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Preparing for the interview


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Quick tips on how to prepare for an interview.

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Preparing for the interview

  1. 1. Matthew Pape
  2. 2.    Behavioural-Based Interview Questions - The most common type of question that is asked is the Behavioural-Based Interview (BBI) question. The purpose of this type of question is to predict future actions based on how an applicant performed actions in the past. This is the best known predictor of someone’s success in a job. An example of a Behavioural-Based question is, “Can you tell us about a time when you satisfied a difficult customer?” Situational Interview Questions – The interviewee will give you a job related task and how you handle it. Technical Questions – Technical job specific questions.
  3. 3.      Doing very little research on the organization Knowing very little about the job they applied for Speaking in generalities, when asked for specific examples (e.g. “I do that everyday.”) Not having thoughtful questions at the end of the interview Not picking up on the interviewees nonverbal cues
  4. 4.       Research the department and organization you are applying for. It is important that you have a good understanding of the department and the position you are applying for. Research who you will be interviewing with. Many can be found on Be concise in the response and include critical information Research types of BBI questions online that may be asked. Look to the job posting and corporate values for insight as to what may be asked. Practice with a family member, friend, or co-worker The STAR approach to answering BBI questions helps many applicants prepare and deliver a response.  Situation or Task. What was the situation or task that you were faced with?  Action. What are the specific actions that you took to handle the situation?  Result. What was the result of the situation?