Many employers have switched to behavior-based questions in their interviews. Behavior-based interviews are based on the concept that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance. What you have done in the past is a good indicator of how you likely will perform in the future.
Students can help prepare for behavior-based interviews by considering the following questions:
How are your previous internship or other work experiences relevant to this job?
What are the specific qualities the employer is seeking in candidates for this job?
What specific examples can you provide where you demonstrated the characteristics sought by the employer?
To answer behavior-based interview questions effectively, students should use the Situation-Action-Results (SAR) approach:
Situation – Briefly describe the problem or situation you encountered (avoid getting bogged down in too many details).
Action - Explain the action you took.
Results - Describe the outcome AND what you learned!
SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS:
* Provide an example of a time when you took the initiative to get something done.
* Describe a time when you solved a challenging problem.
* Tell me about a situation that required several things to be done at the same time.
* Describe a goal that you set for yourself and explain how you reached that goal.
* Describe a goal that you set for yourself that you didn't reach.
* Tell me about a time when you had an innovative or creative idea.
* Give us an example of a time where you showed your ability to keep track of details.
* Tell me about a time where the end result wasn't what you expected.
* Describe a time when you went "above and beyond" what was expected of you.
* Give me an example of a project that was very successful.
* Describe the best supervisor and the worst supervisor you've had, and explain why.
* What is the most challenging or stressful situation you have encountered?
* Tell me about an experience where you had to adapt to different situations.
* Give an example of a situation where you experienced a difficult coworker.
* What is the most frustrating experience you have encountered?