We hear all kinds of horror stories about interviews these days, but you have to go through an one in order to get a job. Here is a technique that has become very popular because it focuses on what you actually did on your job that was relevant to the current position available.
First: What it behavioral interviewing?
Behavioral event interviewing refers to a method of gathering data about your performance during an interview that involves discussion of exactly how you reacted in a given situation in the past. It is meant to demonstrate your past performance as an indicator of how you will do once you are on the job. This approach is supposed to get to the heart of how you will behave rather than just show off some nifty interviewing skills. We all know examples of people who are great interviewers, but terrible once on the job. With behavioral interviewing managers are hoping to overcome any false impressions given by slick interviewers.
Second: How can you shine at behavioral interviews?
If you’re an average interviewer, chances are you may not stand out like some of your counterparts, so how can you make the grade? Well, a good behavioral interview will give you chance to show what you did and how fantastic it was for the company you did it for. Why? Because the answers you give are uniquely you, not some made-up script or stock answers. You can’t do well at a behavioral interview unless you share in depth about yourself.
Third: How will they know what to ask me?
Well, they don’t. They ask you a general question and expect you to provide the specifics. For example they might ask you how you handled a difficult situation with a complaining customer. It’s up to you to provide the setting and the details. You have to paint the picture, “it was in a busy doctor’s office, and this patient had a crying baby who needed immediate attention… “. Once you’ve set up the situation, you explain how you were able to get the patient taken care of, the baby to stop crying, and the Doctor thanking you for your quick thinking.
Forth: Why do they use this style?
Behavioral interviewing is believed to be non-discriminatory, a fair way for you to show what you’re made of and give in depth examples of how you get things done. As long as you did those very things, the interviewer will be able to see if you have the skill set to do the job, and they can tell if you are authentic.
Fifth: How can I prepare for this kind of interview since I don’t know what they will ask?
Think about this word: STAR. In order for you to be a star you must describe the following:
Situation: What was the situation you were facing?
Task: What needed to be done?
Action: What action did you take?
Result: What were the results of that action?
This helps you remember what to focus on. It’s simple and an easy way to promote your personal brand.