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Interviewing: Behavioral

Preparing for Interviews

Do you ever feel like there are some things you just can’t prepare for? If you do, you're not alone.  A quick Google search on things that are impossible to prepare for yielded quite a list including: taking the polar plunge in 32 degree water, what stinky tofu tastes like, and LeBron James. It’s a fact that some things will come up in your life that make planning difficult. Thankfully, job interviewing is not one of them.

The fact is, there are so many basic patterns and standard questions in interviews that there's really no excuse to walk into one unprepared. All you really need to do is learn the typical questions/question types you may be asked and then practice. One of the best resources ECS has to help students in their interview preparation is Big Interview: an online mock interview tool available to registered students, acccessible through CareerEngine … 

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How to Answer Behavioral Based Interview Questions

ECS Graduate Advisor, Meg Flood, is lending her extensive interview training experience to today's blog...

Interviewer: "Tell me about a time when you took initiative."

You (sweating, nervous, breaking out in hives): "Umm. Well. You know…..I do that all the time!"

If the above has ever happened to you, you're not alone. Interviewing is a scary thing especially when you don’t feel prepared to talk about a time you persuaded someone to see your way. Or you can’t remember a time when you handled a difficult situation. The key to answer these types of questions (and avoid the sweating, filler words, and hives) is to prepare and know the right formula.

Preparation is the key to answering behavioral based questions. Be sure to begin preparing for your interview in advance (the night before is not in advance). Go through experiences on your resume including projects, past work experience … 

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