be with the budget on your next job. If you want to manage a budget, talk about a time when you did a terrific job with the money. If you hate dealing with budgets, tell about a time when you worked with someone else on the budget.
  5. Tell me about a creative approach you used to increase profits.
    There are two ways to increase profits: decrease spending and increase revenue. This question is designed to find out if you’re going to bring new profit-making ideas to the company, especially ones that work. So tell about a time when you either cut costs or drove up revenues.
  6. Give me an example of how you built consensus within your team.
    An effective manager gains buy-in from his staff so that everyone experiences success, both individually and as a group. To respond to this question, you could speak about one of your experiences in morale building, creating incentive programs, or using your fine management style to increase cooperation among your staff.
  7. When did you have to resolve conflict among your subordinates?
    Conflict resolution is a valuable skill. With downsizing, mergers, and problems in corporate management, this could be your winning ticket. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes to know what interpersonal issues are current stumbling blocks at the company. Then come up with an experience of your own that parallels the company’s.
  8. When have you had to represent the company or your department before a group of people?
    Here’s your chance to show where your presentation skills lie. If you love speaking before groups, great—tell about some winning presentations you’ve done. If you’re not really comfortable in front of large groups (not all of us are), refer to a time when you delivered a message to either a small group or to an individual, and don’t forget to emphasize the positive result of your presentation.
  9. When did you have to sell an idea within your company and how did it work out?
    The employer wants to know how much courage and persuasion you have. Think of a time when you persuaded someone or a group to follow your lead to a successful end. Your experience might have been around a serious business matter, or maybe even a personal interaction that turned into a humorous tale.

General interview questions from Management

August 14, 2014 by fresherssite | Comments | Filed in HR Interview, Interviews

To give you a little practice in answering both traditional and behavioral questions, here are some interview questions that might be asked of an applicant going for a position at any level (management or non-management) in an organization. After each question, you’ll find an analysis of the question, which may help you understand how to answer such a question in your job interview.

  1. Could you please tell me about yourself?
    Although this question is broad, keep your answer focused and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Mention the top three or four aspects of your experience, skills, interests, and personality that make you a qualified candidate for the job.
  2. What are your long- and short-term career goals?
    Good question! The interviewer is trying to get a feel for why you want this job and how long you’re going to stick with it. The ideal answer will assure the employer that you’re worth his investment—that is, training you, introducing you to clients, entrusting you with responsibility. Your answer should assure him that you’ll be around for awhile—and maybe even a long time.
  3. Outside of work, what are some of the things you do?
    Employers know that what an applicant does for free can speak louder about his character than what he does for money. Tell the interviewer about something in your nonprofessional life that says: “Hey, I’m a good person.”
  4. What strengths do you bring to this job that other candidates might not?
    There’s no hidden message here. The employer’s giving you the floor to sell yourself for the job. Prepare well for this answer and deliver it with confidence. After all, who knows more about why you’re suited for the job than you? And make your presentation using brief achievement stories whenever possible.
  5. Do you consider this a lateral or vertical career move?
    This question is designed to find out how challenged you’ll be on the job—be careful, it’s a double-edged sword. If you aren’t challenged, you’ll get bored and move on. If you’re too challenged, you might not make it past the first week. Try to come in somewhere in the middle—maybe say something to the effect of, “It’s a comfortable stretch.” Another tip: Your answer will also give the employer a sense of whether you’re hoping for a just a little or a big increase in salary.
  6. Why do you want to leave your current position?
    Ah, the interviewer’s concerned about any problems that might pop up on your next job—especially since that might be with him. Be sure to use good judgment here. Don’t bad-mouth your current boss and don’t bring up anything negative. A safe approach is to say something like: “It’s time to move on in my career” or “I’m looking for a greater challenge.”
  7. Why did you leave your last job?
    Sounds like the interviewer wants to know if there are any underlying problems like: lack of commitment, difficult personality, poor performance, or anything that might lead to termination. Employers don’t want to take on someone who has a record of walking out on jobs or getting fired. No matter why you left your last job, couch your response in positive terms, without lying.
  8. Please explain why you have a gap in your employment history.
    With this question, the employer’s looking for any problems in your personal life that might become his headache if he hires you. Explain your gaps honestly, leaning on activities that support your job objective, if that’s possible. If you don’t have anything to say that’s relevant, then talk about activities that show your strength of character and helped you know what you really want to do next: the job you’re interviewing for.
  9. Of all the problems you had at your previous position, which was the hardest to deal with?
    What a sneaky question! “Of all the problems”… don’t fall for it. Don’t let on that you had lots of problems, even if you did. Instead, refer briefly to an area you—and probably the rest of the world—find challenging, and move right on to how you’ve learned to deal with it.
  10. What project required you to work under pressure? And what were the results?
    How you respond to this question will tell the interviewer whether or not you like working under pressure. Be honest and positive. All jobs bring with them a certain amount of pressure, but some have a lot more than others. So give an example where the level of pressure was just right for you, which will suggest how much pressure you’re looking for on your next job.
  11. What college experience are you especially proud of?
    If you haven’t been in the workforce long, this question is your opportunity to give balance to the fact that you don’t have much paid experience. Spotlight your academic and extracurricular achievements, especially the ones that are relevant to your job objective.
  12. What classes or training are you planning to pursue at this point?
    This one’s tricky. You want to look dedicated to developing your profession but you don’t want to appear to have so much going on that you won’t be 100 percent on the job. Make it clear that your number one priority is your job; developing your profession is second.

