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Old 02-17-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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This past Friday, I had an interview with three different people (All potential co-workers or superiors) at a company. For the most part, I tried using different answers when their situation based questions overlapped, but I did use some of the same answers.

Fast forward to today, I had a phone interview (With HR). I pretty much did the same thing and used mostly new answers, but I did repeat one answer.

Tomorrow I have my final interview with the SVP of the department. Should I continue re-using some answers or should I come up with an entirely new set of answers for the situation based questions?

Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:38 AM
 
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Use the answer that is appropriate for the question. Changing answers for the same question means you do not know what you are doing.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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If they are asking for examples of "Tell me a time when" and want you to discuss a scenario I would try to come up with new examples. Otherwise what Joe said
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:23 AM
 
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If they are asking for examples of "Tell me a time when" and want you to discuss a scenario I would try to come up with new examples. Otherwise what Joe said
My question was specifically towards scenario based questions similar to "Tell me a time when".

I feel like if I give the same answers to now 5 people, they'll think I am scripted and cannot think on my feet.
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Old 02-17-2016, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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My question was specifically towards scenario based questions similar to "Tell me a time when".

I feel like if I give the same answers to now 5 people, they'll think I am scripted and cannot think on my feet.
Hiring managers are often scripted, too. I've only experienced a handful who haven't read questions to me right off of a sheet. Take that piece of paper away from them and we'll see how well they can think on their feet when asking questions.

I agree with JoefromDayton. It can be intimidating and/or frustrating giving the same answers repeatedly, but its best to be consistent with what you say. Always remain consistent and confident. You can also spice things up a bit. For example, you can give your answer and then twist it by saying what you would do should something similar or different happen in the future, based upon your past experience with the scenario.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:54 PM
 
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My question was specifically towards scenario based questions similar to "Tell me a time when".

I feel like if I give the same answers to now 5 people, they'll think I am scripted and cannot think on my feet.
If five people are asking you the same questions then it is they who are scripted and cannot think on their feet.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:05 PM
 
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This past Friday, I had an interview with three different people (All potential co-workers or superiors) at a company. For the most part, I tried using different answers when their situation based questions overlapped, but I did use some of the same answers.

Fast forward to today, I had a phone interview (With HR). I pretty much did the same thing and used mostly new answers, but I did repeat one answer.

Tomorrow I have my final interview with the SVP of the department. Should I continue re-using some answers or should I come up with an entirely new set of answers for the situation based questions?

Thanks!
They will be asking you the same questions over and over which makes the interview a bit easier although tiresome! Just answer the same...why change it up? Just don't sound like you were rehearsing either.
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Old 02-19-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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Simply tell them, "as I told interviewer X, the best example of the time that I overcame this hurdle is..." Then go on to give the same story again.
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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Simply tell them, "as I told interviewer X, the best example of the time that I overcame this hurdle is..." Then go on to give the same story again.
^^This. I think when they ask the same questions they are looking for inconsistencies in your stories/answers which points to an integrity issue and could be a deal-breaker.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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Expect that interviewers will compare notes so being consistent across all differents interviewers is a plus. Keep one or two stories max if they keep asking you the same questions.
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