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How do you answer situation based questions?

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These questions are normally asked in graduate training scheme? #college #human-resources #recruiting #human

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Sarah M.’s Answer

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Hi Shirley,

In addition to the great advice from Ken, I would also suggest practicing with a friend, alone in front of a mirror, or recording yourself via webcam.

I know this may be advice that you’ve heard before but sometimes, especially if you’re feeling uneasy, your confidence can go a long way.

In preparing for my most recent interview, I researched various lists of situation and behavior based questions and became comfortable answering them overtime.

Regardless of whether you can relate to a situation based question or not, keeping calm under the pressure is key. Don’t be afraid to take a moment and think through the scenario, try your best to incorporate a personal story, and stay relaxed!

Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck!

Sarah
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Matt’s Answer

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Like a behavioral interview quesiton, situational interview questions are asked to showcase how a candidate is asked to assess a situation and to provide solutions on how he or she would handle it.

In many cases, situation based interview questions involve problem-solving and handling difficult issues and circumstances in the workplace. You can share some details about how you anticipate you would respond to the situation, but the best answers to situational interview questions provide concrete examples of how you handled a similar situation on the job.


Typically you would describe a similar experience in the past. There is a STAR technique that I was taught: Situation, Task, Action, Result. You can sub any "problem" for Task.


What was the Situation?


What Task/Problem went wrong?


What Action did you take to address the issue?


What were the Result?


It is a very formulaic form of story-telling and it takes practice gain comfortability.

Matt recommends the following next steps:

  • I found this link that reinforces what I just touched on: https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-the-star-interview-response-technique-2061629
  • Practice with a friend/relative to gain some experience
Matt - Thank you for your answer. We need more advice like this, now more than ever! There are more than 1k unanswered questions on CV right now. Hoping you'll answer a few more this week! Jordan Rivera COACH
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Ken’s Answer

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Hi Shirley!


Since you are referring to a "graduate training scheme", I would think it best first to talk to those in charge of the graduate training to get consistent answers aligned with their program. Without more concrete information, it is difficult to answer the question.


Let me know if and how this helps. Keep me posted. i would like to follow your progress.

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Molly’s Answer

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Be honest on if you've handled situations like it before and be okay with not having an answer immediately to the situation, you have a team of peers around you. You could always "research" then "consult."

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