For two companies now, I've had asynchronous video interviews where the questions they ask you seem vague as hell with regards to whether they expect a specific example from your life. They don't tell you that they expect specific examples or tell you it's a STAR interview like some companies do, they ask you wide open questions like "Do you think that following rules as an electrical engineer is important?"
Are you meant to talk so they can judge your communication and BSing skills, or do they genuinely want a specific example?
They're asynchronous video interviews, so you don't have anyone to ask straight after you hear the questions. I've had two like these, (one yesterday and the other previously), and also another video interview where they were more transparent in what they expected.
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- 02-11-2015 15:06
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- 03-11-2015 16:27
The vast majority of interview questions will require an answer with a specific example - perhaps a way you could tackle the question you've mentioned could be the following:
Q: "Do you think that following rules as an electrical engineer is important?"
A: 'Yes - following the rules is important because X, Y, Z. This was demonstrated to me when...*STAR technique answer*
Or A: No - I don't believe following the rules is important because X, Y, Z. This was demonstrated to me when...*STAR technique answer*
Whether or not an interview question is obviously a competency question, the employer will always be looking for examples that demonstrate your skill set using real-life examples. If you want more help on preparing for interviews, we've got loads of advice over on Milkround here.
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