Career Advice

Interview Question: Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.

When asked the above question, “your interviewer wants to get a glimpse of how you will react to the conflict. It may seem like a nice and pleasant person at the interview, but what happens if you are hired and Gladys at Compliance starts facing him personally,” says Skills. Again, you’ll want to use the S-T-A-R method, focusing on how you deal professionally and productively with the situation and ideally ending up with a happy ending, such as how you came to a decision or compromise.

What other companies did you put in for job with?

Companies ask about this for a number of reasons, from wanting to know what your competition is, to finding out if you are serious about the industry. “Often the best approach is to mention that you are exploring a number of other similar options in the company’s industry,” says jobseeker Alison Doyle. “It’s useful to note that the common feature of all the jobs you claim is the ability to apply some of the critical abilities and skills that you possess. For example, you could say, “I’m applying for a number of positions at a consulting company, where I can analyze the needs of customers and transfer them to development teams to find solutions to technological problems.