Behavioural Interview Tips

In part one I explained how the behavioural interview works. Here are the most valuable behavioural interview tips to apply.

1)Know your role

Right through the job search process its been important for you to know exactly what the employer is looking for. These will be the core competencies of the role, and so its up to you to make sure you are providing the interviewer with evidence of your capabilities in each area.

To help you do this, go over the job advertisement, the job description and your CV. The clearer the picture you have of what is required of you the easier it will be to deliver it.

2)Connect the dots

You have experiences, the interviewer is looking for core competencies. Its your job to link the two, and show how your experience and past behaviour demonstrate these competencies. If you’ve done step one well enough, you know what they are. Now, consider how what you have done relates to the requirements of the job. Remember, much of this information is contained in your CV (if they didn’t believe you had the competencies, you probably wouldn’t be sitting in the interview). Now its about how you ………

3)Focus on delivery

Effective presentation is one of the keys to the kingdom of interview success. You need to be able to tell your story effectively and get your message across to the interviewer. Knowing how to give answers is massively important. Practice using the star technique to describe your key career achievements.

Situation - What was the scenario/background/environment?

Task - What needed to be achieved? What challenge had to be overcome?

Action - What action did you take?

Result- What was the outcome?

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