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How would i answer this interview question?
Describe a recent experience in which you did a good job?

Hi Sarah,

This is a common interview question. It helps provide the interview panel with a pretty good idea of how you approach resolving problems and dealing with challenges.  

A good rule of thumb is to think of a couple of examples before you arrive at the interview.  Think of a situation that you are proud of, outline the challenge you were presented with, the action you took, and the result. Remember this with the 'SCAR' acronym #situation, challenge, action, and result#.

Outline the exact situation of the problem. Mention the challenges you identified in the initial analysis of the problem, what could prevent a positive outcome, and how best to approach resolution.  

Outline the actions you took to mitigate risk and lead to a positive outcome.  Then mention the end result, and try to quantify the impact of your decisions through percentages, such as increased customer satisfaction, cost savings, revenue generated, or other types of improvements in the workplace.

By identifying a couple of previous challenges in advance, and practicing how you will answer this question, your responses will exude confidence when you repeat the situation.  

Hope this helps you determine the best way to respond to this question!


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