Guidelines for How to Write a Resume

August 14, 2014 by fresherssite | Comments | Filed in Freshers, Tips

Resume is the most important to get a call for an interview.  You’re a smart job seeker! You know your resume is a key part of getting a new job. That’s why you’re taking time to learn how to write a resume so you have the best one possible.resume

Key points that will serve as a compass as you go through each step of writing your resume.
Here are some guidelines for resume preparation:

  1. Check for spelling errors and grammatical mistake before you take a final copy of your resume as even a small error could cause an embarrassing situation for you.
  2. Remember to mention any awards or recognition earned by you during your academics.
  3. If you are a fresher than stress more on your education section and also mention other additional qualification in detail. Give a brief description about projects and extra-curricular activities undertaken by you.
  4. Include sections like languages known, hobbies and interests, extra-curricular activities, your positive points in brief.
  5. Remember to include the exact time spent in each company supported by dates. Also give dates of completing each degree.
  6. Having a photograph on your resume is a good idea. There is no hard-and-fast rule that a resume should or should not have a resume.
  7. Use good quality paper for your resume. After all you are describing your years of hard-earned education and experience. Always value yourself.
  8. Never send a badly duplicated photocopy of your resume. Even if you have to send a photocopy ideally use a good copier and executive bond paper or other similar quality.
  9. Always remember to put your mobile number; if possible give an alternate number.
  10. As a fresher, the section you should describe the most is your academics & any other workshops, internships, seminars etc. where you have gained more knowledge about the skills you are interested in. Ideally display the knowledge you have. All details should be point wise & easy to understand without spending too much time.
  11. Ideally restrict your resume to not more than one page. After all you should have some matter to talk about during your interview.
  12. Select a simple font with appropriate font size to give clarity and legibility to your precious CV.


7 tips to get in Campus Interview

August 14, 2014 by fresherssite | Comments | Filed in Interviews

Campus Interview is what one looks forward to with enthusiasm, fear and excitement towards the beginning of the final year .

 For some it’s a make or break, atleast that’s the way it’s looked at and for some it’s a matter of pride. The constant thought in one’s mind is – what shall make this click! What is it that the interviewer is looking in me!

Here’s what we look for when we visit the various campuses. This by no means is an exhaustive list but is a good indication of the expectations and the mean s to meet these. present you the 7-Commandments.

1. Know Thyself 

Not everyone is good in each and every field. Each one of us has our fortes and weaknesses too. But that’s not a stumbling block! What we look for are people who know their area of specialization and are an expert in it. Therefore, it pays to be a master in some fields if not the jack of all.

The most common mistakes many make is to profess knowing a field of which they know little about. Remember that huge and bulky resumes are as tough to read as they are to make. So, identify your skill set, and keep your resumes simple and straight. Know your limits and polish on your strengths.

2. Testing What You Know and NOT What You Don’t. 

Many interviewers may ask the student the subjects that she/he wishes to be interviewed upon. Eureka !! Here’s a golden opportunity. Answer this wisely! Never end up choosing a difficult subject that you know only little about, rather choose the one you are most confident of.

3. Rack Your Brain – Analyze 
The interview is not just limited to testing your knowledge base, but we are also interested in knowing your ability to apply it. Often questions that need to be solved then and there are asked. Now keep in mind – the right answer is not the only thing being looked at. The focus area is also the way in which you attack the problem i.e. approach to problem solving is equally important.

So, remember to put your thinking caps on!

4. Ask for Help!

Murphy chooses to strike at the appropriate time! In spite of the fact that you may know something very well, it might just slip your mind. After all, heavy preparation does takes its toll. Who better to ask for help than the poser of the question (of course, don’t try this too often!)!

Remember the interviewer is not there to grill the confidence out of you, but to bring forth the best in. Just in case you are stuck, ask for a hint. Things might just click. Also, stay alert for clues.

5. What are your biggest accomplishments You may like to begin your reply with: “Although I feel my biggest achievements are still ahead of me, I am proud of my involvement with……I made my contribution as part of that team and learnt a lot in the process”.

It will be a good idea to close your answer with also specifying what attributes and circumstances made you succeed.

6. Be Calm, have Clear Verbal and Sound Non-Verbal Communication Calmness shows emotional maturity. True, being calm in a job interview is a difficult proposition, but then that is where it is required! Calmness does not imply being unenthusiastic or apathetic during the interview, but knowing that you are nervous and not letting it come in the way. A clear verbal communication implies clarity of the thought process.

One should also watch out for the impressions made in non-verbal communication. Body language and facial expressions can assist you in establishing a good rapport with the interviewer. Pauses, silences and gestures may all indicate what you mean, understand, or would like to emphasize.

7. Two-Way Exchange Process

The interview process is a two-way exchange of information. Make sure you also understand about the company, its activities, job requirements. The company is in need for good candidates and you need a good company to launch your career.

Interview is an opportunity to present yourself and your skills to your best advantage. Make sure you make the most out of it. And YOU are the best one to do it!! wishes you all the best of luck in your Job Interview!