Sample Questions and How to Respond
- Common Interview Questions & Questions to Ask the Employer
- Be honest and confident, never exaggerate about your experiences.
- Prepare a 60-second story about your education and experiences. Emphasize your strengths, what you can offer
the organization, and what makes you unique.
- Articulate why you want to work for THIS organization. Do your homework and research the employer.
- Use the STAR Method to respond to questions (see below). Use specific examples, give details and outcomes.
- If a question is confusing, ask for clarification or restate the question to confirm meaning. "Can you help me
understand what you mean by..." or "So, my understanding is that you're looking for
examples of ___ is that correct?
- Take a few moments to think before responding too quickly. If you get stumped, ask for a moment to think about the answer.
STAR Method: How to Nail a GREAT Response to Behavioral Questions
The STAR method is a structured way to answer a behavior-based question. Your goal
is to discuss the Situation, Task, Action, and Result of the example you are providing. When answering, think: How can I tell this as a story?
- SITUATION: The setting of the story: a class project, internship, club activity. Describe one
specific event or situation; who was involved and where did it take place?
- TASK: The WHAT of the story, what was the goal you were trying to accomplish?
- ACTION: Describe the actions you took to accomplish the task. What specific steps did you
take and what was your contribution? (Use "we" to refer to team work however be sure
to use "I" to focus on your personal contributions.)
- RESULT: The outcome or ending of your story. What changed, improved, or was achieved as a
result of your actions? Were there lessons learned from mistakes or unexpected outcomes?
Positive outcomes are good to highlight; negative outcomes are a reality and employers
like to hear how you have learned and adapted in the face of undesired outcomes.
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