If you have a behavioral interview coming up, well then, you are in the right place. Because today, I am going to help you pass it and here's how. I'm going to cover with you my 5 best tips and Strategies for Passing Behavioral Interviews.
What is a behavioral interview? It sounds like someone is getting into your head and they're testing your behavior. Well, in a way they kind of are. You see, employers use behavioral interviews to determine your core competencies. So, what the heck our core competencies?
Core competencies are the things that you are really good at doing and these are the things that help you do your job. So, employers are going to test you on your core competencies. They're going to test you to make sure that you know how to do the job and they're going to do that by asking you a series of questions that are going to force you to give them examples of how you have done your job or how you would do your job; that's what they are and that's why they use them. They are very powerful and they help employers weed out the weak candidates and focus in on finding only the strong candidates; the ones who know how to do the job. Make sense; right?
If you were an employer; if you were interviewing candidates, wouldn't you want to do the same thing? I thought so. So, on any job interview, whether it's a behavioral job interview or not, you can expect at least 40% of the questions to be of the behavioral type; where they dig in deep and they test your core competencies. It might be a little bit more, it might be a little less. Sometimes, I've heard of interviews being 100% behavioral, but I've never actually seen one.
If there’s one thing you can guarantee about interviews, it’s that you’re going to get asked a behavioral interview question or two.
You may have heard them called competency and situational interview questions before. They’re essentially all the same thing.
They are basically used to assess you on a variety of skills and characteristics, based on your history and previous actions.
The major difference between standard job interview questions and behavioral interview questions is that you’re required to answer in a lot of detail – and you have to give real life examples to back up everything you say.
The allow the interviewer to focus on key characteristics with laser-like precision, and as I’ll show you, with the use of follow-up questions, they’re a tool that doesn’t let you off the hook until you’ve given a full and detailed answer.
You’ll definitely recognise them. They usually start with something like:
- “...describe a situation when…”
- “...tell me about a time when…”
- or “...give me an example of when…”
...and you’ll be scored on your answers, usually by some kind of hidden criteria.
The most important thing you need to remember when answering behavioral interview questions is to not leave out any information when you answer. Give as full an answer as you possibly can.
Behavioral questions are really tricky and they tend to trip unprepared candidates up, which is why I’ve created this video. I’m hoping it’ll help you to get them right.
In the video I cover the following:
#1. What Is A Behavioral or Competency Interview Question? [0:35]
#2. The Best Way To Answer Behavioral Questions [2:35]
#3. Example Behavioral Questions And Scenarios [4:34]
#4. Using the STAR Method For Yourself [7:59]
#5. In Summary [9:46]