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How do you answer the questions they ask you at a job interview?

I bet you are thinking about this right now. If not you would not be searching for it am I right? Well, guess what I actually know a formula to getting the job that you are interviewing for today. It has worked for me and I hope it does for you.

You and I both know how tough it is getting out there, to get a job. With so much competition out there, you need to know somebody inside or you need to be remarkable in the job interview.

So, how do I give the best answer to these questions and get a job?

It is simple. I use something called the STAR approach to answering a question. It simply a four step process that can help you get the job by answering the questions in the correct way.

S: Situation – describe the situation
T: Task or problem – what dilemma or problem did you face?
A: Action – what action did you take?
R: Result – what was the result of your action?

What type of questions will I receive?

All types of questions, but I don't want to you be to prepared and overwhelmed. Normally they ask six type of questions.

Open ended, close, hypothetical,
Leading, Multi-barrelled, and Behavioural questions.

You are probably wondering what the $#$% right? Yes it's to much. But it's better to be prepared than unprepared.

So how do I answer each of the latter? Okay let's do this...

An open ended question usually has the following characteristics:

  • They ask the respondent to think and reflect.
  • They will give you opinions and feelings.
  • They hand control of the conversation to the respondent.
Close questions
  • They give you facts.
  • They are easy to answer.
  • They are quick to answer.
Hypothetical questions will require you to think on your feet so you need to stay sharp and ready. You won't really know what to say, so think, but think quick.

Leading Questions will of course require you to think also, but it's much easier because you will have more of a clue, like if you get a question to some skill that you have, don't just say you have it. Give them an example of what you did!

Multi-barrelled pretty self-explanatory. Two questions in one, which will confuse you and you'll need to ask for the question to be repeated. Don't be shy to ask for it to be repeated.

And the last type of questions are Behavioral questions.

Here are just some examples of how you can answer behavioral questions:

Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).

There you go. With this you can be confident that you will be getting a ring in a couple of days from the employer. Good Luck! Hope you get the job interview and answer the job interview questions well.