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Some Interview questions on simple I Q

 Some Interview questions


Question 1:

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night,
it’s raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see
three people waiting for a bus:

An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
An old friend who once saved your life.
The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that
there could only be one passenger in your car?

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of
a job application.

* You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus
you should save her first;
* or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and
this would be the perfect chance to ! pay him back.
* However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble
coming up with his answer. Guess what was his answer?

He simply answered:

“I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the lady
to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the
partner of my dreams.”

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought
limitations. Never forget toThink Outside of the Box.”

Question 2:

What will you do if I run away with your sister?

The candidate who was selected answered

I will not get a better match for my sister than you sir

          Question 3:

Interviewer (to a student girl candidate) –

What is one morning you woke up found that you were pregnant.

GirlI will be very excited and take an off, to celebrate with my husband.

Normally an unmarried girl will be shocked to hear this, but she managed it well. Why I should think it in the wrong way, she said later when asked

                Question 4:

Interviewer: He ordered a cup of coffee for the candidate. Coffee arrived kept before the candidate, then he asked what is before you?

Candidate: Instantly replied “Tea

He got selected.

You know how and why did he say “TEA” when he knows very well that coffee was kept before.


The question was “What is before you (U – alphabet)
Reply was “TEA” ( T – alphabet)

Alphabet “T” was before Alphabet “U

         Question 6:

The interviewer asked to the candidate “This is your last question of the interview. Please tell me the exact position of the
center of this table where u have kept your files.

Candidate confidently put one of his finger at some point at the table and told that this was the central point at the table. Interviewer asked how did u get to know that this being the central point of this
table, then he answers quickly that sir u r not likely to ask any more question, as it was the last question that u promised to ask…..

And hence, he was selected as because of his quick-wittedness. ……..

This is What Interviewer expects from the Interviewee. ….


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First impression

The first impression

The interview begins the moment you step into the room even if no questions have been asked.

Everyone gets a first glimpse of you and immediately, a first impression is formed.

Here are some common positive and negative comments after meeting a candidate:

“I think she forgot to iron her shirt!”

“Is he auditioning for Malaysian Idol? I thought we were looking for an accounts executive, not a rock star.”

“She looks so worried! I’m worried if she can do the job.”

“He looks friendlier in person. He looks so serious in his photo.”

“She looks so confident. I like her.”

Some of the comments may seem unkind but that’s the reality of first impressions.

Put your best foot forward by appearing friendly, calm and confident.

Remember: smile and sit up straight!

The interview

Before going to the most important part of the interview, the interviewer(s) would introduce themselves and their roles in the organisation.

Then, they will ask a few questions to put you at ease:

“Have you had your lunch?”

“So … you’re from Penang. What are your favourite hawker foods?”

“How did you come here? Could you easily find our office?”

“You have such an unusual name. Is it a Malay name?”

Relax and answer the questions as briefly and as best as you can.

Even if these are casual questions, take note that the interviewer(s) are evaluating you and your answers.

Now is not the time to share your gastroenteritis problem or your dislike for hawker food (unless you can recommend other appetising alternatives).

Questions and answers

After the introductions, the interview will begin in full swing.

The interview is your chance to demonstrate how capable, intelligent and dedicated you are while the interviewers want to see if you’re a good fit or representative for their organisation.

Most of the questions will seek to discover your abilities, past experiences and your approach to people, tasks, responsibilities and most importantly, dealing with difficult situations.

Interview questions can be neutral:

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. What do you know about us?

3. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?

4. Who has influenced your life and why?

They can also be questions inviting positive answers:

5. Why do you think you are the right candidate for this position or scholarship?

6. Tell us about a personal achievement that makes you proud.

7. What are your strengths?

But they can also be questions inviting negative answers:

8. What are your weaknesses?

9. Tell us about a mistake that you made and what you learned from it.

10. It’s very difficult to work with different types of people. Describe an experience where you had a conflict with someone and the results of the situation.

It’s easy to look your best when you answer the neutral and positive questions but the negative questions can be the deciding factor that differentiates you from the rest.

More and more organisations are looking for people who can handle both pleasant and painful situations.

Be prepared for such questions and think it through before you give your best answer of how you positively handled that prickly situation.

Don’t forget to dazzle them with your charming personality – show them that friendly, kind or funny person your family and friends know you as.

One vs many

The one-to-one interview is still quite common but the more popular practice is the panel interview.

Even if you are expecting a one-to-one interview, be prepared to speak with a group of three or even five people.

Remembered your manners and greeted each person individually.

Remember each person’s name and looked at everyone when I answered their questions.

You may also be interviewed in groups of three or four by a panel of interviewers.

The final flourish

The interviewer or interviewers will signal the end of the interview by asking if you have any questions.

Remember to thank the interviewers for their time and follow up with a phone call or an e-mail to find out the outcome of the discussion.

All the best!



