By Regina Borsellino
The interview question “Tell me about a time you went above and beyond” can be a golden opportunity for you as a candidate—as long as you prepare ahead of time. At best, this classic behavioral question is a chance to show off one of your greatest accomplishments related to the job you’re interviewing for. At worst, a vague or unfocused answer could leave your interviewer feeling like you’re unmotivated or lazy.
So how do you make sure you nail your answer when you’re telling a story about how you exceeded expectations—and why are you being asked to do it in the first place?
Why Do Interviewers Ask About When You Went Above and Beyond?
When interviewers ask any question, “They are always trying to identify specific skills, competencies, and personality traits that they need to help them fulfill their goal,” says Eloise Eonnet, Muse career coach and founder of Eloquence Coaching. “Tell me about a time you went above and beyond” is no exception. Interviewers want to know that you’ll go the extra mile when you can, specifically in ways that will help them and their team or their company overall. Additionally, this question can show interviewers how motivated you are and whether you’ll settle for mediocre or “good enough” rather than striving for great in your own work, says Muse career coach Steven Davis, owner of Renaissance Solutions Inc.
How Do You Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Went Above and Beyond”?
Here are a few steps to follow to prepare and give an impressive answer…