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Describe a difficult task you were faced with and how you addressed it

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Zahid’s Answer



Because this is likely part of a behavioral interview, use the STAR method to prepare a great answer beforehand so you can confidently respond during the interview.

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result, the four areas you want to touch on when answering this type of question:

* Situation: Explain the event/situation in a few concise sentences.

* Task: Briefly describe the task/situation you handled, giving relevant details as needed.

* Action: Explain the actions you used to complete your task or solve your issue. This is the place to be very detailed and specific so take your time providing this information.

* Result: Present the specific results you achieved. If applicable, provide statistics or other quantifiable information used to achieve your results.

Following the STAR technique will help make sure you answer this question effectively so that the interviewer clearly sees that you have everything they desire in a qualified candidate.
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Ilija "Ike"’s Answer

This is great question. The interviewer is interested in few things: what you believe it a "difficult" task and the process you used to overcome/solve the problem.

With questions such as these, when you are describing a situation from the past, it is important to follow a simple story line:

- Situation - describe the circumstances around the "difficult" task. For example: I was assigned a project that had to take a product to market within a very short timeline and with very limited resources.
- Action - what was the action that You took to make this a success?
- Result - what was the end result based on the action you took?

Follow this model for all situational, hypothetical and past experience questions and you'll do great! Don't forget to use real examples from your past.
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GOPIPRASAD’s Answer

The intention of the interviewer on asking this question is to understand how do you act in difficult situation. So describe your self how you get to a conclusion that situation was a difficult situation. How did you assess the situation, How did you make others aware of situation in this case your supervisor. How did you analyze the situation, what options you came up with to solve the issue, how you worked with team members and took inputs from your leaders/senior team members. Finally explain how you played your part to solve the problem. Wish you good luck.!!
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Aaron’s Answer

I would add to the answer above.

Depending on the situation you may also provide a, what you would do different next time if the results weren't favorable. Also, don't spend too much time on the "situation." You want a clear concise setup so they understand enough of what was going on but if it turns into a novel then they'll miss the "action/result" part once you get to it. Use keywords for them to understand you are now talking about Situation/Action/Result.

For example,

"The task I was faced with..."/"There was a situation where...."


then...
"The action I took was...."/"Based on this observation, I made a plan..."


then...
"The result was..."/"The outcome of this was...."
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Rita, the interviewers are looking for how you problem-solve and work together with others in a difficult situation. Picking a scenario you have encountered at work or school that demonstrates your ability to think about many options/solutions, communicate with others, and come to a good solution, or one in which you were able to compromise in a healthy manner, may help! Difficulties encountered in group settings or projects can be good subjects (granted it was solved in a healthy manner!)
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