Behavioral interviewing is a relatively new, but widely used mode of job interviewing. The behavioral interview
technique is used by employers to evaluate a candidate’s experiences and behaviors in order to determine their potential for success. This approach is based on the belief that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. In fact, behavioral interviewing is said to be 55 percent predictive of future on-the-job behavior, while traditional interviewing is only 10 percent predictive. The interviewer identifies desired skills and behaviors, and then structures open-ended questions and statements to elicit detailed responses. A rating system is developed and selected criteria are evaluated during the interview. Even if you don’t have a great deal of work experience, companies expect you to be able to relate past experiences – from undergraduate or graduate school, campus activities, volunteer work, membership in an organization, etc. – to the job for which you are interviewing
Decision making and problem solving, leadership, motivation, communication, interpersonal skills, planning and organization, critical thinking skills, team building and the ability to influence others are the behavioral skills that every companies seek to find from the employees.
The job seeker should ask the following to conduct a job analysis.
- The necessary skills to do this job
- Mantras to become a candidate successful.
- Reason of leaving the position previously.
- The most difficult part of this job
An interviewee keeps in mind the following points.
- Be detailed and specific.
- Develop stories to illustrate the past performance.
- Remember that the interviewer will ask questions from past performance.
The three-step STAR processes required by the interviewee are.
- Situation or Task
- Result or outcome
Limit rambling and tangents. The interviewee should listen carefully to the questions and ask for clarification. He should recall the past accomplishments and practice his behavioral stories using real-life examples for facing the interview.