7. Tell me about a time when you . . .

Yes, this is the most obvious wording of a behavioral interview question. The most important aspect of this question to pay attention to is the phrase “a time.”

Your answer must address one specific instance in your past  with the right level of detail and include the three critical components during your telling of the story.

Your ability to craft and share a compelling story about yourself that shows them what you did before (and perhaps what you’ve learned and would do differently today) in the situation they suggest to you is a critical interviewing skill. Your ability to tell a powerful story that provides proof and evidence of the benefits other organizations have seen because you were there is worth your preparation time.

In fact, you can even use the same story format as seen in your favorite Movie Moments to powerfully answer questions that don’t require the behavioral interview response. Learn from the following samples of situations across multiple industries and requesting different situation details.

See 12 unique answers to this question below. Just follow each link to see what real people said. Review the rating for each answer. These real-life examples are a powerful short-cut to help you write your own answer to this frequently asked job interview question, “tell me about a time when you . . .”

Or if you would prefer a PDF document, just order Guide #3 and get all the samples pulled together into one document for easy reference. Since with the pdf version you will not only be able to read on the screen, you will also have a printer-friendly version. You’ll have the chance to highlight powerful tips for your situation and write your notes and draft answers.

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Also, for the question, “what would you do if . . . ” this pdf gives you 12 sample answers with ratings plus an added training section

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Terry Kozlowski

Seen on TV nationally as a Career Strategist and Interview Expert on NBC, Fox News, heard on radio stations across country, contributed to or been profiled in print media including The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune.