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H1 Interview Sample Questions & Answers

General

Q: Good morning. How are you doing today?
A:
 Good morning. I am fine, and how about you?

Q: What is the purpose of your trip?
A:
Employment in the U.S.

Q: When was your passport issued?
A:
 On MM/DD/YYYY.

Q: Is this your first passport?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Have you ever been to the U.S.?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Have you ever been here (to the consulate) before?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Are you planning to return to India?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Why would you come back to India?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: What will you do after coming back to India?
A:
 Explain something.

Q: How long have you been married?
A:
XXX years.

Q: Why do you want to work in the USA?
A:
 For global exposure and a better salary.

Q: Do you have family in the USA?
A:
Answer Yes/No appropriately. If you answer yes, briefly describe which family members you have in the U.S. (such as parents, brothers, sisters, etc.).

Q: Have you ever applied for any (immigrant/non-immigrant) visa for any other country?
A:
 Answer Yes/No appropriately. If you answer yes, mention which country and what kind of visa you applied for.

Q: Have you ever traveled outside of India?
A:
 Answer Yes/No appropriately. If you answer yes, mention which country and for what purpose.

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Education / Qualifications

Q: What are your qualifications?
A:
 E.g., Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineer

Q: Are you currently studying?
A:
 Answer appropriately. If you answer yes, mention the expected graduation date.

Q: What is the highest degree that you have?
A:
 XXX.

Q: Can I see your master’s thesis?
A:
 Yes, definitely. (Show them your work)

Q: Did you do any part of this thesis off campus?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: What was the subject of this thesis?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Can I see your degree certificates?
A:
 Yes, definitely. (Show them your certificates)

Q: In which year and from which university did you get this degree?
A:
 In year YYYY from XX University.

Q: How many total years of IT experience do you have?
A:
 XXX years.

Current Employer / Prior Experience

Q: Which company do you currently work for?
A:
 ABC

Q: For how long have you been working for ABC?
A:
 XXX years.

Q: What are your current job responsibilities?
A:
 Briefly describe your duties.

Q: What is your current salary?
A:
 XXX

Q: ABC is an excellent company. Why are you leaving it?
A:
 For better growth and direct international exposure.

Q: Can I see the experience letters?
A:
 Yes, definitely. (Show them your letters)

Q: How long have you been in the IT field?
A:
 XXX years.

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Sponsor Company / H1B Employer

Q: How did you come to know about this U.S. employer?
A:
Answer appropriately. If accurate, you can answer something like, “I found this company when I was searching online for employers in the U.S.”

Q: How did you contact your sponsoring employer during your job search?
A:
Answer appropriately. If accurate, answer something like, “I replied to the job posting on monster.com/hotjobs.com/dice.com.”

Q: What is the name of the company you are going work for in the USA?
A:
 XXX.

Q: Have you verified whether XXX is a legitimate company in the USA? How do you know?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Briefly describe your sponsoring employer company.
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: What does your sponsoring employer do?
A:
Briefly describe the activities that your sponsoring employer is involved with: software consulting, telecom, e-commerce, or whatever is appropriate in simple, easy-to-understand (non-technical) terms.

Q: How many employees work at your future employer?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: What is the annual turnover of your U.S. employer?
A: If you know, answer appropriately. Otherwise, just say that you don’t know.

Q: Do you know the name of the President of your sponsoring employer?
A:
If you know, answer. Otherwise, just say no.

Q: Is this company founded by an Indian? Are all employees Indian?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: For how many years has your sponsoring employer been in business?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: For how many years has your company been operating from the location that you are going to work at?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: How many rounds of interviews were conducted before you were selected? What happened in each round?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: When was the interview conducted?
A:
 Provide date(s).

Q: How was the interview conducted?
A:
Answer appropriately. (E.g., over the phone, in person, etc.).

Q: How many people interviewed you? Do you remember the names of any of those interviewers?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Can I see the job offer letter?
A: 
Yes, definitely. (Show them the letter)

Q: Why do you want to join such a small company? Your current company is so big.
A:
 For a more challenging role, better salary, and international exposure.

Q: What is your salary going to be in US?
A:
$XXX per year.

Q: Can I see your LCA (Labor Condition Application from the sponsoring employer) and your latest salary slip (pay stub) from your current employer?
A:
 Sure. (Show them)

Q: What is your designation going to be at the U.S. company?
A:
 XXX

Q: At what location will you work in the USA?
A:
 In <City, State>.

Q: Do you know the average living cost in <City, State>?
A:
 Answer appropriately, something like $30,000/year or whatever the realistic figure may be.

Q: Did you pay for you H1B petition related expenses?
A:
 Answer Yes/No, as appropriate.

Q: Who are the clients of your company?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Are you going to work onsite at a client’s location?
A:
 Yes. (Be prepared to show the client letter) 
Or,
No. It is an in-house project. (Be prepared to show the project documentation) 

Q: What kind of work are you going to be doing?
A:
 Explain your duties briefly.

Q: Can you show me the project document and your itinerary of services there?
A:
 Show them. Remember that the projects details must be on a company letter head.

Q: Can you explain your project in brief?
A:
 Explain for about 30 seconds to a maximum of 1 minute. Don’t get too technical.

Q: What kind of projects does your U.S. employer engage in?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Who designed the project?
A:
 ABC team at XYZ company.

Q: Will they sell this product?
A:
 Answer appropriately.

Q: Can I see the tax documents?
A:
 Yes, definitely. (Show them)

Q: How many people from your (U.S. employer) company work for your client?
A:
 XXX

Q: Can I see the photographs of your company?
A:
 Show several photographs of the company, both internal and external photos, if possible.

Q: How will you manage your expenses before you get your first pay check?
A:
(Explain briefly. Give an accurate answer.) I am taking XXX amount of money that I saved during my current job. I am going to convert this savings into U.S. Dollars. Or, the employer is going to lend money, provide a loan, etc. The employer is going to provide lodging accommodations and food, etc.

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