Rachel Gibson, Career Counselor here at WSU Career Services, recently reminded me of a great technique to prepare for behavior based interview questions. It would be easy to prepare for interviews if you knew what questions were going to be asked. Of course, you don't, but here is a method to prepare that just might be the next best thing.
Behavior based interview questions ask you to think of a time you demonstrated a skill important in the job you are interviewing for. So. . .as part of your interview prep, think of three to five stories that a) stand out to you for whatever reason or b) you are proud of and want to share. Write out each story, read it, and ask yourself "what skills does this story demonstrate?", making note of these answers. You may want to take this a step further, and write down a story for every skill requirement listed in the job posting.
Career Services is happy to help with this exercise, so if you're a person who does better taking things through--or if you could benefit from the opportunity to practice telling your stories, make an appointment.
Credit for this exercise goes to Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute, available for checkout in our Career Library.
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