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Interview Skill

     When it comes to the interview, preparation is key. Be ready to talk about everything you’ve done in a positive light, and make sure you’re well informed about the organization and industry. Focus on what distinguishes the employer from their competition and why you are a good fit. If possible, speak to alumni or other current employees to learn more. Remember, practice makes perfect; many career centers offer mock interviews with a counselor. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and professionals as you review the answers to common interview questions.

(excerpted from http://blog.waspit.me)

How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview

  1. Recall recent situations that show favorable behaviors or actions, especially those involving coursework, work experience, leadership, teamwork, initiative, planning and customer service.
  2. Prepare short descriptions of each situation; be ready to give details if asked.
  3. Be sure each story has a beginning, a middle and an end; i.e., be ready to describe the situation, your action and the outcome or result.
  4. Be sure the outcome or result reflects positively on you (even if the result itself was not favorable).
  5. Be honest. Don’t embellish or omit any part of the story. The interviewer will find out if your story is built on a weak foundation.
    4Be specific. Don’t generalize about several events; give a detailed accounting of one event.
  6. A possible response to the question, “Tell me about a time when you were on a team and a member wasn’t pulling his or her weight” might go as follows: “I had been assigned to a team to build a canoe out of concrete. One of our team members wasn’t showing up for our lab sessions or doing his assignments. I finally met with him in private, explained the frustration of the rest of the team and asked if there was anything I could do to help. He told me he was preoccupied with another class that he wasn’t passing, so I found someone to help him with the other course. He not only was able to spend more time on our project, but he was also grateful to me for helping him out. We finished our project on time and got a ‘B’ on it.”
  7. The interviewer might then probe: “How did you feel when you confronted this person?” “Exactly what was the nature of the project?” “What was his responsibility as a team member?” “What was your role?” “At what point did you take it upon yourself to confront him?” You can see it is important that you not make up or “shade” information and why you should have a clear memory of the entire incident.


Reference: Tennessee State Univ.