Interviewers use Behavioral Interview questions to garner information from your past experience in order to predict your future success on the job. Behavioral interview questions help the interviewer to gather evidence of strength in critical behaviors (also known as competencies) important for the job you are applying for. How the Behavioral Interview Works During this type of interview, the hiring manager will ask you to provide specific examples of how you handled past situations, they will then ask probing follow up questions to identify the behaviors you exhibited. The interviewer will then use this information to predict how you are likely to behave in similar situations in the future. Questions usually begin with: – Describe a situation were you were involved in….. – Give me an example of a time when you did xyz…… – Talk to me about when you were under pressure doing xyz……… The interviewer will then use your answer to these very open questions to probe the area deeper, so that they can get as full a picture as possible as to what you did in a particular situation. The questions are designed to pinpoint specific behaviors you demonstrated and gather evidence around them: Expect typical follow up questions to look like this: – So, who else was involved in that? – So, what did you do next? – Why did you choose that option and not the first option? When answering these types of questions it is wise to focus on the specifics of each situation rather than answer the question in general terms, this allows the interviewer to gather more evidence and award you extra points. The best way to do this is to frame your answers using the STAR method. This method is described further in behavioral interview questions and answers. In the behavioral interview, questions can be framed to elicit either positive or negative responses. For example “can you provide an example of when things went well” is a question designed to elicit a positive response, whereas “can you provide an example of when things did not go as planned” is an example of a question designed to elicit a negative response. It is absolutly crucial for you to be aware of wheter or not the question is attempting to draw you into a positive or negative response, because this will determine how you respond to the question. Take a look at the examples below to become familiar with the two different types of questions: Examples of Positively Framed Behavioral Questions: – Describe a time when you used your influencing skills to successfully influence an outcome? – Describe a tough decision you had to make? – Describe a time when an innovative idea you had worked out well? – Talk to me about how you plan and prioritise your day? – Describe how you get other team members to come on board to your ideas? Examples […]
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