During interviews or phone screens, you’ll be asked behavioral questions with lead-ins similar to “tell me about a time when”. This allows the interviewer to learn about your thought process, how you approach a situation and how you then handle yourself. The best way to answer these questions is by using the STAR method.
Briefly describe the situation at hand
Elaborate on the tasks you were required to complete during this situation
List the actions you felt were necessary to take
For better or worse, what was the result of your actions
Anticipating the kinds of behavioral questions the interviewer will ask and applying the STAR method to your answers will enhance your interview responses. Additionally, be prepared to provide details of your background and resume and concisely address them.
Research our company:
Having a general understanding about our products, customers, shareholders and competitors enables you to tailor your answers accordingly.
First impressions matter:
Make sure to dress appropriately for the interview. When in doubt, ask your recruiter what’s appropriate.
Allow yourself extra time to navigate traffic, find parking and entrances and check in. A good rule of thumb is to plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
Remember your manners:
Interviewers notice a firm hand shake, direct eye contact, good posture, and an engaging tone and enthusiastic attitude.
Always be prepared to ask the interviewer questions. This is your opportunity to hear their honest responses about the company’s culture and vision for your role.
Send a thank-you note:
Thank the interviewer, via an email or handwritten note, within a few days of your interview.
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