Interview questions that are typically asked of business management graduates during job interviews mainly focus on the candidate’s abilities to lead groups, work in a team, delegate tasks and other skills in management.
Although interviews cannot be prepared verbatim, there are a few questions that are repeated quite often. Preparing a few of these questions based on your own interests and skills will definitely increase your chances of landing your dream job a little easier.
Most of these questions are abstract and behavior-based, which helps the interviewer assess your underlying abilities as well as your ability to handle the job you are being interviewed for.
If you have a business management degree, check out these top job interview questions and how you can answer them:
Question 1: Tell us about yourself.
To respond: This is one of the most asked questions during an interview and it carries a lot of weight for your final selection. Although it seems trivial to prepare for something that seems so simple, it is still important that you practice this matter thoroughly.
Prepare a short and crisp answer to this question, because being prepared will ensure that you don’t ramble on about yourself to an awkward ending.
Your communication skills are mostly judged by the interviewer as you present your answer to this question. Focus on the course you took and your accomplishments and try to relate them to the job description you are interviewing for.
Question 2: Why are you interested in this position?
To respond: This is another frequently asked question. Through this question, investigators try to find the aspirants who really want to join them and those who are suitable for the job.
You need to provide tangible reasons for wanting the job in question and so you need to make sure you are familiar with the job description so that you can match your answers accordingly.
Remember one thing, recruiters will definitely not want someone who randomly comes in for interviews hoping to get into any company.
Question 3: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
To respond: This is a question that seems extremely harmless, but one that may cause you to dig a pit and throw yourself in it. So, prepare carefully. List the strengths you have that would benefit the job and the organization as a whole.
List three strengths you have that set you apart that you can also associate with work.
When listing your weaknesses, never tell the recruiter negative things about yourself. Always be sure to relate your weaknesses to an aspect that is, in fact, good for the job.
Question 4: How would your friends and teachers describe you?
To respond: Highlight your personal and professional attributes that will help indicate what kind of person you are as a student and as a classmate.
It would be better if you didn’t invent anything. Paint an accurate yet appealing picture of who you really are.
Question 5: What are your hobbies?
To respond: Interviewers often ask such questions to get insight into your personality and understand how you would fit into a work environment.
If you enjoy sports and other similar activities, be sure to mention that as it shows the interviewer that you are a team player and therefore will fit in well in a team working environment.
Of course, it doesn’t matter if you don’t play any sports. Just make sure you don’t lie about what you do as a hobby, because the interviewer probably has years of experience in their field and will be quick to pick up on your lie.
Question 6: What are your short and long term goals?
To respond: Prepare the answer to this question well because it shows your clarity of thought. Your short term goals should be practical, concrete and achievable while your long term goals should reflect your ambitions, passion and personality.
Question 7: Hypothetical questions
To respond: Business management graduates are asked many hypothetical questions related to leadership skills, time management skills, teamwork, conflict management skills, problem solving skills and other management skills.
These questions are asked so that the recruiter can assess your ability to perform in real-life situations and how you will deal with the challenges that will arise in your day-to-day activities.
Question 8: Why should we hire you for this job?
To respond: Blowing your own trumpet and doing it with tact is not an easy task, but it has to be done.
Do this with as much tact as possible and keep in mind that other students are being interviewed for the same job with the same qualifications as yours, so make sure your answer highlights your skills as a individual that sets you apart from others.
Question 9: What motivates you?
To respond: There is no right or wrong answer to this question as everyone’s answer will be different. But validate your answer with examples.
Question 10: Do you have any questions for us?
To respond: Most interviewers will ask this question at the end of the interview. Come prepared with some good questions to ask them. A few simple examples would be your growth prospects in the organization, their performance management system, etc.
Above are the most frequently asked questions during job interviews. However, remember that this is not an exhaustive list. You can also ask yourself completely different questions.
The key in such a scenario is trust. If you have a good knowledge of your field, have the right attitude and enough confidence in yourself, you can easily pass any interview.
As your educators, believe it is our responsibility to ensure that each of our students is well prepared for interviews with the right level of confidence instilled.
– Article by Dr. Kulneet Suri, Senior Director of Institute of Management Studies (IMS) Noida and Harvard University (HKS) Alumnus
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