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Interviewing is a skill. Take the time to prepare and you will reap the benefit. You will gain confidence and your performance will improve. Consider the following:
Review Background Experience
Expect to walk the interviewer through your work history. Practice telling your 60-second story. Share the reason you chose your profession, and talk about why you choose to remain. Stay professional, communicate clearly and with confidence.
Prepare 5 examples of situations you can share with the person conducting the interview. The situations or scenarios should be presented in a clearly which takes some pre-work.
Write down the situations as if you were telling a story. Then, in front of a mirror, read your “stories” repeatedly. After a few readings, you should be able to tell yourself the story without reading from the paper in front of you. Make note of key phrases or points that you want to make on the notepad you bring with you to the interview.
You can expect behavioral and situational interview questions. Behavioral questions are hypothetical. What would you do if you were in a scenario? Similar, situational questions ask you to draw from your experience and require you to be specific. Typically, these questions begin, “Tell me about a time when…”
A great way to frame your responses to these types of interview questions, while incorporating the situations from your homework, is to use the acronym S-A-R (Situation – Action – Result).
Simply respond by saying, “This situation was…”, “The action that I took was…”, and “The result or outcome was…” If you do it right, you will convey confidence and preparedness.