Kindly tell us about the company you worked for and your job profile?
This is the part of an interview where candidates are not able to impress their
interviewer. It has been often noted that people appearing for interviews often fumble
when it comes to answering questions with regards to their previous work experience.
Don’t do this with yourself and do ensure that you have all the relevant information about
your previous organization. Even if you had not been familiar with the history of your
preceding employer positively, do the research required. Always present a positive
picture ofyour previous organization. It does matter if you completely disliked your job.
Keep this bit of information to yourself.
What do you think of your current / last boss?
Short, sweet and shut up. People who complain about their employers are recognised as the same people who cause the most disruption in the department. Being asked this question means the interviewer has no desire to take on trouble.
I liked her as a person, respected her professionally and appreciated her guidance.
This question is often followed by one that tries to validate your answer.
Why do you want to leave your current job?
Why did you leave your last job?
This is a common trick question. You should have an acceptable reason for leaving every
job you have held but, if you don’t, pick one of the six acceptable reasons from the
employment industry formula, the acronym for which is CLAMPS.
C is for challenge. You weren’t able to grow professionally in that position.
L is for location. The journey was unreasonably long.
A is for advancement. There was nowhere for you to go. You had the talent. But there were too many people ahead of you.
M is for money. You were underpaid for your skills and contribution.
P is for pride or prestige. You wanted to be with a better company.
S is for security. The company was not stable.
My last company was a family-owned affair. I had gone as far as I was able. It just seemed time for me to join a more prestigious company and accept greater challenges.
What were the most and least rewarding things about your previous job?
While answering this question, make sure that you only talk about the rewards and how
you got the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. Never talk about how you hated your previous job and please don’t start counting the negatives and making fun of the previous employer. At the end of the day, you do not want to be known as a pessimist and an unthankful person. Rather, you should be evaluated as an achiever who only sees the positive things of his workplace.