Remember going into an interview and being asked to define your strengths and weaknesses? Yeah …. well those days are long gone.
Today’s method of interview focuses on Behavioral Interview Questions. These are wonderful if you’re asking the questions and quite difficult if you are answering them and have not prepared. The way we did things yesterday are a prediction of how we will do them tomorrow. The new questions asked in interviews plans to find out how we tick …
A typical question is 2-3 questions long and the interviewer is looking for a wide range of skills, competencies and ideas to be offered in return.
“What do you consider to be your professional strengths? Give me a specific example using this attribute in the workplace.” This complex question is looking for concrete examples of what you have to offer. The premise is what you’ve done in the past is an indication of what you will do in the future.
” Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it? Why? Were you happy with the outcome?” The interviewer will learn so much about each candidatewho answers this question. Having prepared for it ahead of time will show clearly in the calm and articulate manner you use.
Do not go into an interview until you’ve practiced with these questions. If they don’t get asked – that’s fine because you will be prepared for any question that comes your way.
Below are some random questions that could be asked.
- What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
- What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them.
- What projects have you started on your own recently? What prompted you to get started?Give a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and what was the outcome? How would you asses your role in diffusing the situation?
- It is very important to build good relationships at work but sometimes it doesn’t always work. If you can, tell about a time when you were not able to build a successful relationship with a difficult person.Have you had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers, classmates or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
- How do you keep subordinates informed about information that affects their jobs?
To find more questions to help you with your review – go to the Complete List of Interview Questions. — and GOOD LUCK!