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What You Need to Know About Situation Interviews (Interview Advice)

What You Need to Know About Situational Interviews


What is a Situational Interview?


A situational interview is a type of job interview in which the applicant is asked to explain how they would handle various hypothetical scenarios related to the job they are interested in. This type of interview is used to assess how suitable the applicant would be for the job, instead of focusing on what they have already done. The benefits of a situational interview are that it provides a more comprehensive understanding of how a candidate might handle real-world scenarios. It also allows an employer to see the creative ways a candidate may tackle a problem. This type of interview can also reveal how self-confident and honest a candidate may be, as well as their ability to think on their feet.




As situational interviews are used to assess how you would handle different scenarios, it is important to answer each question honestly and creatively. Be sure to practice typical interview questions such as ‘Tell me about yourself’, ‘What is your greatest strength?’, and ‘Why should we hire you?’. In addition to preparing answers to questions, it is also important to prepare prior questions for the interviewer to demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm for the job.


During the Interview

It is important to make a good first impression during a situational interview, as this can be a make or break moment. Make sure to dress appropriately and give a strong handshake. It is important to listen to each question carefully to ensure you are answering correctly. Do not be afraid to ask clarifying questions to make sure you are giving an appropriate answer. Honesty is key when answering questions and demonstrating how you would handle hypothetical scenarios during the interview. Be sure to remain positive throughout and provide examples, while showing enthusiasm.


After the Interview

When the interview is finished, it is important to write a thank you letter, and ask for feedback. This shows your interest in the job and provides you with the chance to improve for any future interviews.



Situational interviews are important for employers seeking to find the best person for the job. It is important to do your research ahead of time to ensure you are adequately prepared and show enthusiasm, honesty, and positivity during the interview. After the interview it is important to follow up with a thank you letter and constructive feedback.

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