Everyone has to do these things- and you will simply sound like all the other applicants if you discuss mundane issues.
Be Specific About the Research: Behavioral interview questions will be used to predict your future behavior- and if you fail to provide a detailed answer- the interviewer may infer that you have never had to use your research skills.
Employers want to hear every single detail in regards to your behavior- so avoid generalities and vague examples.
If you solved a problem that perplexed others- your answer will seem even more impressive.
Use the STAR Method: STAR is an acronym used to describe a technique for answering behavioral interview questions.
By answering behavioral questions- you will have the opportunity to show the interviewer the personal traits that make you the best candidate for the job.
Depending on the interviewer- the question above may be rephrased as ‘Can you describe a time when your research skills helped you solve a problem?
Whatever example you decide to use- just be sure that it is relevant to the job and the industry at hand.
If you are interviewing for your first professional job- it is acceptable to use a situation related to school or volunteer work.
Keep in mind that you are interviewing for a job and that you will need to show your employer you have skills that will benefit the company.
For example- if you work in the medical field- you can discuss the time you identified a patient’s illness by analyzing body tissue in a lab.