It is great when you land a job interview, but then you get stressed preparing for it. And while searching, “common job interview questions” can give you ideas, you want to be prepared for the questions that relate directly to the job you are being interviewed for.

Here is my four-step method of using index cards to write and practice Behavioural Descriptive Interview (BDI) questions. (I share this is fuller detail in the Last Minute Interview Prep Pack)

Here’s how:

1. Grab about 10 index cards and write “tell me about” on each card.

2. Go through the job ad and for each requirement they have, form it into a BDI style question.

For example, if the job ad reads: – Meet with departmental staff as required to assist in issue analysis and development of communications plans

You would write on your index card: Tell me about a time you assisted staff in issue analysis and developing a communications plan.

Do this for each of the main bullet points.

3. After you are done, write a solid answer on the back of the card.

(I recommend the SOAR method, which I walk through in the Interview course).

4. Have a friend or family member ask you the interview questions, treating them like job interview flashcards.

Another great resource for sample BDI questions can be found in this interview question generator. 

Happy interview preparation.