How to handle an interview

Although you prepared extremely well for an interview, you can still get surprised by certain questions or unexpected demands, but, there is no reason to worry. We are here to help you in this matter. In the series of situational questions which test your reactions in specific situations, we will test your strong and weak sides. Thus we can easily define your soft skills. Then, we will discuss everything together and prepare you even for the trickiest recruiters. No one will resist you! Let´s get prepared together.

Interpersonal skills and team work

  • What role did you have in your team? Can you evaluate your contribution for the team?
  • Was there anyone with whom did you have a real problem to cooperate? Why?
  • Was there any situation when did you feel can´t fit in your team? Was there any? Tell us about it.

Communication skills

  • How did you handle a situation when you had to convince someone about your opinion?
  • Have you ever been in a situation when you had to find out some information from a person who did not want to cooperate with you?
  • Have you ever communicated an unpleasant information? If yes, how did you handle it?

Adaptability and stress resistance

  • Has your work ever been evaluated negatively? Do you remember a situation when you really felt stressed?
  • Which situation took you out of your comfort zone?
  • When you feel under a pressure?

Motivation and enthusiasm

  • Have you ever initiated your idea or thought?
  • What was your biggest working challenge and how did you handle it?
  • What motivates you to better performance?

Solving problems

  • Have you ever had to accept any decision that you didn´t agree?
  • Can you tell us about any situation when you had to solve a very difficult problem?
  • To have limited time to decide… If you ever experience such a situation, how did you handle it?
  • Have you ever face any nonstandard problem? If yes, how?

Self-reflection

  • Have you ever faced any untrue criticism? If yes, how did you deal with it?
  • We all know that no one is infallible. To make mistakes is human.
  • It is important to learn from your mistakes. Have you ever learned from any?
  • How do you perceive a negative feedback about your work?

How to answer on these types of questions?

Sometimes, it’s difficult to describe situations that we ask even when you have experienced them. You don´t want to tell too much unnecessary information, but at the same time you want the context to be understood the right way. We understand you. Method “STAR” can help you.

S (situation) – briefly write a context.

T (task) – what was your role/task in a given situation.

A (action) – how did you handle the given situation?

R (result) – how did the situation end? What did you learn from it? What would you do differently now?

Keep in mind that it depends a lot on who you have an interview with. HR professionals ask you rather behavioral type of questions but managers focus more on expertise side. Thus, be prepared for anything.