In this video tutorial, learn the type of interview questions interviewers use to determine your fit for the job. Valerie Sutton, director Career Services at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will describe behavioral, situational, and resume based questions. She offers advice on how best to answer these types of common interview questions.
- [Voiceover] Understanding how questions are asked is important to shaping your answers. There are three basic question formats, behavioral, situational, and resume based. Most common questions fall into either behavioral or situational structure. The first and most common are behavioral questions. The concept is to use your past behavior to predict future behavior. It will often take the form of, tell me about a time, or give me an example. This allows you to draw upon your past experiences to show your skills and knowledge.
For example, tell me about your strengths and weaknesses, is a classic example of behavioral questions. You will want to have specific examples using the SAR Method by outlining the situation, actions, and results in each answer. The second type of question is case or situational. The purpose is to evaluate your problem-solving, analytical abilities, and planning skills. These questions will often take the form of how would you, or what would you do.
Your answer shows how you would approach a problem, or work situation, and allows them to see how you think on your feet. Examples include, what would you like to accomplish in the next thirty days, or are you willing to relocate? So, as we explore different types of common questions in this course, pay attention to whether they are behavioral or situational, being able to identify them will help you strengthen your answers.
- Tell me about your strengths
- Tell me about your weaknesses
- Why are you interested in our company?
- Why did you leave your previous company?
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation
- What questions do you have?