Behavioral Interview

Behavioral Interview:

1. What is behavioral interview?

In behavioral interviews, candidates are asked to explain their skills, experience, activities etc – as examples of your past behavior.

2. Purpose of behavioral interview

• The purpose of this type of interview is to predict future based on past experiences.

• Standard interviews typically have a 10% predictive value in predicting the future success of an applicant

3. Sample behavioral interview questions

• Describe the project or situation which best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What was your role?

• Give a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and what was the outcome?

• Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their individual needs or values.

• Discuss an important decision you have made regarding a task or project at work. What factors influenced your decision?

• Have you ever been caught unaware by a problem or obstacles that you had not foreseen? What happened?

• Have you ever been in a situation where you had to settle an argument between two friends (or people you knew)? What did you do? What was the result?

• Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.

• Did you have a strategic plan? How was it developed? How did you communicate it to the rest of your staff?

• Describe a situation when you had to exercise a significant amount of self-control.

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