Sunday, September 26, 2010

Behavioral interview questions and sample answers part 1-Creative problem solver

Here is a creative problem solver behavioral interview question and sample answers.

-Tell me about one your porjects (or school assignments) that fell seriously behind?
-What was that assignment?
-What were the major obstacles that you encounatered?
-How did you attempt to overcome these obstacles?
-What was the outcome of your efforts?
-What effect did the delay have for the person requesting the project/assignment?
-What steps did you take to avoid future delays of this type?
-How often did projects fall behind schedule last year?

What's going on here? Why would you want to talk about something that didn't demonstrate a stellar achievement?

Sample Answer:
-First be clear and specific in outlining the event. Use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
-Don't worry that the event doesn't portray an ideal scenario.
-What the employer wants to hear is how you resolved a problem despite its difficulties.
-Be very specific with describing your actions, and try to portray yourself as someone who is calm under fire, who can improvise, or think quickly on your feet.

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