How the hiring manager can expect to benefit from your strength/skill

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In every interview, it is likely that the interviewer will ask you to answer some behavioral interview questions (e.g., “Tell me about a time when you…?”). How well you answer these questions could be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job. Your answers must come across with confidence and without hesitation if you are to make yourself successfully stand out as a strong, qualified candidate.
Your assignment here, then, is to participate in a short mock interview with me as the interviewer from your organization/employer of choice. In this interview, I will ask you a variety of behavioral interview questions (some from the provided list below), and you will present one-to-two-minute answers to these questions; your answers need to clearly and concisely demonstrate why you are qualified for and passionate about this position. Based on your answers, I will likely ask follow-up questions. And as is common practice in interviews, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions of the interviewer about the organization and position, so please plan accordingly; it is often considered a red flag if job candidates have no questions about the position or organization, so this is an important area of preparation for all interviews you participate in.
Interview answers should strive to do the following:
Open with an audience-centered statement that establishes a connection with the organization/hiring manager (e.g., similar experiences, common ground/perspectives, shared vision, etc.)
Provide a brief preview of your answer and the benefit of hiring you (e.g., higher level outcome the interviewer can expect from hiring you)
In the body of your answer, include the strength/skill you are wanting to highlight, evidence of this strength/skill (i.e., examples, stories, outcomes, etc.), and the benefit statement about this strength/skill (i.e., how the hiring manager can expect to benefit from your strength/skill)
End with a strong closing that briefly summarizes what you discussed and applies your strength/skill to the position and the needs of the organization
Sample Answer Structure (answering a question about having the ability to lead/coach others):
• Open with an audience-centered statement that establishes a connection with the organization/hiring manager (e.g., similar experiences, common ground/perspectives, shared vision, etc.)
• Provide a brief preview of your answer and the benefit of hiring you (e.g., higher level outcome the interviewer can expect from hiring you)
• In the body of your answer, include the strength/skill you are wanting to highlight, evidence of this strength/skill (i.e., examples, stories, outcomes, etc.), and the benefit statement about this strength/skill (i.e., how the hiring manager can expect to benefit from your strength/skill)
• End with a strong closing that briefly summarizes what you discussed and applies your strength/skill to the position and the needs of the organization
Answer Outline:
• Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
• Tell me about a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
• Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co-worker(s) and how you handled it.
• Describe a time when it was especially important to make a good impression on a client. How did you go about doing so?
• Tell me about a time you managed being assigned multiple projects and how you prioritized them.
• Tell me about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.
• Tell me about a difficult work challenge you’ve had.
• Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to big changes at work.
• Tell me about a time when you had to make an important decision quickly and how you made it. What did you decide and what were the results?
• Talk about a time when a co-worker was not doing their share on a project. How did you handle the situation?
• Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with the situation?
• Tell me about a major setback you’ve had. How did you deal with it?
• Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself. How did you go about ensuring that you would meet your objective?
• Tell me about a problem you’ve solved in a creative way.