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Interviewing is a skill – the more you work at it the better you will become. Keep these things in mind.
Develop an agenda of what you hope to accomplish during the interview and the three to five essential points you want to get across to an employer. Write these points out and bring them with you to the interview.
Behavioral Interviewing is the most common type of interview format employers adopt. It is based on the theory that past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Rather than asking you how you think you will handle different situations, employers will ask you to describe experiences you have that are similar to those that you will encounter or that demonstrate the skills you will need. You know the employer is using a Behavioral format if questions start with, “ Describe a time when…” or “Give me an example of…”
Employers adopt a STAR approach to considering behavioral questions. They look for candidates to do the following:
If that is uncomfortable, try this three-part approach
For example, even if asked “Tell me a little bit about yourself?” you can adopt this approach, by doing something like:
“One thing that you should know about me is that I am extremely hard working. As you can see from my resume, I have been able to maintain a 3.6 GPA while working full-time and continuing to progress in my current role as I was recently promoted. Additionally, I maintain a commitment to a strong work/life balance that allows me to reenergize regularly by engaging with family and friends. What I’ve learned from balancing these competing demands, is that you have to be flexible and focused. I was reviewing your annual report and noticed that you recently underwent a significant reorganization. Moving forward with this reorganization I anticipate you will need hard working individuals that are flexible, yet focused. These are the characteristics that have been getting me through my degree program without disrupting my professional or personal lives, and I am confident that they will enable me to succeed in the X role.”