Interviews are one of the hardest parts of the job search process. You’re trying to make a great first impression, you’re meeting with complete strangers, you want to do and say the right things, and at the same time, you are trying to evaluate the company to see if it’s a right fit for you. All of this can be overwhelming.
Glassdoor teamed up with career coach and founder/CEO of WorkItDaily.com, J.T. O’Donnell on an eLearning series designed to prepare you to ace your next job interview. Whether you are a seasoned pro, a career transitioner or a recent grad entering the job market, you will benefit from the advice and insights shared in this series. Using real examples, tried-and-tested methods, plus feedback from candidates who have interviewed at companies like Target, Bain & Company, Facebook and more, we are aiming to make you the most informed candidate interviewing for a job that fits your life.
One of the takeaways is that interviewers will ask for anecdotes that demonstrate qualities essential for the job you’re interviewing for, so prepare to provide anecdotes for prompts like these:
1. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Always talk about an accomplishment that displays skills that are required by the job you are interviewing for.
2. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
Choose a mistake from the beginning of your career that led to an important lesson being learned and useful experience being gained.
3. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
Make sure not to cast blame on others for and focus on the solution you provided.
4. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
First, define what was required of you and then define how you went beyond these requirements.
5. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
Blaming or bad-mouthing isn’t the right route to take. Focus on how you worked together with your boss to move past the disagreement and reach an understanding.
6. What are some of your leadership experiences?
Don’t get caught up in just listing every leadership role you’ve ever had — think about the ones where you truly made a difference.