Behavioral interviewing or competency based interviewing explores workplace competencies that are required for successful job performance.
If the job requires a person to be able to analyze and find solutions to problems the interviewer will ask the candidate to provide an example of when they previously displayed that behavior.
Questions about managing others are not limited to management jobs. Businesses want to see examples of leadership in their employees. There are a variety of behavioral interview questions that are designed to see how well you handle a leadership role. The best way to answer this is to highlight why you delegated each task to its recipient. "I focused on the staff member's strength. I delegated the tougher IT tasks to Todd because he was more experienced. Jeff had an eye for accuracy, so I had him run data check. I handled the overall QA since I had the most experience with the details of the project."
Personality plays a role in behavioral interviews. Employers want to see that you are well balanced person that knows how to handle themselves. These types of questions are designed to see how you handled situations that can be very personally stressful. Try to share examples that reflect positively on all parties involved. "Once I was blamed for not double checking marketing data, which drastically impacted one of our campaigns. Though I was not the staff member in charge of the data collection and analysis, I knew it would be unproductive to try to pass blame, so I simply asked what steps I could take to help resolve the problem. Afterward I spoke with the staff member in charge of checking data and let them know of the error so that both of us could ensure it would not be repeated."
★ Describe the specific situation or task you were involved in
★ Detail the action and steps you took in the situation
★ Outline the results and outcome of your actions. What happened, what was accomplished, what did you learn
behavioral questions that explore the key competencies of:
★ Negotiation skills
behavioral interview question that explores about candidate's:
★ Ability to handle stress
common behavioral interview questions that explore:
Often the interviewer will ask follow-up questions to get more information.
★ "Tell me why you did that?"
★ "Take me through your decision process?"
★ "How did you feel about that?"
Many jobs require a motivated self-starter that will seek out tasks and ensure they are on the right track. Employers are not looking for someone that gets confused and does not look for help. Many questions will focus on your own personal responsibility and how you handled issues that arose while you were working alone.
Questions about your ability to change your mind will be very common during behavioral interviews. The employer is going to be testing your decision making skills. They also are seeing if you are rigid in your beliefs. Share a time during your past employment where you needed to change your mind or adjust a process. No employer wants someone that is rigid in their beliefs.