Oct 25, 2019 - 03:38 PM
"Tell me about a time" questions are what are known as behavioral interview questions. Here are the three critical things you need to consider when preparing your answer to a behavioral question:
- What are the key messages that I want to convey?
- What is the business problem that the hiring manager is trying to solve?
- How can my unique skills and experience help to solve those problems?
The most effective way to answer a behavioral question such as "tell me about a time you made a mistake" is to employ the STAR method. Situation: This is the preface to your response, where you define the context, give background on the experience and indicate what your role was. Task: What challenge did you face and what outcome did you expect? Action: Detail the action you took in response to the challenge. Result: Explain the results and the business impact and then make them relevant to the position being discussed.
Practice, practice, practice your responses to the most common behavioral questions.
Oct 25, 2019 - 03:40 PM
It can be tough to admit that you slipped up, but this is exactly the quality the interviewer wants to learn about. Everyone makes mistakes and the interviewer understands this. Admitting that you did make a mistake does not make you less appealing as a candidate. In fact, taking responsibility for your actions makes you more appealing.
So how should you answer this question? First, your response should make it clear that you were accountable. Describe the situation and how you reacted. You should mention what you did to fix your mistake and what the positive result was. Remember that your goal is to communicate that you will fix any mistakes you happen to make when working for them.