Behavioral Interview Preparation

Behavioral interview questions are a part of every interview. Interviewers ask these questions in order to understand your soft skills, the way you behave in different situations and how you can contribute to the company in different levels. These questions are not about your technical skills, though. They are more about your experiences, thinking pattern and mindset. A technically sound person might lose out on a job if he does not have the right skills and behavioral pattern.

† Some of the questions that you can expect during a behavioral interview are to give an example of a situation where you had to make a difficult decision, the technique you use to deal with stressful situations, your biggest mistake and how it helped you, a situation where you disagreed with your boss, and how you would handle a rebellious team.

Given below are a few tips to prepare for behavioral interview.


Expect and prepare



† Before you attend the interview, study the common questions that are asked. Make a list of your personal experiences and recall exactly how you felt in that phase. Also, recollect examples that prove your claims about the way you behaved in certain situations that the interviewer is likely to ask about. This way, you will be able to answer promptly when a question is posed to you. A prompt answer signifies that you have come prepared for the interview. The interviewer is definitely going to appreciate your responsible behavior.

† When you talk about your experience, make sure that you are very clear about the situation, what needed to be done, what you did and what the outcome was. If you do not understand the question posed to you, do not hesitate to ask for more clarification. It is better to be sure about the questions than to give a wrong answer.

Research the job position



† Reviewing the job position gives you an idea about the skills and responsibilities that the interviewer expects in you. When you are aware of these requirements, you can prepare answers that portray these skills.

Be honest



† Honesty is the only way to nail a behavioral interview. You can talk about a real life experience in depth only when you have really experienced it. Experienced interviewers can usually make out fabricated stories. So, lying can act against you.

Avoid typecast answers



† Consider a question like, "what will you do if a member of your team is particularly troublesome?". A typecast answer is "I will talk to him or her personally and try to amicably solve the issue. In the worst case, Iíll approach the HR department". Well, there is nothing wrong with this answer. The only problem is that this answer is what everybody gives. It does not bring out your skills. You need to come up with an answer that portrays your unique skills in handling the situation.

† Unlike technical interviews where your every answer is either right or wrong depending on scientifically established principles, there is nothing specifically wrong or right in the answers you give for behavioral questions. This is because you talk about your actions in particular situations. From your answers, the interviewer perceives your skills and decides whether you have the required aptitude for the job.† So, make sure that you go well prepared and be confident.



Last Updated On: 21/09/2013


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