Behavioral Interview Tips

Jeff and Mike The Interview Guys show you a strategy on how to handle behavioral interview questions. (Watch them make fools of themselves at the white house too...)

For your convenience here is the transcript of the video:

And here's what's included in the video in terms of behavioral questions (you'll have to watch the video to see what happens to Jeff & Mike at The White House):

JEFF
Okay, so let's get down to business.  As we mentioned at the top of this segment, behavioral questions can be extremely
tough, and they are becoming more and more common in job interviews...

MIKE
That's right Jeff.  So what that means is if you want to get an offer from your next interview, you need to know exactly
what they are and how to answer them.

JEFF
A behavioral job interview question is based on the idea that your past performance is the best predictor of your future performance.
In other words, the hiring manager wants you to relate what you did in past jobs or life situations to the
job you are interviewing for in terms of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success.

MIKE
Correct.  Some examples of behavioral questions include: "Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure", or
"describe a decision you made that wasn't popular and how you implemented it" or "give an example of when you
worked effectively with a team"

JEFF
Don't worry though!  There is a specific way to answer these questions.  Follow us up to the boardroom and we'll show you how.

JEFF and MIKE in the boardroom.

MIKE
The best way to answer behavioral questions is to use the Interview Guys Upgraded STAR Method.  In other words, it's the STAR
method with a twist!

JEFF
For those of you that don't know, the STAR method is a framework for answering a
behavioral-based interview question by talking about the specific situation, task, action, and result of the past experience you are describing.

MIKE
That's right Jeff.  When it's all said and done, these 4 steps together will help you create a success story, which you should use
to answer your behavioral interview questions.

JEFF
But there's one more step.  As we always say, the best job seekers in the world know that you have to tailor your interview to the company
you are interviewing with, so you have to make sure to use your success story to highlight a specific strength that the company
values and is looking for in their perfect candidate.

MIKE
Here's an example.  If the interviewer asked you to "give an example of when you worked effectively with a team", you could say that
in your past role with the ABC Company, you managed a sales team consisting of 7 people that exceeded its annual goal of a 20% increase
in sales which highlighted my ability to get the most of the people on my team, an ability which I believe would directly translate to the role of
Sales Manager at the XYZ Company."

JEFF
See what he did there?  He established the Situation, Task, Action and Result while focusing on a key strength that was valued by the
XYZ Company and related to the job he was interviewing for.  This is how all of the best job seekers answer behavioral questions.

MIKE
Now you need to know how to do this, because it is this final step that is going to make you stand out from your competition and
get you a job offer from your next interview.

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Behavioral Interview Tips

You're not alone if the though of answering behavioral interview questions puts you in a state of fear. Watch this video for the some good foundational tips. For more detailed information be sure you read our Behavioral Interview Question & Answers 101 article.

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