Personal Interview

A personal interview refer to a type of interview after clearing the technical interview. In personal interview an individual meets one on one with a hiring manager (or human resources personnel). The Personal Interview may be the most difficult part of any selection procedure or the most easy. After clearing the technical barriers its time to face an exam where you cannot revise your answers or leave them for later – the Personal interview.

Personal Interview Questions

Tell me something about your self. 
Why does this role interest you? Or why have you applied for this job? 
Why do you think should we take you for this job? 
What motivates you at work? 
Why do you want to leave your present job or why did you leave your last job? 
What is your greatest strength? 
What is your greatest weakness? 
What is your greatest achievement? 
Are you ambitious? 
What qualities would you look for, if you were recruiting someone for this position? 
Are you speaking to some other companies? Or how is your job search going on? 
Which companies are you talking to? 
Are you ready to relocate? 
You have stayed for a long time with your last company-Why? 
You have switched many jobs-why? 
What was your biggest mistake? 
Why haven’t you got a job yet? 
You do not have all the experience we are seeking for this position. 
Why do you want to quit your present job? 
Have you ever made a mistake at work? How did you rectify it? 
What major problems did you face in your last role? 
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 
How do you feel about doing repetitive work? 
How did you manage to attend this interview during your working hours? 
Would you like to work in a team or on your own? 
Has your career developed as you had liked? 
Has your career developed as you had liked? 
What would you do if your team ceased to perform? 
Would you take up this job if we offered it to you? 
Your expected salary? 
What will you do if you are offered a job with a salary higher than this? 
Do you want to ask us something about the company?

Quick tips to answer the personal interview questions

As you go for a personal interview, always expect the question “Tell us something about yourself”. Go prepared to answer it. 
Understand the requirements of the role properly and keep your answer ready for “Why does this role interest you?” 

To judge your stability in the personal interview, the interviewer might ask a direct question like “Why do you think should we take you?” Go prepared to answer it. 

Prepare your answer to the question the interviewer might ask about your strengths and weaknesses in the interview. Take the word weaknesses as liberally as possible. 

Analyze the qualities that you required to achieve something big. Talk your latest achievement in the interview. When asked about mistakes, mention the one from long past. 

Never approach the interviewer as a “Job Beggar”. Go as a “Problem Solver”. Answer in positive when you are asked if you are speaking to some other companies for your job search. 

Show your flexible attitude during the personal interview. This can be done by being open to relocation. 

If you have stayed in your last job for too long or have switched the jobs very frequently, have an answer ready to the queries that might appear during the personal interview. 

Demonstrate the keenness to learn if you do not have all the required experience. 

Never talk bad about your last jobs or employers. 

Sound ambitious but stable. 

Sound like a team player but be open to take the autonomous responsibilities. 

Don’t jump on the salary in the initial part of the interview. Let the interviewer take it out first. 

Study about the company before you go for the interview. Ask intelligent questions when give a chance to ask questions to interviewers. 

Stay confident, composed and calm during the interview. 

Some more tips and tricks to help you perform your best in any interview.

1. Be confident: the key of a successful interview is confidence. If you believe that you are the right person for the job/course and are confident then it's likely that your interviewer will believe that too.

2. To improve your confidence talk more, you can practice by facing the mirror and talking. Talk about yourself, your dreams and your strengths. Focus on speaking fluently without stumbling or fidgeting.

3. It's essential that whichever language you speak in, you should have a good command over the language. Brush up some basic grammar rules.

4. Listen to news in the language you will be using during the exam. This will help you remember correct pronunciations and improve your flow of language.

5. Remember that while it's good to talk eloquently you should not ramble on. Speak clearly and concisely, so you express your thoughts in the best way possible.

6. Know your resume inside out: you should know everything about your resume as anything may be asked, your previous education, extra-curricular activities, awards, projects etc. You should be able to confidently speak about each point on your resume.

7. Remember to maintain eye contact with the interviewer.

8. Research the organization before your interview and prepare at least 2-3 questions that you will ask the interviewer about the job/course/organization. This shows your genuine interest in the role.

9. Practice positive body language. Even if the interviewer hasn't actively studied body language he/she will still pick up general signs. Remember not to fidget, stand still and relaxed and while sitting sit casually.

10. Try planning your answers to a few questions that you know will definitely come, such as: Why are you interested in this course/job/field? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why do you think you should be selected for this role/course? Do not write out any answers but jot down a few important points that you need to remember for the answers and based on the points speak impromptu.

11. Before the interview practice with a friend/relative and record your answers. You will be able to listen/see where you fumble and where you need to improve.

12. Focus on speaking positively and avoiding negativity. This gives a more positive effect of your interview and will more likely get you a positive response.

13. Be professional while you speak, avoid petty conversations, complaining, blaming or trying to seek pity.

14. Be polite and calm. Showing anger is definitely not a good idea.

15. Include your technical knowledge wherever applicable, this shows you are proactive and pay attention to studies.

16. On the day of the interview make sure you are properly dressed in formal attire, are carrying copies of your resume (and relevant certificates as required) in proper case, are well rested and fresh.

17. Remember to reach the venue early and arrive for the interview on time.

There is no syllabus on interview preparation and no notes. You won't be given answer sheets or time to revise. What you will have however is a clean slate to express yourself. Your power lies in your ability of expression: how you talk, move, respond, dress, carry yourself and how you answer questions. Be calm, cool and confident and you will definitely get good marks! All the Best!


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