Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.

Question: Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.

Strategy and Approach to an Answer:

In behavioral interviewing, the interviewer will ask you to reflect upon you previous work and school experiences. They will ask that you take them through a detailed account as to how a particular situation was handled.

The key to the successful behavioral interview lies in your ability to recount detailed work situations that are directly related to the job you seek.

In preparation for a behavioral interview you should conduct a STAR analysis:

  • S = name a SITUATION facing you or
  • T= a TASK you had to complete
  • A= describe what ACTION you took
  • R= tell the RESULTS of your actions

Prior to any interviews, it is recommended that you should conduct a STAR analysis for each of the core competencies that are required for the position that you are applying for.