Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Very good questions. I’ll do my best to answer each of them… The first part of your question (how you can show a company that you’re a critical thinker/good problem-solver) can be addressed by writing a targeted cover letter. Ensure that you’re writing a cover letter specific to the job you’re applying for, not just a generic cover letter. This will give the hiring team some insight to your abilities and your competencies. How to write an effective cover letter is a lengthy topic in itself, so please be sure to research how to write an effective cover letter if you’re not sure.
During the interview, if the employer is asking behavioral-based interview questions, that is a fantastic opportunity to show your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You’ll want to think of recent examples from your internships/work experience and describe 1.) the situation you were in, 2.) the actions you took, and 3.) the result/outcome and key learning's for each question that is asked. Companies typically evaluate candidates from the examples and answers provided during the interview process, and sometimes they'll perform reference checks as well.