Michael Kingston, freelancer | February 13, 2014
The behavioral interview is increasingly used by employers as a key part of the hiring process.
A traditional interview will typically involve questions such as, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “Why do you want to leave your current role?”
The behavioral interview will focus on how candidates perform in given situations. The premise for the behavioral interview is that past performance predicts future behavior — i.e., how you performed in a previous job will inform the employer of your suitability for the current role.
Behavioral interview questions are normally preceded with “Give me an example of …” or “Tell me about a time when…” The questions will focus on characteristics such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving and so on. It is essential to be prepared to explain what you did, what you said and how you felt.
Examples of behavioral interview questions
How to respond to these types of questions
A popular way of preparing responses to behavioral interview questions is the “STAR method:”
You may find the following helpful to prepare your answers using the STAR method:
In a behavioral interview, there are no right or wrong answers. The hiring manager is simply trying to assess whether you are a good fit for the company by understanding how you will behave in a given situation. The key is to listen carefully, provide specific answers and, above all, to be honest.
Michael Kingston is a top industry hiring manager with more than 18 years of experience. He is also the author of the best-selling Pass The Job Interview guide.