Though the general purpose of a job/fellowship/program/internship/etc. interview has not changed, the types of questions you may be asked are expanding.
Traditional interviewing calls upon the candidate to state opinions: “Tell me about yourself.” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Why do you want to work for this company?” By contrast, behavioral interviewing requires job candidates to relate stories about how they handled challenges related to the skill sets the company requires for the position. – Jeanne Knight
Here are a few articles about behavioral interviews, including question and response examples.
- Acing the Behavioral Interview, by Jeanne Knight
- Behavioral Interviews, by Alison Doyle
- Behavioral Interviewing, Career Services Center, University of Delaware
- How to Behave in Behavioral Interviews, The Undercover Recruiter
Please remember that in an interview, there is no right or wrong answer to a question. Your focus should be on demonstrating who you are, what you can do, and how well you fit with the position and organization.
Don’t forget to be yourself …a well-prepared and confident version of yourself. 🙂