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  • 1. Behavioral Interviewing 101 Behavioral Interviewing from the Perspective of the Job Seeker
  • 2. What Is Behavioral Interviewing?
    • Behavioral interviewing (BI) is considered to be a way to evaluate a candidate’s potential for success by assessing performance in similar situations.
    • Employers believe that past behavior is the best predictor for future success.
  • 3. What’s the Point?
    • The purpose of BI is to best match the candidate’s skills, competencies and motives with the requirements and success factors of the position.
  • 4. What Is The Advantage To Behavioral Interviewing?
    • Allows the interviewer to:
    • Gain detailed job-related examples
    • Assess past performance
    • Assess competencies
    • Focus the interview so candidates provide more than just “canned” responses
  • 5. Can I Prepare For A Behavioral Interview?
    • Yes! In fact, preparing for a behavioral interview will even help you in a traditional interview.
    • 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.
  • 6.
    • Typically a company determines skill sets by doing a detailed analysis of the position they are hiring for.
    • It is helpful if you do this too in preparation for the interview by asking yourself some questions such as:
      • What are the necessary skills to do this job?
      • What makes a successful candidate?
      • What would make an unsuccessful candidate?
      • What is the most difficult part of this job?
    • This will help you to get a feel for what kinds of questions you may anticipate and what to include in your answers.
  • 7. Think like an Employer… What skills or qualities are needed for a person to be successful in this position?
  • 8. Preparing for a Behavioral Interview
    • Examine your past work experiences, and be aware of what highlights your skills, attributes, and accomplishments
    • Practice your stories using real-life examples, have specifics that focus on your involvement
    • Look over skill sets and sample questions here and on suggested websites
    • Know your resume and all your experiences well
    • Be knowledgeable about the job you are applying for
  • 9. Skills & Desired Behaviors That an Employer May Be Looking for
    • Decision making & problem solving
    • Leadership
    • Motivation
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Planning & organization
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Teamwork
    • Ability to influence others
    • Adaptability
    • Attention to detail
    • Honesty/integrity
    • Energy
    • Independence
    • Listening
    • Organizational
    • Management
    • Risk taking
    • Work standards
  • 10. Sample Behavioral Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
    • Tell me about a time when you had to use your persuasion skills to influence someone’s opinion.
    • Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others.
    • What have you done in the past to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
  • 11. More BI Questions…
    • Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the result was.
    • 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.
    • How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
    • Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet and extricate yourself from a difficult situation.
  • 12. Tips For Answering BI Questions
    • With each question asked, think through what information is being sought – and provide an example from your own experience
    • Don’t ramble – take a moment to collect your thoughts and organize your answer before replying
    • Try not to say ‘we’ too often – the interviewer wants to know what ‘you’ accomplished specifically
    • Use the STAR interviewing technique
  • 13. STAR Technique This is a common strategy for preparing for your interview and answering questions Situation – describe the situation that you were in or Task – describe the task that you needed to accomplish Action – describe the action you took Results – What did you accomplish or learn?
  • 14. S.T.A.R Example
    • Question: Tell me about a project you initiated.
    • Answer :
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • Result : We utilized ideas from the community, made our internal systems more efficient and visible and raised attendance by 18% the first year.
  • 15. Web Sources on Behavioral Interviewing
    • http://www.brockport.edu/career/behave.htm
    • http://www.quintcareers.com/behavioral_interviewing.html
    • http://www.career.vt.edu/JOBSEARC/interview/Behavioral.htm
    • http://www.umt.edu/career/interviewing/behavior.htm