10 Key Tips on Answering Behavioral Type Questions

If I was to explain to you the best way of answering behavioral type interview questions I would sum it up in a couple of words, “telling a story”. It’s about telling someone, you have just met for the first time, a little story about something special in your life that happened not long ago. Usually this story is about an  experience at work that you felt was special or a unique representation of  your abilities. Think about this for a minute and you will realise that we do this all the time over lunch,  dinner and at special occasions when we meet our friends and new people. If you want to be good at behavioral interviews then start by being yourself and pretend you are telling a good story to a friend. You will see that the pressure normally associated with such interviews will no longer hinder your performance overall and will offer you the ability to have a better dialogue with the interviewer. Here are 14 key tips on answering behavioral type interviews you should consider:

  1. Refer to an achievement in your resume when answering behavioral type questions
  2. If your response refers to a major project you were part of, break it down into smaller phases in a clear and concise manner when responding
  3. Be specific about your role in each situation
  4. Don’t talk just to fill up dead air…take a minute to collect your thoughts and organise your answer before replying
  5. Use statistics or other measures in your response to back up the information you have provided
  6. Always turn a negative situation into a positive
  7. Always reflect on your ability to work as part of a team and to look for solutions to problems
  8. Show examples where you have done more than expected
  9. Prepare your responses to common behavioral questions before attending the interview
  10. Explain what you learned from each experience.

Remember, that you are telling a short story of a specific situation from the beginning to the end, and it is not uncommon for a good answer to take up to 5-10 minutes. Ask the interviewer if he/she would like more detail.

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