You recently used our expert services at Wadhefty and have a top-notch CV that reflects your individuality and offers employers the best representation of your experience and qualifications.
But in addition to using your CV, did you know that there are other tools at your disposal that can help get you closer to the role you are yearning for?
Enter the question bank. The question bank is a powerful tool that will help you prepare for your upcoming interview in a systematic and methodological way. It allows you to focus your attention on the important messages you want to relay so that employers see you as the best candidate for the job you are applying for. Additionally, it is comprehensive, providing you with a database of all interview related information.
HOW IT WORKS
The question bank is a live tool that features frequently asked questions that come up in a job interview. It is split up into 2 sections: general questions and company specific questions to ensure you are able to cover the full-spectrum. The goal is for you to sit and reflect on your past experiences and to generate answers for these questions. Questions can range from open-ended ones such as “Why do you want to join our company” to behavioral questions that draw on your past experience such as “tell us about a time you had an unproductive team member”.
We advise that you create the tool over excel, as it offers the most flexibility with making additions and iterations, and offers the best functionality.
Sure the tool seems simple enough (and it is), but the impact it can have can go a long way to help you stand out from other candidates and allow you to tweak your background so that it is a strong fit for the role.
As we are committed to your success, we have created the Wadhefty question bank, a free excel resource that you can use to help you prepare for job interviews.
Click here to download your free Wadhefty question bank.
While the Wadhefty question bank is a strong tool that will allow you to differentiate yourself from other candidates, we highly advise you to build on the questions in the tool to suit your personal needs. We recommend that you create a different tab for each company and/or role you are interviewing for.
STAR APPROACH TO ANSWERS
Equally as important as building the question bank are the answers you will have to those questions.
Have a scroll through the file. You will find that the file already boasts over 10 questions. So what is the best approach to employ in answering these questions?
We recommend that you use the STAR approach. While the first thing that comes to your mind might be the solar system, STAR actually stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result.
Let’s quickly break it down. First it is important to describe the situation and provide context. Were you working with a team on a school project? Or was it during your summer leadership expedition? Once the scene has been set, it is important to describe what task you have at hand and what the expectation of your role was. This allows you to smoothly transition into the next step: what actions did you take to achieve the tasks at hand and how did you behave when encountering some of the challenges along the way? Finally, show how your actions proved to be successful by explaining the results of your actions. If relevant, you may want to prove this also by communicating numbers and figures.
To illustrate, we have provided a sample answer for you in the Wadhefty question bank.
QUICK FINAL POINTER
As a best practice, consider updating this tool every 2-3 years depending on your speed of promotion and the frequency of changes in experience. Taking my personal experience as a yardstick for comparison, I have updated the tool at least 4 to 5 times over the course of my 5 year career.
Good luck with your tool and make sure to have fun with it!