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5 Tips To Ace a Behavioral-Based Interview

If you’re looking for a new role or thinking about changing your job, it’s time to practice your interviewing skills. But don’t expect you’ll always have a traditional interview. Below, our recruiters are sharing some insights to ace a Behavioral Based Interview.

Recruiters and employers, nowadays, increasingly use behavior-based interviews (BBIs) to assess candidates based on their past behavior. 

In a BBI, you’re asked to provide past examples where you demonstrated certain skills, knowledge, behavior, and abilities. Also known as competency interviews, BBIs are gaining popularity.

1 – Use the STAR method. While thinking through with examples of past behavior, use the STAR method to analyze the situation or task you had to resolve, the action(s) you took, and the result of the task. This technique is the best way to structure your answers for the interviewer. 

2 – Do your research. Research the company and read the job description carefully in advance. Make a list of the top skills required for the role and prepare a story that demonstrates your competency in those skills. Weave in knowledge of the company and culture into your answers.  

3 – Create a narrative of your past experiences. It’s up to you to explain how your past experiences fit together and provided you with the competencies for this role. Give focused examples that translate how your experience makes you a great fit for the company and the role. Focus on your key strengths to make your answers compelling.

4 – Demonstrate results. Detail how you reached successful outcomes, and quantify the results wherever possible. Be prepared to explain unsuccessful outcomes as well. How did you handle those situations? What could you have done differently?

5 – Ask questions. Remember, you are interviewing the hiring manager as well. Your questions help you understand if the position is right for you and show the hiring manager that you are curious about and interested in the role. Ask about something that was brought up during the conversation or something that you want to know about the company or the team. 

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