Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding types of interview questions, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
How often have you been to an interview and been surprised by the questions you …were asked? By understanding the three basic types of …questions employers use, you can actually prepare for an interview and take away …much of the anticipation. The first and most common are behavioral questions. …The concept is to use your past behavior to predict your future behavior. …It will often take the form of, tell me about a time, or give me an example, to …allow you to draw upon your past experiences to show your skills and knowledge.…
For example, tell me about a time when you had to meet a deadline, and you …didn't meet expectations. Or, give me an example of a time when you …innovated on a project. The second type of question is case or situational. …The purpose is to evaluate your problem solving and analytical abilities. …It will often take the form of, how would you, or what would you do? …Your answer shows how you would approach a problem, or a work situation, and …allows them to see how you think on your feet.…
- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.