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Here’s a technique you can use to formulate answers to many interview questions:

STAR Technique

  • (S) Situation - Describe the situation in which the event took place.

  • (T) Task - Describe the task you were asked to complete. Describe any problems or issues you were trying to solve.

  • (A) Action - Explain what you did to complete the task or solve the problem.

  • (R) Results - Explain the results of the action. For example, if your actions result in resolving conflict, or improving company sales, explain that. Here is the time to focus on how YOUR actions resulted in SUCCESS for the company.

Interviewing Common Questions

There are a variety of interview styles. For example, there are phone interviews, Skype interviews, panel interviews, and even lunch interviews. It is important to be prepared for all of these, as that is your opportunity to market yourself and show why YOU are the best candidate for the position. Remember to breathe when speaking and think about what to say before answering!

Some sample interview questions that are commonly asked include, but are not limited to:

  • Tell me a little about yourself.

  • What interested you in applying for this position?

  • Why do you want to work here?

  • What do you know about us?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?

  • Why should we hire you?

  • What is the most difficult problem you’ve solved?

  • What steps would you take to make an important decision?

  • Do you have any questions?

These are 10 common interview questions that any interviewer can ask you. Because they are so common, you should practice these and make sure to know what to say if these are asked. From Forbes, here is a link on how to prepare for answering common interview questions.

There’s more!

In addition to the questions above, an interviewer may ask behavioral questions. These are a little more difficult because it requires on-the-spot critical thinking about a particular situation. These types of questions focus on how you’ve handled various situations in the past. Behavioral questions are asked to give the employer a better idea of how you handle certain situations, and to see if you have the skills needed for the position. When describing the problem or issue you solved, try not to focus too much on the negative. Instead, describe how you turned a negative problem into positive results.

Here are five examples of common behavioral questions asked during interviews:

  • Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone to see things your way at work.

  • Tell me about a time you had to interact with a difficult client.

  • Tell me about a time you had to manage numerous responsibilities.

  • Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your boss. How did you handle it?

To read some more common behavioral questions and learn to answer them, check this link out.