Interview Questions: About You

 

Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.

For questions like "What are the most difficult decisions to make?" or "Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it." These are behavioral interview questions designed to discover how you handled certain situations. The logic behind this type of questioning is that how you behaved in the past is an indicator for how you will act in the future.

The interviewer is looking for solid examples of challenging situations that actually happened to you at work. Discuss what you did to resolve the issue or problem. Always remember to keep your answers positive and specific ("Even though it was difficult when John Smith quit without notice, we were able to reorganize the department workload to cover the position until a replacement was hired."). List the steps you took and how you performed them.

To prepare for questions where you will need to recall events and actions, refresh your memory by considering some situations you have worked through or significant projects you have worked on. This can help to frame your responses. Have stories prepared that demonstrate when you have successfully solved a difficult situation.