The HR interview round at Wipro is your last chance to make a good impression on the employer before she/he chooses between you and other shortlisted candidates. So don't get complacent, prepare to answer these key questions:
1. What makes you unique?2. Why do you want to leave your current job?3. Why should we hire you, when your academic performance is poor?4. Tell us about your hobbies5. Are you willing to relocate?6. What are your salary expectations?
Every good human resources (HR) professional knows that a company is only as good as the people it keeps. Which is why, if you’ve made it to the final round of a Wipro interview, don’t rest on your laurels.
Sure, you’ve cleared the aptitude test and recruiter screening but the HR interview is the most crucial round. It’s probably your first meeting with a Wipro employee (previous rounds are usually conducted by external recruiters) and this person has been tasked with determining whether you are a ‘safe hire’. Your qualifications and domain expertise have got you this far; now you need to demonstrate that you are a good cultural fit for the company.
Given that company culture covers a broad spectrum, including how employees dress and interact, you need to impress your interviewer before she/he asks any question. So ensure you are on time and dress appropriately. Be the first to reach out and shake hands with the HR person – it’s a gesture that indicates you have good interpersonal skills. Your body language should tell the person you are confident and calm. Follow these tips, and you’ll be off to a strong start.
When it comes to tackling the Wipro HR interview questions, there are few things to keep in mind. One, having reached this round, your chances of selection is high. So tread carefully to seal the deal. Steer clear of controversial topics such as religion, politics and gender relations. Two, certain questions such as ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses’, which you may have addressed in an earlier round, may be asked again, as your answers can help the HR manager determine whether you are suitable match for their organisation. Lastly, go in prepared to face a ‘stress interview’ – which is an interview designed to determine how candidates react under pressure. You may be asked certain brainteaser interview questions – while you’re not expected to know the answers off the top of your head, you need to explain how you would research the answer.
Broadly, the line of questioning will cover your education, family background, personality, hobbies, work experience (if relevant), general knowledge, etc. These are some interview questions you’re likely to be asked:
What makes you unique?
Interviewers ask this question to find out what sets you apart from the other qualified applicants. Don't quote from what is already written on your resume; find something to tell the interviewer that she/he doesn’t already know about you. Don't fret about proving how you are 'unique'; instead, focus on establishing value.For e.g. you could say, ‘As my resume states, I have over XX years of experience working in XX field. What isn’t stated there is that I am a goal-setter; once I set myself a target at work, I don't stop until I have achieved it. If you hire me, I anticipate helping your company set and achieve goals that will surpass all of your previous records.’
Why do you want to leave your current job?
Come up with a tactful reason as to why you're leaving. It could be your desire to take on more responsibility and grow in a career, relocate, make a career change or improve your work/life balance. Never badmouth your current employer; if you do, you'll come across as immature.
Why should we hire you, when your academic performance is poor?Given that Wipro is one of the few tech companies where the 60% marks eligibility rule doesn’t apply, you may be asked to explain a lukewarm academic performance. The best way to handle this is to say you prioritise practical expertise over bookish knowledge. Draw attention to any projects that you may have undertaken that have helped shape your understanding of the field or any internships you may have done. You can also talk about participating in extra-curricular activities like sports or college festivals, which have helped you build soft skills that are essential to succeed at work.
Tell us about your hobbies
A hiring manager wants to learn as much about you and what you're like as a person as possible, which is why she/he wants to know what you do outside of work, in your spare time. Note: there are some activities that are better off kept private -- if you 'love to party' or 'play cards', don't mention it. However, stick to passions that are genuine and activities that may indirectly help you achieve success at work. For instance, exercise and fitness-related hobbies can demonstrate energy as well as the ability to manage stress. Volunteer work is a sign of good character and an empathetic nature. Always be prepared for follow-up questions: If you say you love golf, you may be asked what your handicap is.
Are you willing to relocate?
Given that Wipro serves clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents, it's very likely you will be asked whether you have a location preference or are willing to work anywhere in India.
You have two options - you can either say you are definitely willing to relocate, which shows that you'll do whatever is necessary to be a part of the company and team. Or, given that relocating is a major life change, you can go with a carefully worded 'maybe'. For e.g., you could say, 'I would love to continue my career in this city, but this position is a great opportunity for me. If relocation is required, I would definitely consider it.’
What are your salary expectations?
Don't blurt out a number; you may get locked into a salary when there is more money to be had. Instead, ask an open-ended question such as “What range do you have in mind?”
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