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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To The Perfect Job Interview by Marc Dorio

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“Tell Me About a Time When You …”

Related to questions that attempt to assess your problem-solving skills are those that try to plumb your character. Behavior-centered questions usually begin with “Tell me about a time when you …” or some variation on this opening. These questions are aimed at assessing a candidate’s character, attitude, and personality traits by asking for an account of how the candidate handled certain challenging situations.

Strategies for Answering Behavior-Related Questions

Common sense, more than anything else, should help you anticipate what traits of character, habits of conduct, and attitudes will be most appealing and most important to a prospective employer. Modify common sense with what you know about the issues ...

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