Thursday, 27 October 2016

Most Difficult Interview questions for Externship and Internship

I am no career expert. But these seem like pretty interesting questions that I would like to share :)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Never say "I don't know". Employers want to see that you are someone who has personal goals and aspirations and that you have realistic plans for your life. They want to know your level of commitment in the career path you have undertaken and want to know how long you intend to stay in this particular career field.

What salary do you think you deserve?
In anticipation of this question, it is important for you to do a bit of background research on the market salary for your job. This sets a sort of dilemma  in which if you name a low figure, it might seem that you're too desperate for the position and employers might doubt your qualifications. If you state a high range, you might not get the job as compared to similarly qualified candidates. Tell your employers a realistic figure, slightly higher than the median, if you're really keen on the job, you can state that you are open to negotiation.

Why should I hire you?
List out your past performances and focus on your positive traits - qualities that differentiate you from the other candidates. You can provide examples on past projects and highlight your experience, hw you have encountered difficulties and overcome them. Let them know that you are the most suitable for the job.

What is your biggest weakness?
Never show yourself in negative light such that you will seem not suitable for the job. What you can do is to explain a weakness, and how you overcome it. Or else, turn your weakness into something positive. For example, you are a person with a high sense of responsibility and can get over committed when it comes to work.

What didn’t you like about your last job?
If you have a valid reason that would place you in favourable light. Go right ahead. If not, this seems like a good one.  “I did not feel my responsibilities were challenging enough.” This would definitely be the best reason for a job switch actually.

Disclaimer: This is a work for the sole purpose of an academic project. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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