Q 41: Why did you choose MCA and not MBA?
Description/purpose of the question: To check if you have specific goals, or just do something as others are also doing the same. Many people go for MCA when they see others opting for it, without even knowing the advantages properly. We should always take inputs from everywhere, but think properly and then take our own decision as per our convenience.
Common mistakes: ‘Sir, I chose MCA as I like computers’. Please elaborate your answer.
Sample answer: I believe that you should first identify your passion, continuously nurture your passion so that it becomes your strength, and finally choose a profession as per your passion and strength.
I was always interested in computers since my childhood, and wanted to make my career in the field of computers. I started preparing myself accordingly, and today I think I have all the qualities and skills that are needed to succeed in the professional world related to computer applications.
People often say that MBA is a better course than any other master degree, but I think that MCA also has its own advantages. If you pursue MCA you develop in-depth subject knowledge, and there are a lot of career options in the field of computer applications. On the other hand, MBA is all about managing business. I am not saying that I am not interested in managing business because after working in the field of computer applications for 2 to 3 years, I also would want to get promoted and get into the lead or managerial role, a MBA degree would be handy @ that time. So what I have planned is something like this, let me work for 2 to 3 years, do well in my current job-role, learn everyday from my supervisors, and after 2 to 3 years if I see that I should go for MBA in order to get promoted, I will surely pursue that course while I am working. Lastly the course fees of MBA is also more than MCA, so let me first be financially independent, and then as I said I can do it later on as well.
Q 42: What is the difference between hard and smart work?
Description/purpose of the question: To check your work ethic. Many people try to act smart by saying that smart people are smart workers, and foolish people are hard workers, but that is not what the interviewer expects. Remember, you first need to work hard so that you can learn everything about the product and process, and then you should try to get smarter by finding out better ways of doing things. No one can become smart without working hard.
Common mistakes: Just saying, ‘Sir, I believe in both’. Please give proper justifications.
Sample answer: I think the difference is being proactive and constantly thinking of better ways of doing things.
For example, once we were asked to complete a project within a very stringent timeline of a week. Upon analyzing, we identified that the same could not be completed even if everyone had stretched for a few hours. We all decided to go back to our lead, and explained him the reasons of getting an extension and all these were backed up with data. Had we not done that, we would have worked hard unnecessarily. So we should not always agree to our supervisors and clients, rather we should be assertive, present our own views so that our work becomes easier without compromising on quality, and redundant work is avoided.
However, at times even after analyzing we might not be able to find out the best ways of doing things, normally this happens when we are doing something for the very first time, and we end up working hard to meet the deadlines. After completing the work, we come up with the better ways that could have saved time, effort and money.
In these cases, I feel that the experience should be utilized later on to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated. As the saying goes, we should learn from someone else’s or our own mistakes and the faster we learn, the faster we get smarter and smarter.
Q 43: Do you like to take risks?
Description/purpose of the question: To check if you have the habit of challenging the conventional ways of doing things, or keep doing things in the conventional ways for years.
Common mistakes: ‘Sir, I take risks’. Please give examples.
Sample answer: I think whenever we try to do things in a different way; other people might call it a risk.
I am open to taking risks, but that does not mean that I would always tend to do anything and everything.
Before doing anything, one should always check the pros and cons of that activity, and then take the best possible decision even if that makes you come out of your comfort zone.
I think if we follow this approach of taking calculated risks, we can come up with creative ways of doing things, doing something that we like rather than just compromising, thereby making our professional life a lot better one.
Q 44: Why did you choose BCA as a subject, why Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University as a college and finally why our company to work for?
Description/purpose of the question: To check your decision making ability, and what all factors do you take into account before taking any decision.
Common mistakes: ‘ Sir, I chose BCA as I like computers, I chose Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University as I heard about it from my friends, I chose your company as I am a fresher, and I need a job and experience’. This is again a common response without properly explaining the different factors that should be considered before taking decisions.
Sample answer: As I have mentioned earlier, I believe that you should first identify your passion, continuously nurture your passion so that it becomes your strength, and finally choose a profession as per your passion and strength.
I was always interested in computers since my childhood, and wanted to make my career in the field of computers, hence I chose BCA as a subject.
Now before choosing any college, I think there are a few factors that should be considered. You should check its overall reputation, placement opportunities and course fees. I spoke to my teachers and seniors, and got a positive feedback about Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University from everyone. You get immense placement opportunities here, and the course fees are also quite affordable, well within the reach of us. I evaluated all these, and then decided that I should go for Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University as a college.
As I have mentioned earlier, success is a sum total of talent, hard work & opportunities. I have a passion towards computer applications; I have worked hard and developed myself, and today I think your company is giving me a platform to showcase my skills. This is indeed a great opportunity for me, hence I have chosen your company so that I can deliver, learn, grow and become successful.
Q 45: What will you do if we do not promote you after 3 years?
Description/purpose of the question: To check your stress management skills. Many of us have dreams of getting promotion after 2 to 3 years, and it becomes tough when this dream gets shattered inspite of doing every possible thing.Interviewer wants to check your mindset, and how you will come out of this situation if at all this happens to you.
Common mistakes: ‘Sir, I will leave the company’. That is a very easy solution, but there is no guarantee that you will not face the same issue in the next company.
Sample answer: Sir, as mentioned earlier, I have a long-term professional goal of getting promoted after 2 to 3 years depending on the company policies, and for that I have certain step goals that need to be fulfilled. In order to fulfill a long-term goal, you should continuously review your short-term goals, and see if you are achieving them, else you have to plan your actions in a different way. If we do not do this, then the long-term goal might not be achieved, and that might come as a shocker. People then start blaming their luck although they could have done something for a better output.
I think I should get promoted if I can learn all my roles and responsibilities, can deliver, can learn new things constantly, can become one of the top performers and get positive feedback from internal & external stakeholders.
However, if still I do not get promoted, I will get a little disheartened, but I will come back strongly. I will analyze the situation, there could be a possibility of not enough openings @ that time, or some areas that I need to improve upon further. I will take necessary feedback, work harder, and come back with a better performance so that I can get promoted in the next instance.