Have you ever been in a job interview and been asked for an example of how you handled a certain situation, only to draw a blank?  It may be a problem you’ve handled many times in the past, but you can’t think of a single example!  And the interview takes a nosedive, never to recover.

Many job-seekers write off the experience to just a case of nerves.  But it could be a lack of preparation!  Here’s a very simple 3-step exercise that will help you prepare for those tricky behavioural interview questions.


Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle, from top to bottom.


On the left side of the page, make a list of all the subjects for which you think the interviewer may ask for examples.  Don’t forget to think of “negative” questions; many interviewers will want to know how you handle failure, so be ready for those topics, too.  The job description may give you some additional ideas of what the interviewer may ask.


On the right side of the page, make a corresponding list of experiences that match the topics on the left side.  Take time to visualize the details of each scenario as they played out.  But don’t write out the entire example, just write something that will jog your memory, such as the date and who was involved, maybe a basic outline of the problem.

This is purely a memory exercise, so that when you’re in the interview being asked for examples, you won’t have to come up with them on the spot.  When it comes to actually telling your stories, stick with the STAR structure, outlined here: https://www.sclsearch.com/whats-the-star-structure/

Looking for more interview tips? Check SCLSearch.com for more ideas, or take a look at our jobs page to see what opportunities we have available. Connect with us on LinkedIn. And let’s see if we can help you find that perfect opportunity in supply chain and logistics.

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