Possible Interview Questions
The most important thing to keep in mind is to relate your answers back to the trait that the interviewer is asking about. Let’s take a look at some sample answers:
Question: Describe a time when you used excellent leadership skills to resolve a problem.
Answer: I helped a friend get hired at a job where I was the assistant manager. However, two weeks into the job, I realized her skills weren’t quite up to par. To help her improve, I asked her to submit her work to me for feedback before handing it into the upper management. By doing that, I was able to give her useful information about her performance, and in no time at all, she made tremendous improvements.
Question: Talk about a time when you used initiative to resolve a conflict.
Answer: I could see that two of the players on the basketball team that I coach were not getting along, and it was starting to affect our game. I called both of them into my office and asked each of them to talk about what was on their mind while the other person could only listen and respond after they were finished speaking. By the end of our meeting, I got both of them to shake hands and makeup. Later in the season, we went on to win the championship in our league.
Question: Tell me about a time you went above and beyond your work duties.
Answer: I was working as a software developer on an open-source application for a client when I found a bug in the software that no one on my team could figure out. After working on it for a week, my team was about to give up on the project which would have cost us our contract, but at the last minute, I asked my team to give me one more day to figure it out. I was up for the whole night, but in the end, I was able to write some code to fix the problem. And because of that, we were able to save the contract for our firm.
Use the STAR Method and Get Results
As you can see, the STAR interview response technique is an effective way to tackle difficult, behavioral interview questions. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to paint a clear picture of yourself and your abilities.
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