Having a successful interview is an important part to landing a job. And while you are often asked about your experiences, it is common to be faced with behavioral-based questions during interviews so managers can better understand how you have handled various work situations in the past.
What is behavior-based interviewing?
Behavioral-based interviewing focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities in your past that usually relate to the job you are applying for. It is based on the belief that past behavior and performance predicts future behavior and performance. You may use work experience, activities, hobbies, volunteer work, school projects, family life – anything really – as examples of your past behavior.
Examples of behavior-based questions
Behavior questions vary in what they are trying to accomplish. Some work to show your interpersonal communication skills, while others can pertain to how you manage time. Here are a few questions hiring managers have used in the past to help get you started:
Responding to Behavioral Based Questions
The STAR method is a structured format for responding to behavioral-based interview questions with previous job, extra-curricular or volunteer experience. This method is utilized by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.
Follow all parts of the STAR method to successfully answer these questions. Be as specific as possible without rambling or including too much information. Individuals often need to be prompted to include their results, so try to add that without being asked. Also, showcase examples where you displayed positive results, However, keep in mind that some examples that have a negative result (such as “lost the game”) can highlight your strengths in the face of adversity.
Tips on Preparing for a Behavioral Interview
If you can practice this formula when answering behavioral-based questions, hiring managers will see your ability to excel in your role. Just like any new skill, practice goes a long way so start brainstorming answers for you to be one step closer to getting the job of your dreams.
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