It is a field that is becoming a quintessential part of the job interviews. In a behavioral interview session, the interviewee is asked strategic questions which are used to pin point their behavioral patterns. The employers will ask that you narrate a past incident which gives a demonstration of your skills in handling that particular situation to see whether you are the right candidate. Through the use of a behavioral interview, the employer can be able to predict a candidate’s future performance in the organization.
To many candidates, the behavioral interview is an intimidating session but if you are about to go to one, keep in mind these few tips to help you go through the interview easily.
- Read your job profile very carefully as a step in preparing for your job interview. While at it, try to determine the qualities you posses that would be helpful for that particular job.
- Make a list of questions that you think the interviewer would ask based on the job description and to these prepare a rough outline of the answer that when presented to the interviewer would do the question justice. Don’t revise the answers but let them remain as you gave them the first time.
- Keep in mind that behavioral interviews are based on one’s previous experience. Employers will therefore try to know of a particular situation that you went through or have experienced while you were working and how you influenced its outcome. Instead of stressing your input on the situation, underscore the approach that you applied to resolve the problem or to help in improving the situation.
- Maintain a good flow of accounts by first stating the problem and then giving the action taken to get the final result. Finally give a justification of your approach and role.
- If the interviewers deliberate further explain to them calmly the intricate details such as on what caused the situation and the reason as to why you think your approach was right for that particular problem.
- Incase you are a first time job seeker with no on job experience, a narration about an incident during your school or college project would be as good since the employer is only seeking to see whether you have the ability to take on a challenge head-on and how you react when in a dilemma.
- Be honest when answering questions to avoid being caught during counter questioning.
- If the interviewers lead you towards aggressive questions, you should stay calm and analyze the questions objectively after which you should present your point of view with conviction and confidence. Do not give in to feelings of intimidation or get defensive.
- Some questions asked may not be favorable to you. You may be asked to narrate an incident that you could not handle in a favorable manner. In such a case, give complete details of the incident; explain its causes and what resulted of it. It is good that you show the situation in a different perspective that is not as negative as the outcome may have been.
- Prepare yourself in advance so that you can remember all the incidents that you would otherwise be unable to recollect when talking to the interviewer.
Since behavioral interviews are applied by most employers in their selection process, it is important that a candidate knows and follows these tips to help them get selected for the job.