Behavioral Interviews

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Behavioral Interviews

  1. 1. How to Have a Successful Behavioral Interview By Nikki Rennalls wece@ece.gatech.edu
  2. 2. Today‟s AgendaIntroduction5 Quick Ways to Improve Your InterviewTraditional vs Behavioral InterviewsHow to Answer Behavior Based QuestionsRole PlayingDo‟s and Donts of InterviewsWECE Reminders
  3. 3. IntroductionWhy host a behavioral interview workshop for the Women of ECE?• Because your first job IS important• Because of the economy• Because you deserve the job of your dreams• Because giving a good interview is easy with practice
  4. 4. 5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Interview• Give a Good Handshake• Make Eye Contact• Sit up Straight• Speak up, speak clearly• Smile!
  5. 5. Traditional Interviews• Hypothetical Situations• Interviewers may probe, they may not• Interviewees may generalize or provide theoretical answers• Straight questions with straight forward answers – Ex. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  6. 6. Behavioral Interviews• Past Situations• Interviewers WILL probe• Interviewers will ask for details• Questions with story anwers – Ex. “Describe a time you had to work on a team?”
  7. 7. How to Answer Behavior Based Questions Describe Explain Share theThink the Your Outcome Situation Actions
  8. 8. Think• What experience is most relevant to the question?• Does this story show me in a good light?• Did my actions directly impact the result?• Is this story appropriate to share with an interviewer? – Does this hurt anyone else?
  9. 9. Describe the Situation• Give a brief back story – Sometimes Unnecessary – “Do not begin with „When dinosaurs roamed the Earth‟” -Michael Laughter• The Problem/Challenge
  10. 10. Explain Your Actions• Be clear about what YOU did• Be honest! – Go ahead, brag about yourself – Watch out for embellishments and untruths – Never lie in an interview
  11. 11. Share the Outcome• Be Honest• Measurements of Success – Rankings, Money, Grades, Stats, etc.• What did you learn?• How would you do things differently?
  12. 12. Role PlayingQuestion 1: Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they werent thrilled about? How did you do it?Question 2: Give me an example of when you took a risk to achieve a goal. What was the outcome?
  13. 13. Interview Do‟s and Don‟tsDo talk about yourselfDo take advantages of silencesDo be honestDo express your interestDo write a thank-youDon‟t leave without asking questionsDon‟t be too casualDon‟t bad-mouth past bosses or colleaguesDon‟t bring anything but you‟re A game
  14. 14. Any Questions? Thank You
  15. 15. WECE Reminders• FIRST Robotics Competition• Career Fair next week• Harris Dinner Tuesday @ 6pm• Northrup-Grunman Lunch Thurs. @ 11• New Service Projects – Local Women‟s Shelter – Relay for Life• Free Donut Fridays

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