WTF are behavioural interview questions?

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And if you want to get the job, you've got to answer like a pro.

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Pick An Experience

It can be from anywhere (work, school, your personal life), but it's got to be specific.

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If you're too general, you're not actually answering the question. Give details!

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Quiz

Which of these experiences would be a good response to "A time you worked well under pressure"?

Have Some Experiences Ready

Keep a few specific challenges and successes in your mind. It'll be easier to answer whatever question is thrown at you.

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Don't Play The Blame Game

It's a red flag that you aren't a team player (even if it totally was Susan from Accounting's fault.)

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Take ownership for the team you were part of.

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Quiz

How could you best avoid blaming Susan from Accounting for missing a deadline (even though it was totally her fault)?

Tie It Back

Wrap it up by returning to the original question.

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"At the time, it was a stressful learning experience, but it definitely taught me how to work better under pressure."

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Summary

Ready to ace that interview?

Write down three experiences that you could use to answer behavioural interview questions.

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And for bonus points, ask a friend to help you practice.

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Sam Zimmer

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