Many more employers ask “behavioral questions” during the job interview. This means that rather than focusing on your resume and your accomplishments the interview will focus more on questions which are open ended. This means that there will not be one single right answer to a question but a wide spectrum of answers instead. You will be given real life circumstances and your response to these situations is what your interviewer will be looking at.
For example, you might be asked to describe a certain event, experience, or project. You could have to talk about how you handled a particular situation and what the end result was. The idea behind this type of interviewing is to rate your performance in everyday situations that may arise while you are on the job.
It will be more difficult for you to prepare for behavioural questions than it will for traditional questions that have just a right or wrong answer. There are, however, some things that you can do to prepare for questions that will focus on your behaviour. Take some time to review your past performances as well as your own personal work ethics and how they could apply to the company that you want to work for. Always answer behavioural questions with a great amount of honesty and candidness. Employers want to see you exactly as you are so that there get no surprises if they decide to hire you.
Your interviewer will ask you questions that require detail, understanding, and depth in your response. As an example you might be asked “what were you thinking when that happened” or “tell me more about how you handled that incident and why”. There is no way that you can truly prepare for these types of questions but you can be ready to answer all the questions with enthusiasm and integrity.
Ask someone to give you a practice interview by coming up with questions which are open ended such as (1) talk about the riskiest decision that you have made, (2) describe a time where you were in danger of missing a deadline, or (3) give an example of a bad decision that you have made and what the end result was. These questions require that you take some time to think about your answer before you open your mouth.
Behavioural questions in the job interview give employers a good idea of how you think and how you will fit into their company view. The key to a good interview is to really take your time before answering and to be as candid as possible.
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