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Standard question:

·        Tell me something about yourself.

 

Analytical/Problem solving

·        What is the toughest analytical problem you have faced? How did you solve it?

·        How do you gather information and analyze problems?

·        Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet in order to extricate yourself from a difficult situation

·        Tell me about a time you found errors in your work. What caused the errors? What did you do?

 

Interpersonal skills

·        When working on a team project, have you had disagreements with your team members? What did you do?

·        What was your most challenging personal encounter with someone? How did you deal with that individual?

·        Give me an example where you mediated a conflict

·        Tell me a time when you had to be assertive

 

Communication Skills

·        Tell me of a time when your active listening skills really paid off

·        Tell me of a time when you had to present complex information. How did you ensure that the other person understood?

·        When were you able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see your way

·        When did you have to use your written communication skills? What was the outcome?

 

Initiative

·        Give me an example where you pushed yourself to do more than the minimum

·        Tell me about projects that you have initiated. What prompted you to begin them?

·        Give me example of a situation that could not have happened successfully without you being there

 

Planning and organization

·        How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time? Give an example

·        Give me an example of an important personal goal you set. Tell me about your success in reaching that

·        Describe a situation when you had many projects or assignments due at the same time. What did you do to get all of them done?

 

Flexibility

·        Describe a time when you needed to function effectively under ambiguous circumstances

·        Describe a situation when you were able to overcome ‘personality conflict’ to achieve results

 

Leadership

·        Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role

·        Describe your leadership style and give me an example of a situation where you successfully led a group

·        Tell me about a time when you had to lead people that did not want to be led

·        Describe a time when a team member came to you for help. What was the situation? What did you do?

 

Creativity/Innovation

·        When did you provide a solution that was outside the box?

·        Tell me about a time when you came up with a breakthrough idea

·        Tell me about a recent brainstorming session you participated in. what was your role?

·        What is the most creative thing you have done?

 

Decision Making

·        Give an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision

·        Describe a time you had to defend your business/ideas

·        Summarize a situation when you had to choose from multiple great ideas. How did you decide?

 

Judgment

·        Can you remember a time when you needed to deliver a sensitive message to someone whose reaction you were unsure of? What was the situation? How did you approach it?

 

Teamwork

·        Tell me about a time when you felt truly collaborative in working with others. Describe your role in the team.

·        Tell me about someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle it?

 

Energy

·        How do you stay focused during lengthy or tedious work sessions?

 

Commitment to personal growth

·        Define your standards for success in your last job. Describe what you did to meet those standards.

·        Tell me about a toughest challenge you faced during the past year. How did you handle it?

 

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