Depending on the type of role you are applying for the interview questions can differ. It is common for interviewers to ask behavioural type questions that start with "tell me about a time when..." and will have a follow up to gauge your leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
When answering these questions it is important to remember the STAR method.
- Situation - Briefly describe the situation and the problem you were solving for
- Task - Explain what tasks were involved
- Action - List out the actions you took
- Resolution - What was the result/outcome of your actions
When responding to these questions, it is important to highlight what YOU did in the situation. While teamwork is important, when interviewees describe the tasks and actions generically it is hard to tell what role they played in the resolution. Remember, an interview is a chance to highlight your skills and qualifications and you are your number one advocate in this situation.
Aside from being prepared to answer these questions, I find it very impressive when the interviewee also comes prepared with thoughtful and unique questions for the interviewer.
Be original, authentic, and bring the best version of YOU to the table when interviewing!
Brianna recommends the following next steps:
- List the top 5 things you have accomplished that highlight the skills you want to portray in an interview
- Practice answering behavioral type questions using those 5 examples under different types of questions to understand how to tailor and adjust your answer based on the question itself