Your dazzling CV has gained you an interview, but now it’s time to shine in front of your prospective employer. Knowing you had the right skills and experience to get this far should give you confidence, but what happens when you have to give examples of these in practice? What do you do when you hear the dreaded words: ‘Tell me about a time when…’?
Suddenly, all of your interview preparation goes out of the window. ‘Why can’t they stick to the standard skills and weaknesses question?’ you ask yourself. But actually, this is your time to shine. Everybody loves a good story, and you will have plenty of anecdotes lodged somewhere in your memory bank. So stay calm, take a deep breath and think fast!
Here are some top tips to answering this kind of question:
This kind of question can be off-putting even for the most experienced interviewee, but if you follow these steps you should be able to craft an engaging narrative that paints you in a positive light, even if the initial situation was a difficult one.
Practise a few ‘tell me about a time…’ situations with a friend so you get used to thinking on your feet. No one is expecting a perfect answer, so just be as honest and clear as possible. Good luck!