Crash Course: Interviews with Impact

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Crash Course: Interviews with Impact

  1. 1. crash courseon careersINTERVIEWS WITH IMPACT
  2. 2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSPhoto credit: milos milosevic via Flickr
  3. 3. Learning objectives• Review strategies to answer commonly asked interview questions• Practice and receive feedback about the quality of your answers careers.ubc.ca
  4. 4. Q1: Tell me about yourself• Use the S.E.A.M. formula – Skills – Experience – Academic – Memorable careers.ubc.ca
  5. 5. Q2: Why do you want to work for us?• Skills you are eager to use• Experience you want to obtain• Something about this organization that interests you• Why this organization is a good fit for you• Avoid practical reasons even if they are part of the equation careers.ubc.ca
  6. 6. Q3: What are your greatest strengths?• Share 2-3 that are the best match for this position• Be specific enough to create a movie• Offer to back up your claims with an example• Tip: As general preparation, think of 6 strengths and an example to back each of them up careers.ubc.ca
  7. 7. Q4: What is one of your weaknesses?• Don’t avoid the question: – “I don’t have any” – “I’m too hard working”• Choose a weakness strategically• Set boundaries: “Sometimes I…”• What have you learned?• How have you tried to improve? careers.ubc.ca
  8. 8. Q5: Behavioural questions• Prepare “stories” in advance• Try to predict the kinds of examples the employer will ask about• Organize your answer using STARR: • Situation • Task • Action • Result • Relevance careers.ubc.ca

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