One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is PRACTICE.
Anticipate interview questions and write out your responses to those questions to
reduce stress during an interview.
After you have written your responses, practice! Rehearse your responses. Practice
in front of a mirror or with a friend (ask for feedback).
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Sample Interview Questions:
- Tell us about yourself?
- Tell us what you know about our organization?
- Do you consider yourself successful? Why?
- Why do you want to work for this organization?
- Are you a team player?
- What motivates you to do a good job?
- Tell us about your ability to work under pressure.
- What experience do you have in this field?
- Tell us about a time when your values and the values of an organization did not align.
- How have you handled a disagreement with your supervisor?
- Tell us about a time when you had to work with a difficult person?
- Tell us about a time when you made a mistake.
- Describe a difficult decision you had to make.
- Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
These are some potential interview questions. A quick internet search will provide more sample interview questions
for your specific field.
Writing out your responses to potential interview questions does take time but it
will make sure that you will not forget any of your talents, skills, and abilities!
Use the STARL Technique to frame your responses:
S = Situation - What was the situation? Who was involved? What was the timeframe?
T = Task - What needed to be done? What were the challenges? What were the expectations?
A = Action - What steps did you take? Who assisted you? Why did you take those steps?
R = Results - Explain the results. Provide accomplishments.
L = Lesson Learned - Discuss what the experience taught you. How are you different,
now, from the experience? What would you do differently?
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Job Description/Experience Matching:
In addition to writing out your responses, identify the top five tasks or qualifications
that were listed in the job description/announcement, and then write down, using the
STARL Technique, how you fulfill or satisfy each.
Bring these responses with you to the interview for reference.
Career coaches are available to help you write out your responses to interview questions and to match your experience with the job announcement.
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