Q 21: Are you a leader or a follower?
Description/purpose of the question: To check your leadership skills
Common mistakes: ‘As I am a fresher, I will be a follower now, and later on I will become a leader’. Avoid such answers as even a fresher might have to show leadership skills if there is a requirement. Talk about the qualities that a leader and a follower should have and how you have displayed these qualities over a period of time.
Sample answer: I think all of us have leadership qualities in us. To become a leader you need to
Should have effective time and stress management skills
Should have effective coaching skills
Depending on situations, we might have to display one or more of these skills at some point or the other. At times when we are working under someone, we also need to respect the leadership under whom we are working. We can always present our views, discuss and negotiate in order to get the best solution, and should not blindly follow what the leader has to say. At the same time we should not be too rigid about not following something.
I think there should be a proper balance of the two in an individual, and all of us should act as leaders or followers whenever it is needed.
Q 22: If you get a better job after 6 months, what will you do?
Description/purpose of the question: To check if you have plans of building long-term relationships with the company or you would leave them very soon.
Common mistakes: ‘Sir, everyone looks for a better job, so I will switch if I get a better job’. This will be killer statement, and even if your entire interview might have gone well, this one liner can prevent you from getting this job as no company would want to hire people for a very short period of time.
Sample answer: I agree that all of us work for money, but at times we should prioritize other things like learning, growth, stability, rewards and work environment as they are also equally important. At times we run after short-term gains, but if we think wisely then we should always focus on long-term benefits. A hike in my salary might appear attractive initially, and people might get tempted to switch jobs, but there are a lot of negative factors associated with this movement.
First of all, this company is giving me a platform to exhibit my skills, & if I can do it properly, learn new things continuously in a fun-filled work environment; I can very well get promoted to the next level which is nothing but my long-term professional goal.
Secondly, if people here get recognized from time to time for their efforts & hard work, and if the work environment is a congenial one, I guess not many people would want to leave this place.
Thirdly, if I keep switching companies after every 6 months, then future companies will be reluctant to hire me as it will be question on my stability. Moreover, if I get this job, my next goal would be to get promoted as soon as possible. If I work in a company for 2 years, and I am able to showcase my skills, I am sure I will get a chance to get promoted. However, if I keep switching companies after every 3 or 4 months, I will have to join at the basic level and wait for more time to get promoted.
So I feel that as an employee, you should try to work for at least 2 to 3 years for a company, learn new things, explore all the possible growth opportunities, and if nothing works for you, then only you should decide to move on.
Q 23: When can you join us, how much salary are you expecting, & are you ready to relocate if required?
Description/purpose of the question: To check if you have gone through the job description, as all these answers would be there in the job description (JD).
Common mistakes: ‘Sir, it will be good if I am posted in Kolkata, and if you can give me Rs 25000/month’. At times students mention their location preferences & their desired salary even though the JD says that job location is PAN India & salary is Rs 15000 per month. Please go through the JD thoroughly, and answer as per the information given in JD.
Sample answer: ‘Sir, I have gone through the JD, and I am ok with immediate joining, ok with the salary that you have offered and with relocation’.
In today’s age of globalization, if we restrict our choices to our hometown, then we will miss out on various learning & growth opportunities. People who accept these opportunities eventually grow up and I think it is also all about your priority. Currently my priority is ‘to make my career’, and I am mentally prepared to go to any place, start working with dedication and become successful in my career.
Q 24: Do you have any questions for me?
Description/purpose of the question: This is possibly the last question that is asked in an interview. Many interviewers ask this as a formality, but many of them ask this question to check your curiosity about the company. (Are you happy with the information shared, or do you want to know more.) Please do not ask any question that is clearly mentioned in the JD as that shows your lack of preparation.
Common mistakes: ‘No sir, I do not’. It is not a very good idea to say no to this question.
Sample answer: I would like to know about the learning and development opportunities, growth, a day in the current job role, training journey, rewards and recognitions, different clients that we cater to, your journey in the company so far, some success stories of freshers like us so that we can get motivated.(“Ask any 2 questions”)
Q 25: Are you a team player?
Description/purpose of the question: All companies want team players these days as you not only have to work within a team but also along with many other team members of different teams.
Common mistakes: ‘Yes’. Please avoid a one word answer like this as it irritates the interviewer. You should explain what a team player means, and what should he ideally do, and how you have displayed your skills as a team player in your college life. Please do not talk about football and cricket as that will not have any relevance with the job, rather please talk about project work and industrial training where you were a part of a team.
Sample answer: I am a team player, and there have many instances in my life where I have got a chance to learn and display my skills as a team player.
Talk about your project, and what were your learnings from it. For example (“Last year I had to complete a project within stringent timelines. Initially it appeared to be difficult, but with everybody’s support we started getting confidence, and were able to complete it on time. I learnt the importance of team work, best practice sharing and to be more proactive. I learnt that you should always highlight issues that might be a hindrance to timely project completion immediately, and walk up to your supervisors not with problems but with solutions.
I have also learnt empathy from team work. (Empathy means putting yourself in some other person’s shoes, explain it with an example.)