20 Common Behavioural/Non-technical Questions Asked in Interviews

If you analyse the preparation of job aspirants these days, you will see that most of them focus on the technical side of things. For example, a Computer Science student who wants to enter the software industry is practicing problems from “Cracking the Coding Interview”. That’s perfectly okay, but an interview is not only about technical questions.

A lot of behavioural questions come your way too, and some companies have separate HR rounds altogether. So make sure you do not ignore them.

Here’s a list of a few common behavioural or non-technical interview questions that are asked very frequently in interviews along with a few words on how you can go about answering them :

Q1:Why are leaving your current position?

You can explain about how monotonous life has become and how you are not being given any opportunity to work on newer technologies that you are interested in, despite having the necessary qualifications. However, never speak about the fact that you are dissatisfied with the salary, this may go against you.

Q2.What do you like or dislike the most about your current company?

Always start about the positives, companies do not like candidates who whine about the negatives. After speaking about the positives, speak about the other side of the coins. Conclude on a positive note once again, speaking about how there’s a silver lining even in dark clouds!

Q3.How do you handle pressure?

Speak about your time management skills, about the fact that you are not a clock-watcher. If you have managed an emergency situation previously, speak of it too.

Q4.What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Again, speak about your strengths and simultaneously add a weakness in between. Do not go on about your strengths constantly, and the same goes for the weaknesses. This questions is a trick question, so do act smartly.

Q5.Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

This is again a question that tries to analyse whether you at all visualise yourself in the domain that you have applied for. Make sure you always speak about staying in the domain that you’ve applied for.

Q6.Give me an example of time you showed the initiative and took the lead.

You may speak of how well you reacted when there was some crisis in your college days, or in your previous company. Narrate it well and at the same time keep it short, because time is a premium in interviews.

Q7.What past accomplishments gave you satisfaction?

Speak of something that you have accomplished in the domain that you have applied for. It maybe something as simple as “Performer of the Week”, or a certificate from your previous employer. But make sure, it is relevant to the post that you have applied for.

Q8.Tell me about difficult decision you made last year.

You can speak of anything related to your professional career. Do not speak of financial and family issues when you answer this, they are least interested in those.

Q9.What has been your experience in giving presentation to large groups(50 people)?

Speak of the highs, and how you focus on the presentation instead of concentrating on the number. Also ensure that you are not nervous throughout the interview, because otherwise they might think you are faking it completely.

Q10.Give me an example where you motivated others?

This is something that depends totally on you. Maybe you have motivated your brother to study harder so that he can beat you, or you may have motivated a colleague to push his limits so that he can compete for a promotion. However, keep it as brief as possible.

Q11.What is your Objective? Please explain.

Prepare for this question because whatever may be the post you have applied for, chances are that this question will be asked. So prepare a clear, crisp and precise answer beforehand so that you do not falter about it when this is asked for.

Q12.What are your hobbies and how do you manage time for it?

Speak about your hobbies, and explain how they help you to rejuvenate and refresh your mind after a boring and tiring day at the office. You can also say that this gives you and your friends a chance to reunite every week i.e. it helps in balancing professional life with social life which is very important.

Q13.What is important to be a team player or an individual one?

If you answer any one, you would be wrong and at the same time dishonest, because nobody can be a total team player or totally selfish. Everyone is balanced, and as the time and situation demands, everyone has to adapt accordingly.
This is exactly what they want to hear from you, and just say this in a much more polished and humble manner.

Q14.What is one special quality which your friends see in you and appreciates you for that?

Hardworking, honesty, good at managing time – these are some of the ideas. However, there might be something else as well, that is very much needed in professional life and you possess that quality which makes other envious – you are absolutely free to speak about them as well. Just make sure, they are relevant to professional life!

Q15.What is your USP (unique selling proposition (USP) or unique selling point)?

This will vary from person to person and also from position to position. For example, for software engineers, his best USP might be his ability to finish projects within a stipulated time period leaving time for the rest of the team to review it and solve bugs or any related issues to it.

Similarly, for other posts it might be something different. Think about this one!

Q16.Who is an inspiring person for you and why?

Now, answering this one may seem a breeze, till the next question follows – “Why?”
So, you see, just naming a person won’t be enough. Make sure you know him well enough so that you can highlight all the positive aspects and explain how it inspires you to better yourself everyday. That’s what they want to know.

Q17.What are your expectations from your job?

Speak about adding value to the company, learning new things from mentors and the exciting work culture they have.
Never speak about financial expectations until and unless they specifically ask you something related to it.

Q18.What do you like about our Company?

Make sure you do some good research on the company before you face the panelists. If you do not know much about the company and what they do, they might get turned off.

Q19.“Boss is always right”- Agree or Disagree?

Answer this politely and diplomatically. Do not say a particular answer. Think of clever ways to get rid of this question as soon as possible without saying much. This is a trick question, and different panelists respond differently to these questions. This is one bouncer you would love to duck!

Q20.What are your short term and long term goals?

The interviewers want to know about how clear you are regarding your life aims. Make sure you are clear about these too!

These are a few behavioural questions, that will help you surely in interviews! All the best from CareerHunt!

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