Answers to a few behavioral Questions

Behavioral questions are asked in almost all of the job interviews and they can make or break the final selection. Why do companies stress so much on behavioral questions? The answer lies in ‘fit’. Most Organisational Behaviour students will agree that organisational fit is the buzz word in today’s business world. On one hand organisations are face disruptive changes, innovations, mergers and acquisitions, and hence having a fit between the organisation and the person is given paramount importance. In this essay, I will provide you answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. These may or may not be the best examples of answering the questions, and your criticism in this regard is always welcome. The answers are not necessarily mine. In fact i have collated them from multiple sources.

  1. What are your short term and long term career goals?

→ I have worked for more than three years in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) during which I had the opportunity to interact with both clients and business users. I was particularly amazed by the way the project management team presented the road map for the execution of the projects. My exposure to the corporate world enables me to have a holistic view of the business. In the short term, I wish to work in the mid-level management of an organization and carry out the plans and policies framed by the top management. I believe I will be able to leverage my technical background and experience to strike middle ground between what business wants and what IT systems can deliver within time and budget constraints.

In the long run, my goal is to use the opportunity of working in Business Services to climb to the top level management of the organization.In that role, I aspire to oversee the IT division of the organization to lead the organization to greater heights.

2. Who is your role model and why?

Sachin Tendulkar.

It is because of his attitude towards his profession, his life and the calm demeanour he carries, I look up to him as my role model. Despite being popular and all the success he has achieved, Sachin has never showed any tinge of vanity in his character. All throughout his carrier, he has approached his profession with the same intensity and dedication. It is said that during a tour of Sri Lanka, Sachin used to wake up at around 3 am in the morning, drink plenty of water so as not to get dehydrated during the days play in the hot and humid Lankan weather.

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