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  1. 1. Behavioral Interviewing101<br />Preparing for a successful job interview<br />
  2. 2. What Is Behavioral Interviewing?<br />Behavioral interviewing (BI) is considered to be a way to evaluate a candidate’s potential for success by assessing performance in similar situations.<br />Employers believe that past behavior is the best predictor for future success.<br />
  3. 3. What’s the Point?<br />The purpose of BI is to best match the candidate’s skills, competencies and motives with the requirements and success factors of the position.<br />
  4. 4. What Is The Advantage To Behavioral Interviewing? <br />Allows the interviewer to:<br />Gain detailed job-related examples<br />Assess past performance<br />Assess competencies<br />Focus the interview so candidates provide more than just “canned” responses<br />
  5. 5. Can I Prepare For A Behavioral Interview?<br />Yes! In fact, preparing for a behavioral interview will even help you in a traditional interview.<br />Although you cannot predict the exact questions, you can think about your answers to common questions and skill sets employers are looking for. We will get to that soon.<br />
  6. 6. Typically a company determines skill sets by doing a detailed analysis of the position they are hiring for.<br />It is helpful if you do this too in preparation for the interview by asking yourself some questions such as:<br />What are the necessary skills to do this job?<br />What makes a successful candidate?<br />What would make an unsuccessful candidate?<br />What is the most difficult part of this job?<br />This will help you to get a feel for what kinds of questions you may anticipate and what to include in your answers.<br />
  7. 7. Think like an Employer…<br />What skills or qualities are needed for a person to be successful in this position?<br />
  8. 8. Preparing for a Behavioral Interview<br />Examine your past work experiences, and be aware of what highlights your skills, attributes, and accomplishments <br />Practice your stories using real-life examples, have specifics that focus on your involvement<br />Look over skill sets and sample questions here and on suggested websites<br />Know your resume and all your experiences well <br />Be knowledgeable about the job you are applying for<br />
  9. 9. Skills & Desired Behaviors That an Employer May Be Looking for<br />Decision making & problem solving<br />Leadership<br />Motivation<br />Communication <br />Interpersonal skills<br />Planning & organization<br />Critical thinking skills<br />Teamwork<br />Ability to influence others<br />Adaptability<br />Attention to detail<br />Honesty/integrity<br />Energy<br />Independence<br />Listening<br />Organizational<br />Management<br />Risk taking<br />Work standards<br />
  10. 10. Sample Behavioral Interview Questions<br />Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.<br />Tell me about a time when you had to use your persuasion skills to influence someone’s opinion.<br />Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others.<br />What have you done in the past to contribute toward a teamwork environment?<br />
  11. 11. More BI Questions…<br />Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the result was. <br />Give me an example of a time when you had to keep from speaking or making a decision because you did not have enough information.<br />How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?<br />Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet and extricate yourself from a difficult situation.<br />
  12. 12. Tips For Answering BI Questions<br />With each question asked, think through what information is being sought – and provide an example from your own experience<br />Don’t ramble – take a moment to collect your thoughts and organize your answer before replying<br />Try not to say ‘we’ too often – the interviewer wants to know what ‘you’ accomplished specifically<br />Use the STAR interviewing technique<br />
  13. 13. STAR Technique<br />This is a common strategy for preparing for your interview and answering questions<br />Situation – describe the situation that you were in <br />or <br />Task– describe the task that you needed to accomplish<br />Action– describe the action you took<br />Results – What did you accomplish or learn? <br />
  14. 14. S.T.A.R Example<br />Question: Tell me about a project you initiated.<br />Answer:<br />Situation/Task: During my internship last summer I was responsible for managing “ABC” events … I noticed that attendance at these events had dropped by 30% over the past 3 years…<br />Action: I designed a new promotional packet to go out to the local community businesses… collected feedback on our events… organized internal discussions to raise awareness… <br />Result: We utilized ideas from the community, made our internal systems more efficient and visible and raised attendance by 18% the first year.<br />
  15. 15. Web Sources on Behavioral Interviewing<br /><br /><br /><br />You can find helpful interviewing tips on the Career Strategy website:<br /><br />
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