May 11, 2020 - 09:15 PM
When you're asked these types of questions, the interviewer is really looking for how you think and react in various situations. This helps the interviewer see what kind of soft skills you possess, such as empathy, communication, problem-solving, teamwork and adaptability. In these cases, it's important to pick the right story based on what is being sought in the job description.
For example, the job might specifically be looking for a "team player" or "good communicator" or someone who has "adaptability" and "works well with others." This means that you should brainstorm some ideas beforehand so that you're comfortable explaining your skills. Or, the company may pride itself on its diversity, so be ready to tell about a time when you worked well with a diverse group of people.
This type of interview question is called a behavioral interview question – learn more about these types of questions by reading our article STAR Interviewing Response Technique for Success in Behavioral Job Interviews.