You know the drill. You’re on an interview completely ready to answer questions like why there’s a gap in your resume and your biggest weakness. What you may not be prepared for are the behavioral-based situational-type questions.
Recruiters typically know that asking these questions provide tremendous insight. With the thinking that past behavior can form a picture of your future behavior, usually they’re completely on board.
And if hiring managers are with the program, too they’ll pull these questions out of their arsenal to fire away.
As the candidate, there’s nothing you need to be worried about other than pausing when you don’t have a clear example to demonstrate. Take a deep breath, gather your thoughts and then share away.
According to Business Insider, there are some commonly asked questions in this arena. Although the piece points to these questions asked by top consulting firms from Vault Consulting 50, who’s to say media companies won’t follow suit?
Here are the top 10 situational-based interview questions from their list:
1. “Please describe your most important leadership experience and the impact that you had as a leader.”
2. “Describe a problem that you would like to tackle at [this firm], why and how would you pursue it.”
3. “If I were to speak to your colleagues from your most recent internship (or friends in school), what would they say about you? What are the strengths and weaknesses they would share?”
4. “Describe a situation where you failed. What did you learn about yourself and how did you change as a result?”
5. “Why our firm instead of your current firm? What do you know about us compared to your firm?”
6. “Tell me about a project that didn’t go well and why and what you would do differently next time?”
7. “How do you quantify a lead?”
8. “Can you describe your brand?”
9. “How have you dealt with low team morale in the past? Provide an example of when you had to give a bad performance review.”
10. “Describe a project which challenged you. Describe a client relationship which was challenging.”