Behavioral interviewing is a technique employed by interviewers to evaluate your past behavior in order to predict your future behavior in a particular employment-related situation. The technique is based on the premise that a person’s past performance on the job is the best predictor of the future performance. In this type of interview, it is important for you to be able to give specific “real life” examples of how you behaved in situations relating to the questions.
Rather than just gathering information about you, the interviewer wants to know how you handled a situation. Behavioral interview questions will be more focused than a traditional approach.
In order to prepare properly for a behavioral interview, it is a good idea to come prepared with some strong examples of what makes you the best and brightest candidate for the role you are applying. Be able to illustrate times when you have successfully solved problems or performed memorably.
The Dahill Group website offers tips for behavioral interviewing. Be sure to include these points in any answer to a behavioral interview question:
• How did you approach the situation given?
• What was your strategic thinking or analysis?
• What was the end result or impact?
• What did you take away from the result? What have you changed about your actions, thinking, and process?
• Did you apply your lessons from the experiences you share- immediately or over time?
Show the interviewer the “can do” and “will do” of your history, specifically as they relate to the role for which you’re being considered. Reflect on your recognitions, achievements, and moments in your career where you shined.