Answering interview questions can be nerve racking, but it doesn’t have to be! Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) method to help you create an easy-to-follow story with a clear conflict and resolution.
During the situation stage you will provide context of the circumstances. For Task, describe your role in the situation and further discuss your goal.
For action, you will provide hard evidence of how you overcame the situation. This stage is crucial as it shows your response and indicates what steps you took in your previous position.
Finally, show your results. This will help the hiring manager fully understand the outcome of your decision making. Practice the STAR method to become an interview master.
Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
Typically this one comes first, so it is important to sell yourself. “Tell me about yourself” is an open-ended question that tends to stump people. How do you respond? Talk a little bit about what you do at your current job, mention an accomplishment.
Continue by telling the interviewers how you got where you are, talking about an experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Finish by sharing what you are looking to do next and explain why you’re interested in the job.
Question 2: What are your weaknesses?
This one forces you to share something not so flattering about yourself. Avoid negative words such as “failure”. Instead of dwelling on a weakness, turn it into something positive, use phrases like “improving on,” or provide examples of how you are getting better.
Provide a real weakness but tell them what you’re doing to fix them. For example, “I’m not great at public speaking, however, I’ve been immersing myself in uncomfortable situations to boost my confidence.” Remember to stay calm and be confident in your response.
Question 3: How do you handle conflict?
Be sure to emphasize your problem-solving skills. Provide examples of when you experienced conflict in the workplace.
To do this effectively, use the STAR method mentioned above and organize your response. End with the results and how you provided a positive outcome.
Question 4: How do you handle constructive feedback?
Employers ask this to see if you are self-aware and are actively striving for self-improvement. To properly answer, provide a piece of feedback you received, how you responded, and the steps you took to improve.
You want to show them that you are willing to work on yourself and are open to constructive criticism. Feedback gives you the opportunity to be the best employee you can be.
Question 5: Why should we hire you?
Be unique and differentiate yourself from everyone else. Remember to research the company prior to your meeting. Pick out keywords and apply them to your answers. This is an opportunity to define your strengths and skills to persuade them that you are the perfect fit.
Be confident in your responses. Ask questions, it shows genuine interest in the company and will give you a better idea of whether the position is right for you. This helps promote positive dialogue and gives both parties a chance to get to know each other. Good luck!
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