How to Answer Questions in a Structured Oral Interview

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Answer questions in a structured oral interview by describing the situation, stating the objective, giving examples and showing the positive end results for the company. When answering a job interview question, spend the most time talking about how your actions proved positive results with advice from a professional resume writer and interview skills coach in this free video on job interviews.

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The best indicator of future performance is past performance. This is a key tenant to structured interviewing, or also called behavioral interviewing. Hi, I'm Shannon Terry. I'm an interview skills coach and resume writer with Resume Confidence here to help you answer questions in a structured interview. What a structured interview actually is is an interview in which they ask the same series of questions in the same order to all the participants and then the interviewers score your answers. The point here is to try to be fair to all of you, asking the same things. What they are looking for is specific examples of your skills and experience. In effect, by asking you for these stories, you are proving your skills and experience by explaining in detail these examples. Your answers all need to have the following information, kind of a structured answer, right, for a structured interview. First, give a description of the situation: when I was a...give a job title, at such and such company, here's what I was faced with. Something like that. Next, state your objective. What was it you were supposed to accomplish. After that, make sure you spend most of the time in your, in your answer talking about your action. What did you do? These prove your skills and experience and therefore what you can actually do in the future as well. Lastly, but also very important, make sure you explain in detail the positive end results for the company and of course, the client. Every employer wants to know how you made something better for your fu, your past rather, your past employers. I'm Shannon Terry, an interview skills coach and resume writer with Resume Confidence, helping you answer questions in a structured interview.


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