How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview

To prepare for a behavioral interview, take the following steps:

Step 1: Make sure you have clearly defined the competencies for the role.

General competencies include:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Knowledge/skills
  • Problem solving
  • Team building
  • Personal attributes
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Decision making

Step 2: Develop a series of questions which will enable you to find out if the candidate has these competencies.

Questions might take the form of:

  • Give me an example of how you have
  • Tell me about a situation where you
  • In the past, how did you deal with a situation where
  • Given your past experience, how would you best deal with

What should you look at to evaluate a behavioral interview?

There are three types of competencies you should look for:

  1. Content competencies – which are work/role specific.
  2. Functional/transferable skills – which are used generally with people, information or things, regardless of the specific environment.
  3. Adaptive or self-management skills – which are personal characteristics.

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