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What Are Behavioral Interview Questions (And How Can You Prepare For Them)

Past Behavior Predicts Future Performance with behavioral interview questions

Can interviewers predict your future behavior? They may have a way of coming pretty close using behavioral interview questions! Learn how you can be prepared to make sure they predict something positive.


Job interviews are not most people’s idea of a good time. For some, it can be downright frightening.

One way to make your job interview less frightening is to be prepared for behavioral interview questions. Most people aren’t familiar with behavioral interviewing, but it’s what many interviewers use to compile their list of questions for prospective new employees.

Behavioral Interviewing

Preparing for your interview by anticipating behavioral interview questions will put you head and shoulders above most of your fellow interviewees by ensuring that you answer questions thoroughly. It will also make you better at:

Behavioral interviewing is based on the concept that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. When someone who is practicing behavioral interviewing asks a question, it may sound something like: Tell me about a time when you had a problem with a co-worker. What was the problem and how did you solve it? This question begs a more thorough answer than, “I’m a team player.” It allows the interviewer to get a picture of how you actually handled a specific difficult situation.

Preparing for Behavioral Interview Questions

Before embarking on a job search, make a list of some instances in past jobs where you have been proud of your behavior. This could be a qualitative goal or accomplishment you made for the company. Maybe you increased sales or brought in more clients. It could be that a relationship you developed with a client greatly benefited the company. Perhaps you resolved a conflict with a co-worker in a constructive manner. Any example of how you handled a situation in a positive way or achieved a goal can go on the list.

Once you have a list of past behaviors you are proud of, you can use them in cover letters, as well as in resumes and interviews. When developing your cover letter or resume, highlight your past positive behavior.

Shorten your Job Search

It’s a good job search strategy to answer questions as if they are behavioral interview questions, even if they aren’t posed in that way. Simply offer examples of your past behavior to exemplify the skills and talents you have that make you valuable for the position.

Being in the know about behavioral interview questions will make you stand out to prospective employers, and could shorten your job search considerably. It’s a great tool for career growth!



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