How to Ace Behavioral Interview Questions

Hi Friends, so I am going back to the roots of Life After Graduation a little with this post.  I know that soon there will be a lot of recent grads searching for jobs and I believe that from what I have learned/experienced there is one simple saying to help you answer ANY behavioral interview question.  Usually behavior questions are ones such as "Explain to me a time when..." or "Tell me about a time when you had to ..."  There are many variations of this question but one easy trick it to remember, STAR.

S - Situation

T - Task

A - Action

R - Result

First you want to "set the stage" and explain the situation that you were in so the interviewer understands, the specific task you had to complete, the action you took and what the result was.  Some people talk too much in a interview, I usually spoke too little but if I remembered STAR it helped me to answer the question in full and in sequence so I left less things out.  It really helps you to communicate and articulate your answer.  I also felt it comforting to know that with each of these questions no matter what it was I had the tools to answer it in full.  My recommendation if you are going into an interview soon is to google some common questions and write out your STAR answers.  This helps you to feel more comfortable going into the interview and confident answering.  Which is ALWAYS a plus. Here are five questions I was commonly asked:

  1. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
  2.  Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
  3. Tell me about a situation where you had to solve a difficult problem.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
  5. Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.

As always make sure to like this post if you enjoy this content! And good luck if you are interviewing!!

Job Searching: January

Hi Friends! I hope you're having a great day! I wanted to squeeze in a post about job searching before the New Year's because in my experience January is big month for companies and it's best to hit the ground running.  January is particularly a great month because its the beginning of a lot of companies fiscal year or they have goals going into the new year. They know their business plan and are looking to hire. 

My advice, do your research.  Know what companies you want to reach out to and contacts you can get in touch with. Also apply to any applications you can.  Be patient as well, many people are taking vacations or catching up with years end and it may take some time for them to get back with you.  But in all job searching endeavors ALWAYS follow up. I know as a recruiter and someone job searching sometimes you read something and think you'll get to and never do.  When someone else takes the initiative it helps jog your memory and they become more memorable. 

If you are heavily job searching reach out to recruiters, friends and HR departments of companies you are looking at.  This will help circulate your name.  Also, always be willing to meet for coffee or hop on the phone to talk about your resume and what you are looking for.  This is how I have made some of my strongest connections and still keep in touch with people to this day.  

Happy New Year to you! I wish you success in your job searching!