Behavioural based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. Instead of asking how you would behave, they will ask how you did behave. The interviewer feels that what you have done before in the past is a reflection of what you will do in the future.

Some examples of these questions are as follows:

During the Behavioural Interview:

During the interview, if you are not sure how to answer the question, ask for clarification. Then be sure to use the ‘STAR’ method to structure your responses:

It’s important to keep in mind that there are no definite right or wrong answers. They are being asked simply to understand how you behaved in a given situation. How you respond will determine if there is a fit between your skills and the position the company is seeking to fill.

So, listen carefully, be clear and detailed when you respond and, most importantly, be honest. If your answers aren’t what the interviewer is looking for, this position may not be the best job for you anyway.

There is a lot of information on the Internet about this so a simple Google search will bring up further material on how to manage these questions. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact your Consultant at ARC.