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Questions for Scholarship Interview

Sample Scholarship Interview Questions

General questions & plans for the future
♦  How did you become interested in your major?
♦  What influenced your choice of this major?
♦  How did you become interested in your focus area?
♦  Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where? What have you learned in your travels?
♦  What are your educational/academic goals? What are your future career plans? How do you plan to use your studies to achieve your future career plans?
♦  What would you do if you didn’t receive the fellowship?
♦  What do you envision yourself doing in 10 years?
♦  What will you do with your degree in the long run?
♦  Why will this scholarship help you in your career goals?

Research/Topics in your field–Be prepared to talk about your work and that of others
♦  I saw in your application that you intent to ______. Can you give us some examples, outside of your own research, of some successful studies in this field?
♦  Can you explain exactly what techniques or methods your propose to use in your research?
♦  What do you think will be the big thing happening in your field in the next ten years?
♦  Tell me about your honors thesis topic and describe the research methods you propose to use in your research. 
♦  Is there anyone you would specifically like to work with?

Current events or hot political topics–Read a good newspaper; listen to opinion discussion shows.
♦  Do you think everyone in Malaysia deserves healthcare? How should we provide healthcare to the poor? How specifically can we encourage private industry to participate?
♦  I recently read about ______. What can you tell me about this?
♦  What do you think is the big thing happening in ______ in the next ten years? 
♦  Do you think that a financially powerful nation could effectively alter the cultural norms of another nation?
♦  What are your thoughts on US interventionism?
♦  You have one minute to tell the Prime Minister of India how to end religious violence. What do you say?
♦  What should the U.S. do about the War on Terrorism?
♦  Do you believe in state sponsored assassinations, and if not, what about in the case of Hitler?
♦  Welfare reform seems like a good thing. Lots of poor people are working now, when they weren’t before. What do you think?
♦  Name what you think are the top five diplomatic achievements in the past decade. 
♦  What is the biggest change you would make in government to improve? 
♦  If a patient with late stage Alzheimer’s had written a document requesting that his life no longer be supported, what would you do?
♦  Explain the importance of basic science (or some other topic) as if you were talking to a group of lawmakers.
♦  What can you tell me about globalization (or AIDS, unilateralism/multilateralism, U.S. foreign policy, etc.)?
♦  If there is an attack on the embassy where you’re serving, what would be your plan of action?
♦  The ambassador asks you to write a cable about human rights in country X. How would you go about completing this task?

Questions about a student’s choice of university and degree choice
♦  What graduate schools/programs have you been accepted into?
♦  Why do you want to do postgraduate study now, as opposed to in two or three years?
♦  Is there anyone that you are specifically looking forward to working with?
♦  You say you want to study for a PhD in X, yet your university does not have  department of X. How are you qualified for this?
♦  You say you want to study for a PhD in X, yet the majority of your preparation is in Y. How are you qualified?
Questions about your personality or how you spend your time
♦  What do you do for fun when you’re not studying, doing research, or performing community service?
♦  I see you’ve accomplished some amazing things in your short life. In what areas do you think you can improve?
♦  I see you’ve done a lot of community service. Which service project are you most proud of and why?
♦  I also assume you’ve been involved in some leadership experiences. Please describe your most meaningful leadership experience and explain why it was most meaningful.
♦  What kind of music do you listen to?
♦  What is a novel or book that you’ve read for pleasure recently and like, and why did you like it?
♦  How would you define life? And what is your position on abortion? What is more important–someone agreeing with you on these issues or someone figuring out their own stance on these issues?
♦  What is your “Top 5 ” list for the following? Favorite novels, favorite non-fiction books, favorite movies, favorite contemporary political leaders, favorite historical political leaders.
♦  What would you do if you won a billion dollars in the lottery?
♦  You have a strong desire to give back to the world. Where does this desire come from? Your family, religion or somewhere else?
♦  If someone was writing your obituary, what would you want it to say, and what work of literature would it quote?
♦  What is your philosophy on service that keeps you dedicated to it?

They may give you an opportunity to say whatever you want, so be ready.
♦  Do you have anything else to add?
♦  Why should you be one of the 10 people to get this scholarship?

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Things to avoid during interviews

Things to Avoid during an interview

Don’t …

  • Be late

  • Memorize speeches—sound natural and conversational

  • Chew gum

  • Wear lots of cologne or perfume

  • Swear or use too much slang

  • Be arrogant—there’s a fine line between being confident and boasting

  • Lie—it will come back to haunt you

  • Respond with only yes or no answers

  • Be rude to the receptionist or any other staff you meet

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On Interview day

On the Interview day

1.  Non-verbal Messages: Non-verbal language speaks larger than words. As you walk in the interview room, here are a few things that you must keep in mind:
Start it off like a winner.

  • The handshake: Offer your hand, and give a firm handshake, a pleasant smile and a positive and confident attitude. Introduce yourself.

  • Posture: Stand and sit erect

  • Don’t Fidget: There is nothing worse than people playing with their hair, clicking pen tops, tapping feet or unconsciously touching parts of the body.

  • Eye Contact: Look the interviewer in the eye

  • Move your hands: Gesturing or talking with your hands is very natural, but keep it in moderation.

