Interview FAQ: How to handle questions based on family background?

MBA interviews aim at assessing the overall personality of a candidate through a multitude of questions. Interview questions related to any field – directly or indirectly – associated with a person. Many interviewers ask personal questions to analyze the upbringing and behavioral aspect of a persona. One of the very frequent questions is about one’s family background. While it may be very comfortable for many of you to answer family related questions, there may be some who either get embarrassed or perplexed by such questions. In this article we will try to formulate an approach to handling these questions by knowing more about them.
Typical questions asked related to family
  1. Tell us about your family background.
  2. How many members are there in your family?
  3. What are your parents’ occupations?
  4. How many siblings do you have? What do they do?
  5. Are you the eldest/ youngest? How does that impact your role in the family?
  6. Are you married or unmarried?
  7. What are your views towards marriage?
  8. What is occupation of your spouse?
  9. How many members are dependent on you?
  10. Where do you originally come from/ belong to?
  11. What is your parents’ religious/ political belief? Do you align with the same belief?
  12. How has your father/mother influenced your life’s decisions/ambitions/goals/career?
  13. What are your family values and ethics?
  14. What if your family doesn’t allow you to work after marriage?
  15. Is your decision to pursue MBA independent of your family’s choice?
How to Handle questions based on family background?
In an interview, the panelists are looking for clues to gauge the inherent traits of a person. For this, they usually ask questions related to family, parents, siblings, etc. to understand the in-and-out of a candidate. Family plays an eminent role in shaping the mental and physical development of a person. Therefore, keep the following pointers in mind while answering questions related to your family:
  • Prepare some answers to standard questions, before the interview itself, to avoid fumbling
  • Be positive and joyous while answering to show that a happy attitude
  • Don’t be shy or embarrassed of any factual information related to your family.
  • Be confident and proud of what your parents’ do to give you a comfortable living
  • Try to show good values that your parents have inculcated in you
  • Avoid showing that you are completely dependent or completely independent from your family’s value system or decisions.
  • If you are married, try to show a respectful proposition towards your better half
  • You can add a few things you have learnt from your grandparents or far-off relatives, only if relevant to the conversation
  • If you belong to a business family, be prepared to answer questions on entrepreneurial values, relevance of MBA for you, etc.
To learn more interview skills, explore the links given below:
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  3. What kind of Body Language should I use?
  4. What if I cannot answer the question being asked to me?
  5. Do I have to ask questions at the end of the interview?
  6. Significance of the time of the interview
  7. How should I handle myself in a "stress interview" situation?
  8. How to introduce yourself in the interview?
  9. Tricky questions related to your academic performance
  10. Deal with questions based on strengths and weaknesses
  11. Tackle questions related to your hobbies
  12. State the right career objective
  13. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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  15. Which field of management would you like to specialize in?
  16. Why do you want to do management from this institute?
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