The key to a good interview is the ability to articulate your strengths. Your ability to articulate these strengths demonstrates your communication skills. Always remember that the interviewer is seeking to find out if you can be of value to the organization. The following are common types of interview questions.
These questions are based on the theory that past behaviors are a good indicator of future behaviors. Behavioral questions generally ask you about specific situations and what you did in that situation.
You can prepare for behavioral questions by thinking of scenarios that fit the different types of behavioral questions. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, recall situations from your academic career.
Use the STAR method to answer behavioral questions:
Sample behavioral questions:
These types of questions address your skills, knowledge, enthusiasm, and organizational fit. These questions may address your education, achievements, work experiences, strengths, weaknesses, career goals, and interest in the organization or position. Examples of these types of questions include:
Interviews are for potential employers to get to know you, but they are also an opportunity for you to find out if you would like to work for the organization. Prepare questions before your interview and bring them with you. Ask questions that demonstrate that you have done background research prior to the interview. You should generally avoid salary questions during a first interview. Some questions you might ask include: