Behavioral Interview

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What is a behavioral interview?

A behavioral interview is a type of interview whereby the interviewer focuses on what the applicant has done in the past. The interviewer will ask the job applicant to talk about his or her past behavior in order to know whether or not the job applicant is the right person for the job.

Behavioral interview Vs. traditional interview?

In behavioral interview, the interviewer will ask the job applicant to talk about what they have done in the past, how they did it, and the outcomes as a result of the action the applicant took. Behavioral interview questions are not straightforward; they require that the job applicant to show what they have done in the past. Behavioral interview questions are asked to investigate or to find out what the job applicant has done in the past. Behavioral interview questions are asked to find out important facts, characteristics, and skills that the interviewers know are important to get the job done.

Behavioral interview questions ask:

How you did something in the past, not how you are going to do it in the future.

You about your actual experiences.

You to provide examples of what you have done before, how you did it, where you did it, and the outcomes.

Samples of behavioral interview questions

  1. Tell me about a time when you had to present a report to your manager
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an uncooperative co-worker. How did you handle the situation?
  3. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an unhappy client. How did you handle the situation?
  4. Tell me about a situation where you had to do something under pressure.
  5. Tell me about a time when your boss didn’t like your work. What did you do, and how did you handle the situation?

Finally, behavioral interview questions are not subjective, they are objective. When answering them, make sure your answers are based on real-life examples.

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How To Use The STAR Formula To Organize Your Job Interview Answers

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If you want to ACE your job interview, you must be ready for it. You must prepare to give it all your best. Because so many job applicants don’t know what to expect from the interviewer, most applicants feel stressed out just to think about the interview.

As a job applicant, you can’t prepare for everything, but you can be ready by doing your research. If not, answering the interview questions will be a challenge for you. Make sure you study the job to know what skills are needed to do the job well if hired.

To do well, use the STAR formula to organize your behavioral interview answers.

So, what is STAR?

S= Situation: when you talk about situation, make sure you talk about a situation you were a part of that produced a positive result. Give an example of a positive situation, not a negative situation.

T= Tasks: You will talk about the tasks involved in the situation you mentioned above. Keep it concise, clean, and clear.

A= Action: this is the action stage. In this stage, you should talk about the actions you took in the situation’s tasks. What did you do? How did you do it?

R= Results: talk about the outcomes as a result of your action or actions.

When answering these questions, make sure your answers are brief and direct. Do not play around with your answers. If you do that, you are not helping yourself; you are making your case worse.