It is great when you land an interview, but it is also stressful to know how to prepare for it. And while searching, “common interview questions” can give you some ideas, you want to be prepared for the questions that relate directly to the job you are being interviewed for.

The four-step method of using index cards to write and practice Behavioural Descriptive Interview (BDI) questions.

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 says: – 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.

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 at this interview question generator. 

About the #66careercards series: I am answering 66 career and job search questions and how they can be solved using a simple index card. Are you struggling in your job search or career? Ask me a question below or privately, and I’ll help you out.