One technique that is used throughout both technical and competency based interviews is that of Behavioural Questioning. This is designed to get practical examples from interviewees as demonstrations of particular skills or competencies.
In order to prepare for this during your interview preparation you should identify examples of situations from your experiences on your CV where you have demonstrated skills and competencies that you feel are relevant to the role – please refer to the Job and/or Person Specification as well as the companies website for these.
During the interview, your responses need to be specific and detailed. Tell them about a particular situation that relates to the question, not a general one. Briefly tell them about the situation, what actions you took, and the positive result or outcome. One proven way to structure your answers is using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result or “STAR”) format (please see below).
Situation or Task: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Action you took: Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did — not the efforts of the team. Don’t tell what you might do, tell what you did.
Results you achieved: What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for keeping fit or quitting smoking. Why not use yours to commit to finding yourself that dream science job in 2010?
Here are some tips to help that New Year’s resolution last longer than any other:
New Year is a great time for reflection, so think about why you really want a new science job. Why is it that you want to move on? Are you satisfied with your career path? What is it that you don’t like about your current job? What do you like about your job?
Be careful not to set yourself unrealistic goals. If you do, you might become demotivated when you don’t achieve those goals.
Revamp your CV with a fresh set of eyes. To help you do so, please click here.
Put the feelers out – tell friends and family that you are in the market for a new science job.
Create a great Linkedin profile. Linkedin is an excellent way for you to create your online brand and essentially showcases your strengths to the world. To help you create a great Linkedin profile that will pave the way to your next science job, click here.
Sign up with a specialist scientific recruitment agency such as CK Science. Our specialist scientific recruitment consultants are dedicated to finding all our candidates the perfect science job for them and will do a lot of the hard work for you!
Focus your job search: Use search engines such as Google and Bing to find your next science job by searching for keywords that match your interests and the location where you would like to be based. By narrowing your search in such a way, your job hunt will be more focused and the search results will be more relevant to you.
Don’t give up! And do stay positive. Your attitude will potentially make the difference between a job offer and a job rejection.
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