Preparing for an Interview: Behavior Description Interviewing

Behavioral Interviewing is used by many Headhunters and recruiters to speed up the selection process in one way or the other.

 Dr. Tom Janz is considered to be the founding father of this interviewing technique that many regard as very effective. The basic idea is that the best predictor of future behavior is your past behavior.

 These include questions like:

  • Describe a situation in which you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it?
  • Describe a project or idea that was implemented primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?
  • Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • Describe a politically complex work situation in which you worked
  • Describe a situation when you were able to strengthen a relationship by communicating effectively. What made your communication effective?
  • When you have difficulty persuading someone to your point of view, what do you do? Give an example.
  • Describe the setbacks you have faced. How did you deal with them?

 Use the STAR

In the earlier blog about preparing for an interview I’ve ended with the remark: know yourself, no really know yourself. For answering these questions this is a strong prerequisite.

On top of that a useful help tool is using the STAR method in your answers:

  • The Situation or Task you were in
  • The Action that you took
  • The Result of that action

This will cover most of the questions effectively. 



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