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MBA HR Freshers Interview Questions

1. Tell me something about yourself?

This is the most common and very first question usually asked in any interview. When you answer this question you usually have to tell about the following:

Educational Qualifications: When you talk about educational qualifications, don't talk about percentages unless they are very good. If you have made any achievements like topping college academics or secured a gold medal make sure you tell about it.

Family Background: Donot spend too much of time here. Let the interviewer know your father's and mother's profession and how many siblings you have.

Hobbies/Interests: This is very important section and be prepared for follow up questions. If you say my hobby is reading books. Interviewer might ask a followup question like, what type of books you usually read. If you say I read fiction books. The interviewer might ask you, Who is your favourite author. So be very careful when you are making up hobbies. It is better if your hobbies add value for the type of job you are doing. For example if you are going for a software engineer interview, you can say browsing internet as one of the hobby. If a software engineer has good browsing skills he might find solutions online quickly and solve the problem at hand in less time. When you say browing as one of your hobby, be prepared for the follow up interview questions like, What do you usually browse on the internet? What is your favourite website? Who is your favourite technical article?

Strengths: Tell interviewer about your strengths with example. Examples of strengths are listed below. Make sure you back up each strength with an example from your past experience.

  • Hard Working in nature.
  • Dedication.
  • Commitment.
  • Good Team player.
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Taking Initiatives
  • Beging Pro-active
  • Design Skills
  • Weakness: When ever you say you have a weakness, make sure you also have a plan and working on it to over come your weakness.
  • Too invloved : Some times when there is a technical issue or a problem I tend to work continuously until I fix it without having a break. But what I have noticed and am trying to practice is that taking a break away from the problem and thinking outside the square or taking suggestions will assist you in identifying the root cause of the problem sooner. 

    Over confident : Very rarely I become over confident, especially when a simple task is given, I get to solving the issue without spending much time planning. So I am working on applying the 80/20 principle of planning and implementation. Spend 80% of my effort and time in planning and 20% on implementation.

    Why should we hire you?

    This is another common question asked in your interview. This question deals with your ability to market yourself with the experience and skills you have.
    The interviewer is asking this question to find out how can your skills and experience be a value add for the job you are being interviewed for.

    Answers that would get the interviewer's attention:

    • I have three years of experience in this technology and my skills enables me to develop better products in less time
    • I have what it takes to fill the requirements of this job - solve customer problems using my excellent customer service skills.
    • I have the experience and expertise in the area of customer support that is required in this position.

    This is a time to let the interviewer know what YOU can do for them and why they should listen to what you have to offer. The more detail you give the stronger your answer will be. This is not a time to talk about what you want. It is a time to summarize your accomplishments and relate what makes you unique and therefore a viable fit for this position.

    Look at the job description. Find out requirements of the job? Make a list of these requirements. List your skills and think of two or three key qualities you have to offer that match each requirement that the employer is seeking.

    Other ways of asking the same question:

    • What can you bring to this position?
    • What can you bring to the table if selected?
    • Why do you think you are qualified for this job?

    1. How do you handle pressure?

    So do not say anything like:

    I dislike stress and cannot perform well under pressure. All organisations work with deadlines and at times there will be a crucial need to work under pressure. This is the reason why most interviewer's ask this question.

    It is safe to say:

    First, I understand why there is a need to complete the given task at hand with in so less time and react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn't become stressful.

    I actually work better under pressure and I've found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment.

    Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done when, has helped me effectively manage pressure on the job.

    If the people I am managing are contributing to my stress level, I discuss options for better handling difficult situations with them.

    2. List 2-3 of your greatest achievements since you've been in college and why? Receiving the SWE Outstanding Member Award and College of Engineering Student Service Award.

    I got involved with student activities to overcome my debilitating shyness. Receiving these awards signified that I had accomplished a transition from dragging myself to participate to feeling energized by it.

    3. Which subjects have you enjoyed studying the most and why?

    I have enjoyed hydrology, fluids, solid & hazardous waste management, water and wastewater treatment, and oceanography because I love water and environmental topics.

    Calculus and linear algebra excite me because I love logic.

    I enjoyed the writing and analysis in economic history.

    Business law thrilled me because I have a strong interest in legal matters.

    4. Which subjects did you dislike and why?

    Introductory soil elicited little interest in me, most likely because the professor was inexperienced, the book was ineffective, and I had little spare time that semester to look into other resources.

    5. Do you have plans to continue your education?

    Yes, but not immediately. I plan to continue part time with either an MBA or an environmental engineering masters, depending on which will be more beneficial to my work.

    6. How would a professor who knows you well describe you? One who does not know you well?

    A professor who knows me well would likely describe my personal qualities: sweet, down-to-earth, smart, hard-working, and conscientious.

    As specific examples of those who did not know me well, my soils professor and soils teaching assistant each considered me smart and respectful, and both thought that I must have enjoyed the class a lot, due to my performance.

    7. Given the chance, how would you alter your education?

    Knowing now what I like the most, I would have used my electives for extra math and psychology classes, since I tend to be well-rounded enough that a variety of classes are unnecessary; my personal reading is diverse enough. I have found that mathematics and psychology are helpful to all career and life paths.

    8. Which part-time job did you enjoy the most and why?

    Working for PM Environmental was most enjoyable to me, since I felt like I was significantly contributing to the company, and I enjoyed learning on my own.

    9. Interests:
    Some of my interests include dogs, hiking, snow-shoeing, water sports, writing, reading (especially Charles Dickens' novels), skiing, drawing, crafts, and computers.
    10. What are your strengths?

    My strongest strength is the ability to teach myself difficult material, regardless of the subject (with the exception of theater and drawing blood from dogs, which I have no talent for). Additionally, I have always excelled verbally and look forward to writing opportunities.

    11. What are your weaknesses?

    I tend to try to do too many things, leaving little time for myself. I have worked on balancing myself for the last several months. I am also working on improving my public speaking skills.
    12. What sort of serious problems have you experienced, and how have you handled them?

    My apartment building burned down at the end of January during one of my semesters at MSU. Before the fire got too bad, I was able to rescue my pets and the neighbor's dog, as well as my textbooks and backpack, but I lost most of my mementos and possessions. While the firemen were preparing their hoses, I drove to school (with the animals in the car) to meet my lab partners, who were waiting for me. I explained the situation, emailed my professors, and rushed back to the apartment.

    Fortunately, I had renter's insurance. I missed about a week of school to deal with the insurance matters and find a new place to live. In order to salvage my grades and sanity, I dropped a course and honored my existing student group and research commitments. Staying active socially and keeping myself well-rounded were the best healing tools for me. Within a few weeks, I was caught up and had recovered reasonably from the loss of sentimental items.
    13. Do you or have you in the past experimented with illegal drugs?

    No. My only addictions are caffeine and sugar.

    14. Would you be willing to take a drug test?
    Of course.

    15. Do you drink alcohol socially?
    No, but I enjoy Shirley Temples quite a bit.