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5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

Tania Khadder

2. The Behavioral Interview

What Is It?

The behavioral interview assumes that the most accurate indicator of future success is past performance in a similar situation. The interviewer will have in mind a set of skills they’re looking for in a candidate, and will assess whether or not you have said skills based on how you’ve demonstrated them in the past.

So instead of asking more general questions, like “Why do you want to work in this industry?”, someone conducting a behavioral interview will say “Give an example of when you faced XYZ situation.” Once you’ve answered the initial question, they’ll probe further, asking you how you felt, what you said, what you did and what the final outcome was.

How to Ace It

The behavioral interview is growing more and more common, so it’s essential you learn how to prepare for it.

At first, it may seem an impossible task. After all, there’s no telling what specific scenarios an interviewer might ask you to describe. But don’t fret. By preparing – in detail – a few stories from your professional experience, you can likely adapt one of them to any question they throw at you. Think of instances where you overcame a challenge, performed memorably, and motivated yourself and others.

For each story, be prepared to address the following points:

• The situation
• What actions you took
• How it made you feel
• What you learned

And the more familiar you are with the job description, the better your chances for success. By looking at what qualities they’re looking for in a candidate, you may be able to predict what type of questions they’ll ask.

Whatever you do, don’t lie or give an overly vague response. Behavioral interviews are especially useful at exposing made-up answers – which is one reason employers like them. Make sure you know what you’re talking about and that you’re ready to provide more detail if necessary.



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    NewFootballShirts

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    These are clever tips for interviewees. It would also make a good impression for the interview if you are confident at all times. Never ever make up an answer just to impress. Remember they are trained to know if you're telling the truth or not. http://www.topfootballshirts.co.uk

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    jameshammond85

    over 4 years ago

    22 comments

    i have used my iPhone 4 white for quite a few phone interviews, i use an app which gives a slightly clearer loud speaker

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    sophiaallen5

    over 4 years ago

    58 comments

    Have you heard of Group interview.Group interviews are conducted by some large companies for graduates who are all interviewed at one time. They may give some exercises to solve in a group and observes how the candidates react with other people.
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    mgilman

    over 4 years ago

    24 comments

    This is very appropriate for our tough economic times. A must read for anyone looking to become gainfully employed.

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    mgilman

    over 4 years ago

    24 comments

    Great article, I have used most of the suggestions in orientations that I provide while conducting training sessions. I work with a not for profit that collaborates around work force development.

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    kittie

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent guide. I've already aced a few interviews. Now its just a waiting game. Next...

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    greenvr58

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This article was a great one, it helps to be prepared when interviewing whether over the phone or in person

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    MorelCS

    over 4 years ago

    24 comments

    The phone interview is scheduled at the convenience of the employer and do not be surprised if you are called an hour to two hours early or later than the scheduled time. I am sure this is a tactic to see how you can handle events not occuring as scheduled and unexpected.

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    brittania

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article. I will be applying the information in my next interview.

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    willboywonder

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    These are great. One note to disagree with the author about the phone interview: just because the call can come at anytime doesn't mean that the interview has to happen at anytime. I have had a couple of phone interverviews that were pre-arranged. The interviewer (or his/her sercretary) called me to schedule the phone interview just as they might have scheduled the face to face interview. Even if they aren't calling to schedule it, request it. There's no harm in that. If you're a viable candidate, rather than them just going through the motions to satisfy HR rules, then asking for a more convenient time for the phone interview wiill be in your best interest. If you go through with it at a bad time, your mind may not be as sharp and your performance during the interview may be less than stellar.

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    vmmckane

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

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    jyl

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Excellent Recommendation to ACE the interviews. Thanks.

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    Thank you, for the article. It definitely helps to prepare for an interview.

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    jyl

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Great Job

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