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Practice Hiring Interview

Test your interview skills with the Interview Coach's Virtual Interview. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers to The Virtual Interview.

As you go through this virtual exercise, keep track of whether you are choosing the strongest of the answers. You may be in need of an Interview Workout with The Interview Coach. Click on an answer to choose the answer that best reflects the way you would respond in an actual interview situation.

Test your interview skills with the Interview Coach's Virtual Interview. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers to The Virtual Interview. As you go through this virtual exercise, keep track of whether you are choosing the strongest of the answers. You may be in need of an Interview Workout with The Interview Coach.

Click on an answer below to choose the answer that best reflects the way you would respond in an actual interview situation.

 "Describe a time when you had to adapt to a new situation." What answer actually answers the question? Which answer should you be wary of? Are there any Red Flags?

Answer A

I've become quite accustomed to new situations in the IT industry. I have been laid off twice in the last five years. In fact, one of the companies closed the doors as we walked out. I've had to accept the fact that not all start-up companies are going to make it.

 

 The Weakest Answer

(A) This answer doesn't show how this person adapted to something that was within his control. It is not a bad answer because there was adapting to a new job when he was laid off, but he did not adapt to a situation where his actions would have made a difference.

This answer is more about accepting and moving on than it is adapting. Anyone can get laid off and adapt to not getting a paycheck, but what they did to take control of a situation is more important.

You will need to probe for more information about how this person adapted to the new situation. A red flag to watch for is not so much that this person is being laid off, but the decisions he has been making about the companies he has chosen. Did he do research before he accepted the job? Would he have accepted the job if he had known the facts he needed to know about the company? You will want to find out if this person thrives on new situations and challenges or if he has just had a run of bad luck. In other words, how long is he going to stick around?

Answer B

My military background has prepared me for this part of any job. When you have been on call day and night and responsible for your unit's safety you learn to be adaptable and flexible. Being flexible in the service is not only necessary it is mandatory. I bring that same set of skills and sense of urgency to any job. I do whatever it takes to get the job done.

 

The Mediocre Answer

(B) While this is a good example it is a mediocre answer because it does not give an example of a specific time. You get a sense of the adaptability of this person and that they have experienced responding to new and unexpected situations but you will need to hear a specific example to ensure that this is not talk with no action. In other words, is this a tale instead of an example?

Answer C

I was on call 24/7 one weekend and when the phone rang on Sunday morning I knew there was a problem. Sure enough, there was a main frame that went down. The first thing I did was to cancel my plans for the day. I responded to the call within one hour. I teamed up with three technicians to get the system up and running before morning. We each had a responsibility but worked as a unit. We stayed until 2:00 a.m. When the employees arrived at work that morning no one was aware there had been a problem. We got high kudos for responding so quickly.

The Strongest Answer

The Strongest Answer (C) This is the strongest answer because it answers the question with a specific example of adapting to a situation. As the interviewer you can hear how flexible this candidate is when she describes canceling plans and getting to the scene within an hour. This answer also shows how well this person works with others. This person's willingness to stay until 2:00 a.m. should convince you that this person is dedicated to getting the job done.