Behavioural Interview

by Jason Robinson

The Transition From Public Service To The Corporate World

By Job Interview Solutions

Many clients approach us after spending numerous years in the public service to find that they are out of touch with the current Human Resource method of Job Interviews currently used be most industries today.

The current flavor of the month is a style of interview known as The Behavioral Interview. With the high cost incurred by employing an unsuitable candidate this interview style is now used in most industries and corporations worldwide.

This type of interview is based on the notion that a job candidate's previous behaviors are the best indicators of future performance. In behavioral interviews, the interviewer asks candidates to recall specific instances where they were faced with a set of circumstances, and how they reacted.

To the unprepared candidate this style of interview can leave you bewildered and lost for words.
Typical behavioral interview questions:
▪ "Tell me about a project you worked on where the requirements changed midstream. What did you do?"
▪ "Tell me about a time when you took the lead on a project. What did you do?"
▪ "Describe the worst project you worked on."
▪ "Describe a time you had to work with someone you didn't like."
▪ "Tell me about a time when you had to stick by a decision you had made, even though it made you very unpopular."
▪ "Give us an example of something particularly innovative that you have done that made a difference in the workplace."
▪ "What happened the last time you were late with a project?"

▪ "Have you ever witnessed a person doing something that you felt was against company policy? What did you do and why?"

With proper preparation and practice you can overcome the stress of a behavioral based interview, learn to relax and structure your answers in a clear concise manner.

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