Q: How do I prepare for the behavioral interview questions interviewers tend to ask these days?
A: Comb your career for times when you enjoyed an unexpected victory, handled an unforeseen loss or poor result, led a project, or dealt with a situation with a boss or co-worker. These are the kinds of moments that become the focus of the “tell me about…” questions. You needn’t and shouldn’t prepare to talk at length about any of these, but instead be ready to relate cogent examples when asked.
And, as much as you think interviewers want to hear that you were the star and saving grace in each scenario, they don’t. They want to hear how you speak, see that you acknowledge adversity, and know they can count on you in times of challenge. They want to hire an articulate, accomplished attorney and a good team member and colleague, someone who is neither a glory hound nor a blame-fixing apologist.
If you identify moments you might raise and think about how you can discuss them quickly yet meaningfully, you’ll be ready.