- Review the job posting you applied to.
- Review your skills and experience that relate to the position you applied to.
- Familiarize yourself with Performance Based and Behavior Descriptive interview questions.
- Performance based question example:
- In your current or previous role, can you describe a time where you had to pay close attention to small details in order to be successful?
- Behavior descriptive question example:
- Can you describe a time in your professional career when you were faced with a conflict with a peer? How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
- Familiarize yourself with the STAR Method described below.
- STAR Method: When preparing your responses to behavior descriptive interview questions, we recommend using the STAR method. This is a logical way to provide the interview team the information they are looking for.
- Situation: Describe a situation you were involved in. The situation can be from a previous job, a volunteer experience, school or any other relevant event.
- Task: Describe the tasks that were involved in the situation.
- Action: What actions did you take? Focus on and highlight your individual actions or contributions even if you were working as part of a team.
- Result: What results were achieved due to your actions?
What TO DO during the interview:
- Come prepared having researched the company.
- Be on time.
- Be enthusiastic and smile.
- Bring a copy of your resume, a notebook, and pen.
- Relate your skills, accomplishments, and objectives to the needs of the company.
- Use the STAR Method outlined above.
- Keep eye contact.
- Make sure to ask questions at the end of the interview.
- Ask about next steps.
What NOT TO DO during the interview:
- Do not be arrogant.
- Do not speak negatively about your last place of employment.
- Do not be late.
- Do not lie or exaggerate.
- Do not go on your phone.
- Do not check the time.
- Do not act desperate.
- Do not come unprepared.
- Do not be rude.
- Send a Thank You note to your Interviewer.
- Be Patient.