Behavioral Interview Questions are considered a very effective interview technique working across various types of organizations making them a critical part of the hiring process to evaluate a candidate's skills and work experience. It is also the world's most widely used interviewing approach.
What is a Behavioral Interview?
It is an interview technique used to ask questions to identify past behaviors of the candidate in different situations which closely relate to the requirements of the current job role. It is based on popular research that past behaviors are the best indicators of the future performance.
How to prepare for a behavioral interview?
1. Prepare specific examples from your past experiences on different scenarios.
2. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique to structure your response.
Situation: Describe and provide details of an example from a previous experience and how it relates to the question
Task: Describe your role in the situation and what was expected from you
Action: Describe what you did to address the situation and how did you overcome any challenges.
Result: Explain what was the outcome of the situation and how it was beneficial for you or the team
3. Keep your answers concise and under two minutes.
4. Practice your interview responses
Sample Behavioral Interview Question & Answer
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. What did you do to correct it?
Situation: I’m the kind of person who tries to learn and grow from every mistake. When I was new to my company, I accepted two simultaneous projects from my manager as I wanted to make a good first impression. When the requirements for one of the projects unexpectedly changed, I narrowly missed the deadline for the project which was a huge setback for me.
Task: I had to inform my manager about the missed project deadline.
Action: I admitted the mistake in front of my manager who was quite supportive as I was new to the organization.
Results: I've since learned how to prioritize my tasks in a better way and always raise a flag whenever there is a risk of meeting the project deadline well in advance.
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