This is the most common form of interview and a recruiter’s usual weapon of choice. Naturally, companies hire to fill a business need. They need someone who can think a certain way, demonstrate specific skills and and solve particular problems that come up everyday in the job.
For a typical graduate who has no real world job experience as yet, these questions are designed to suss out your basic ability level. They’ll relate to a specific hypothetical situation and you’ll be asked to recall a time where you encountered said situation, and how you dealt with it. For instance:
- “Why are you a good fit for the company?”
- “Give an example of when you overcame a problem at work.”
- “Tell me about a time you supported a member of your team who was struggling.”
- “Give an example of a time you had to improvise to achieve your goal.”
- “Tell me about a time when you failed to complete a task or project on time, despite intending to do so.”
To answer questions like this effectively, remember the STAR method:
- Situation: set the scene for the employer by describing the situation relating to their question.
- Task: what was your goal in this situation?
- Action: tell the interviewer what your specific actions were. Your answer should be mainly comprised of this section.
- Result: the end result – try and put a positive slant on this, even if it was a negative outcome.
This approach should help you answer the question in a clear, structured manner that will help your recruiter understand your achievements and amplify the importance of your limited experience.