Sunday, June 23, 2013


Five Questions You Must Ask the Interviewee 

Five Questions an interviewer must ask students during a campus placement interview:

1. Why did you choose the this vocation? (eg. Engineering, IT, Medicine, Management, HR, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Law, Science, Geology etc)

2. Why should we hire you?

3. What are your hobbies? How do you spend your leisure?

4. Which is your favourite book? What is the book you are reading at present?

5. What is your biggest frustration in life? 

The answers can be quite revealing and may tell you a lot about the person. 

There may be someone who has no hobby, or someone who does not read books. 

You can ask such persons about movies, instead of books, or his passions like food, pets or other passions, in case you want to ascertain the interviewee's creative tastes and social attributes. 

It is the answer to the last question which will finally determine whether you should hire the person or not.

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2 comments: said...

My college curriculum should have included this in placement training session. Appreciate the post Vikram Sir :-)

Braja said...

Dear Sir,

I have been on a lot of campus drive for my organization. The answer to the first question - Why did you choose Engineering - usually draws a blank face, followed by the usual I am very much interested in building things. But, my gut feel is that most people went for it since they just wanted to follow the herd or their parents wanted them to!