How to Prepare for Behavioural Interview Questions

behavioural interview questions

In a behavioural interview, the interviewer looks for examples of past behaviour that demonstrate your skills. Behavioural questions often being with, ‘Tell me about a time when …’ or ‘Describe an occasion when …’ To answer the question, you are expected to describe a past work-related event and how you responded to it.

Behavioural interview questions are asked to establish various core skills relevant to the job position, such as teamwork, creativity and innovation, decision making ability, business awareness or conflict resolution.

Common behavioural interview questions include:

  • Give me an example of when attention to detail was vital and how you completed the task accurately.
  • Describe something you have done that was new for your organisation that improved the performance of your team or the value of the work done.
  • Talk me through a time when you have had to work towards a challenging, ambitious objective.
  • Tell me about a time you had too many things to do and you needed to prioritise your tasks. How did you manage your time and objectives?
  • What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example of when you have had to use this approach with a difficult customer.
  • Tell me about a situation where you have been part of a group working toward a specific goal. What was your role in the group?
  • Describe how you led a team through a difficult project. How did you improve their work?
  • On time pressured assignments, how have you made sure that the job is done within budget?

To prepare for your next behavioural interview, try to follow this advice:

  • Answer behavioural questions with one detailed and specific example that demonstrates your proven skills and ability to successfully perform the particular competency – this means you need to prepare your evidence in advance.
  • To do this, we suggest you firstly gather as much information about the role as you can to determine the competencies required for success in the job.
  • Then review your past experiences and select examples that demonstrate these competencies. Consider past results, situations you handled well and ways you have contributed to the success of the business.
  • Armed with this evidence, you should then use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action and Result) to answer questions. Firstly describe a situation you were in. For example, a colleague was struggling with performance. Next tell them what you decided to do. For example, sit down with your colleague to discuss how you could help. Then describe what you actually did. For example, gave your colleague examples of how you improved your own performance. Finally, tell them what happened as a result of your actions. For example, performance improved 35 per cent.
  • It’s best to use an anecdote with a positive outcome, but if this isn’t possible explain what you learnt from the situation and how you would do it differently next time.

Source: Hays Hong Kong
Edited by: jobsDB HK