2.  Be comfortable. Take a seat facing the interviewer, however, slightly off center. Be sure that you are in a comfortable position

3.  Listen attentively. Look at the interviewer directly, but don’t get into a stare down! Sit up straight. Try to relax. It’s okay to take a few notes if the questions are lengthy, or you need to remind yourself of something you want to stress

4.  Avoid nervous mannerisms. Pay attention to nervous mannerisms. Everyone is nervous to some extent, the key is to appear calm and composed

5.  Speak clearly. Use good grammar and a friendly tone. Never answer just “yes” or “no” to a question. Always clarify, expand on your answers. Be sure not to go on rambling

6.  Be positive and enthusiastic.Pump up your enthusiasm prior to the interview. Never whine, gripe or complain about past employers, jobs, classes etc

7.  Ask pertinent questions. Be prepared to ask a few questions. Do not monopolize the interviewer’s time, particularly if you know they have appointments scheduled following your interview. Do ask thoughtful questions. Don’t ask about salary and benefits, this can be discussed when the company is definitely interested in you

8.  While giving answers to questions:

  • Be Concise: Listen to the questions carefully and answer to the point. An interviewee rambling on is likely to turn off the interviewer.

  • Provide Examples: Support your contentions with examples. Think of recent strong strategic examples of work you’ve done, then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities.

  • Be Honest: It is always better to state the truth than beating about the bush. If you don’t know something then state the fact.

  • Keep Your Guard Up: Always maintain your professionalism. Don’t get swayed by the friendly behaviour of the interviewer and disclose everything. For all you know it might be a trap laid out by him.


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Who is In charge?

The Colonoscopy

All the organs of the body were having a meeting,
trying to decide who was the one in charge.
“I should be in charge,” said the brain,
“Because I run all the body’s systems, so without me nothing would happen.”
“I should be in charge,” said the blood ,
“because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you’d all waste away.”
“I should be in charge,” said the stomach ,
“because I process food and give all of you energy.”
“I should be in charge,” said the legs,
“because I carry the body wherever it needs to go.”
“I should be in charge,” said the eyes,
“Because I allow the body to see where it goes.”
“I should be in charge,” said the rectum,
“Because I’m responsible for waste removal.”
All the other body parts laughed at the rectum
and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight.
Within a few days,
the brain had a terrible headache,
the stomach was bloated,
the legs got wobbly,
the eyes got watery,
and the blood was toxic.
They all decided that the rectum should be the boss.
Moral of the story.
The ass hole is usually the one in charge!

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Update your skills

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought 15 trees.

“Congratulations, “the boss said, “Carry on with your work!”

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring 7 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength,” the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“Sharpen?” I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees….”

Most of us NEVER update our skills. We think that whatever we have learned is very much enough. But good is not good when better is expected. Sharpening our skills from time to time is the key of success.

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The Perfect Boss

This is the story of “The Perfect Boss”

There were about 70 scientists working on a very hectic
project. All of them were really frustrated due to the pressure of work and the demands of their boss but everyone were loyal to him and did not think of quitting the job.

One day, one scientist came to his boss and told him – Sir, I have promised to my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township. So I want to leave the office at 5:30 pm. His boss replied “OK, You’re permitted to leave the office early today”.

The Scientist started working. He continued his work after lunch. As usual he got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch when he felt he was close to completion. The time was 8.30 PM.

Suddenly he remembered of the promise he had given to his children.

He looked for his boss, he was not there. Having told him in the morning itself, he closed everything and left for home. Deep within himself, he was feeling guilty for having disappointed his children. He reached home. Children were not there.

His wife alone was sitting in the hall and reading magazines. The situation was explosive; any talk would boomerang on him. His wife asked him, “Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry.

The man replied “If you would like to have coffee, I too will have but what about Children?”

Wife replied “You don’t know? Your manager came here at 5.15 PM and has taken the children to the exhibition”

What had really happened was … The boss who granted him permission was observing him working seriously at 5.00 PM. He thought to himself, this person will not leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit to exhibition.

So he took the lead in taking them to exhibition. The boss does not have to do it everytime. But once it is done, loyalty is established.

That is why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even though the stress was tremendous.

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Good Saleman

A young guy from Texas moves to California and goes to a big department store looking for a job.

The manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?”

The kid says, “Yeah, I was a salesman back home in Texas.”

Well, the boss liked the kid, so he gave him the job. “You start tomorrow.

I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”

His first day on the job was rough but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down.

“How many sales did you make today?”

The kid says, “One.”

The boss says, “Just one? Our sales people average 20 or 30 sales a day. How much was the sale for?”

Kid says, “$101,237.64.”

Boss says, “$101,237.64? What did you sell him?”

Kid says, “First I sold him a small fish hook. Then I sold him a medium fish hook. Then I sold him a larger fish hook.

Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing, and he said down at the coast,

so I told him he was gonna need a boat, so we went down to the boat department,

and I sold him that twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it,

so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4X4 Blazer.”

The boss said, “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and truck?”

Kid says, “No, he came in here to buy a box of tampons for his wife,

and I said, ‘Well, since your weekend’s shot, you might as well go fishing.'”

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