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Prepare for job interview, behavioral-type questions, K-State expert advises

When interviewing for a job, beware of behavioral interview questions, a career expert at Kansas State University says.

"Behavioral-style interview questions are very common and can be quite challenging if you aren’t anticipating them or haven’t prepared in advance, because the employer is asking you to give specific examples," said Mary Ellen Barkley, assistant director of the university’s career and employment services.

Barkley says behavioral-style questions typically begin with phrases such as, "tell me about a time when," "give me an example of" or "describe a situation when."

Job applicants should consider the skills the employer is seeking for the specific position and think of specific stories that demonstrate that he or she has those skills.

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