If you are asked the question "Can you provide an example when you've had to lead a team or otherwise take the initiative?" You're being asked a behavioral interview question. This question is just like any other question that starts with "Tell me about a time when." For any behavioral question, your answer needs to be structured as a story. There are a number of frame works to help you create this story. Most of the go by acronyms, like SOAR, STAR, PAR, or TAR. All these frameworks basically give you step by step process for you to tell your story. For instance, the STAR framework stands for STAR - Situation Task Action Results. So for the S situation basically is where you outline the who, what, where, when. Why was generally going on at the situation at the time. Then you talk about the Task, specifically what were you required to do. Then you look at the Actions that you took step one you did this step two you did that, next you did this. And finally, you look at the Results. What actually happened because of the work that you put in? How are things better off because of the work that you did? Especially a question that asks about leadership or initiative, they really want to see the results that you have produced on the job.
Getting the answer is important but not the be all and end all. What they are really watching is your thought process. In all technical questions be sure to explain your reasoning and state all assumptions you make.
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