Question 1: Tell me about yourself
This is a classic warm-up question, designed to break the ice.
However, the person viewing your video also actually wants to hear about you in your own words!
The best way to answer this is to not read off your CV! Many people make that mistake, and if you don’t, you are already ahead of quite a few applicants.
Make sure your answer is an executive summary of yourself and your career. It doesn’t have to go into details of each job or assignment you had or move in chronological order.
As long as the interviewer can place your overall career, aspirations, and style quickly, you will have accomplished your goal for this question.
“(Situation & Task) While working as an Investment Analyst with Company XYZ, I was responsible for supporting the Investment Management team through research and strategic recommendations. During the pandemic, we began to find that regulations were becoming more stringent, and investment banks were required to have greater safeguards against compliance breaches. This situation presented an excellent opportunity for our small firm to explore a more robust, more efficient tech stack. (Action) I began to research new tools, processes, and systems to boost our teams efficiencies and safeguard us through a better-consolidated system. After a couple of weeks, I made solid recommendations to the Investment Management team. (Result) By spotlighting the upside of greater efficiencies and added security, I initiated smart and responsible change within the firm. My manager was very pleased with my initiative, and today, the firm has stronger processes for managing regulatory reporting demands.”
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This question presents the opportunity for you to be a storyteller. Using the STAR method, form an engaging story-based response that showcases your proudest accomplishment. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Telling a story about your most significant achievement will give the decision-makers a definite idea of what matters to you. Your reply should also spotlight why your past accomplishments indicate future success. Show the hiring company more about your personality, work ethic, diligence, and what motivates you. Its okay to brag a bit when answering this question but remain confident vs. arrogant. You should be proud of yourself for what youve accomplished so far.
Question 3: Tell me about a time you had to deliver disappointing news
This is another question where we need to take a second look at the question.
The actual question here is “are you proactive?”.
Think about it – what happens when you tell your boss that something bad happened? Assuming you have or had a good boss, their reply is usually “well, how do we fix it?” or even “great, have you fixed it already?”.
That is the answer that your interviewer is looking for.
So when answering this question make sure to explain how you delivered the bad news but also explain how you were one step ahead and already thought up of a plan to turn things around.