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Outline your responses to the questions below. Your answers should be relatively consistent across employers but tweaked to the needs of each individual situation. 1. Tell Me About Yourself Your 60-second introduction and general positioning statement are the basis for developing your answer to this question; be sure to highlight your key messages in this opening question to direct the interviewer. 2. Why Should I Hire You? Your answer to this should be related to your answer for “Tell Me About Yourself” and summarize the key messages about yourself that you have consistently articulated during the interview. 3. Why are you interested in this industry/company/position/type of work? This answer should explain your internal motivation, the “why.” Don’t just talk about the benefits that the job can offer to you or your career. 4. Why did you choose Rotman? This question will be particularly important if you are pursuing employment in an area not traditionally associated with Rotman or the GTA. Be sure to present a rational decision making process. 5. Where do you want to be five years from now? 6. What are your long-term career goals as well as short term? 6. Why are you seeking a career change? 8. How have your career goals changed in the last five years? What prompted that change?
SAMPLE BEHVIOURAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
There are five main categories of interview questions: Traditional/Common Questions, Situational Questions (Hypothetical), Technical Questions (Job/Role Specific), Case-based Questions, and Scenario-based, Behavior/Competency Based Questions. This section will provide examples of behavioural interview questions that have been grouped under key employment characteristics. The STAR (Situation, Task, Action and Result) is the primary framework used when answering behavioural interview questions. More information can be found on the STAR Method in the MBA Interviewing Essentials presentation. It is recommend you think of atleast two situations for each question, as recruiters will sometimes prompt for additional examples. Please note that the sample behavioural questions provided below can fall within more than one group.
What experience do you have in working in a fast-paced environment? Do you anticipate any difficulties? Describe a situation that would demonstrate your ability to work under pressure. Our department is fast-paced. and explain how you dealt with it. Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem. . Leadership Tell me about a time when you really believed in your idea. What did you do? Tell me about a time when you demonstrated leadership. Tell us about a time when you were asked to submit a report that due to time and resource constraints. Risk Give us an example of the greatest risk you have taken. Describe the greatest risk that you’ve taken which resulted in failure. Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead. Project Management Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively. The assignment is in conflict with an assignment that was given to you by the supervisor’s boss. compromised quality? Describe a politically sensitive situation that you were in and how you handled the situation. Tell us about a time when you failed to meet a deadline.Time Management Tell us about the time that you found yourself the busiest in your life. Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills. How will you handle these assignments? Judgment Give us a situation that illustrates your good judgment. but your boss didn't buy it. Tell us about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks. Give me an example of when you were able to meet the personal and professional (or academic) demands in your life yet still maintained a healthy balance. Provide us with an example of how you have asserted yourself in a high pressure situation or in an emergency? Your supervisor has given you a rush assignment. Tell us about a time that you had to meet a very tight deadline and how did you handle it.
Persuasion . Recall a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. What was the impact of the change on you? Tell us about a change you brought about in your last role? Decision Making Describe a time of when you were in crisis. what steps did you take to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome? What one step would you have done differently if given the chance? Tell me about a time when your project took an unexpected turn and how you handled that situation. Describe two different situations in which you have had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem. How did you overcome this? Tell me about the most challenging problem you have faced in the last year. What do you do when you are faced with an obstacle in an important project? Give an example. Recall a time when you were assigned what you considered to be a complex project. We can sometimes identify a small problem and fix it before it becomes a major problem. Change Management Tell me about a time when you had to change your approach or analysis. Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to solve a problem. What did you do and what was your role in it? Tell me about a bad decision you have made and what did you learn from it? Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.Describe the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative. What was the nature of the problem? How did you handle that situation? How did that make you feel? Give us an example of your ability to make decisions under pressure. Give an example(s) of how you have done this. Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures. Tell me about a time when you had to change your approach in the middle of a project or assignment. Were you content with the end result or disappointed? How comfortable are you in making such quick decisions? Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision. Specifically.
What.others prefer the role of individual contributor. Tell us about a successful team of which you were a member of. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others. Tell of a time when you worked with a colleague who was not completing his or her share of the work. Tell about a time when you built rapport quickly with someone under difficult conditions. Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree. have you ever had to discipline or counsel an employee or group member? What was the nature of the discipline? What steps did you take? How did that make you feel? How did you prepare yourself? Some people work best as part of a group -. Have you ever worked on a team or with a boss that you had difficulty getting along with? Tell me about that situation. and how you managed to work with that person. did you tell or talk to about it? What steps if any were taken to correct your colleague? What was your role in this? In a supervisory or group leader role. How would you describe yourself? Describe a situation in which you were required to work with people at various levels within your organization. Tell us about the most difficult or frustrating individual that you've ever had to work with. What was the most outstanding characteristic of that team? What did you contribute to the team? Describe a time when you took leadership during a team project. in your opinion. Relationship Management Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or coworker. if anyone. Tell us about a situation in which you only would have succeeded as part of a team effort as opposed to an individual effort. Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others. Who. Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way. What was the most important step that you took to work effectively with these people? Analytical Skills . are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships? Working with Others/Teamwork Tell me an example of when you have had a conflict with your group members.
Tell me an example of when you used your analytical skills to solve a problem. Describe a project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What would you have done differently? Give us two examples of your ability to deal with detail accurately. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. What did you do about it? Tell us about a time when your work was criticized. Tell me about your greatest success. What did you learn from that experience? Work Style/Work Ethic Tell me an example of when you used creative thinking to add value. Describe a situation where you felt you had not communicated well. Tell me about your biggest failure. Tell us about your analytical skills. What did you do/how did you handle it? . Communication Skills Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone's opinion. Describe two examples of when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it. Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low). What steps do you take when analyzing a complex problem? Tell us about a particular difficult problem that you analyzed and what was your recommendation? Tell us about a situation where the analysis that you performed was incorrect. Describe a situation where you exceeded expectations. Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish ultimately failed. How did you correct the situation? Describe a time when you had to use your written communication skills to get an important point across. What was the most difficult question you’ve fielded during a public speaking engagement? What was the most challenging presentation that you’ve made? How well did you meet the challenge? Tell us about the worst presentation that you’ve ever made. Describe a situation where the results did not turn out as you anticipated.
Tell me about a situation where you used your outside contacts to advance in your career or position. Give us an example of your ability to be a self-starter. Resourcefulness Tell me about a time when you had to use your network to solve a problem. Tell us about a time when you had to do something/make a decision in your professional career that was against your personal moral/ethical standards. Tell us about a situation that would illustrate to us how much your coworkers trust you and an example of how much your supervisor trusts you. Describe a situation where you were honest and your honesty worked against you. What would you have done differently? . Give two examples of things you've done in previous jobs or school that demonstrate your willingness to work hard. Integrity Related to us the last time you dealt with an ethical question on the job and how did you handle the situation? Tell us about a situation that would exemplify your integrity. Creativity Describe a situation in your professional and/or academic experience in which you came up with a creative solution to a problem. Describe a time when you took personal accountability for a conflict and initiated contact with the individual(s) involved to explain your actions.One of the requirements for this job is to be a self-starter.
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