How to Prepare for a Behavioral Job Interview

By: Anurag Gupta | In: Interview Tips | Last Updated: 2011-05-03

Interviews are a deciding factor for any employer while hiring for any profile. It is the moment to judge whether an aspirant is suitable for the post applied. Therefore to be successful in any type of interview is very important for selection where your behavior, skills, attitude, qualifications play a great role in selection.

Behavioral Interview

A newer approach of interview has taken its stand. It's called Behavioral Interview. These types of interviews help to analyze the future conduct of any employee. The psychoanalysis conducted helps to judge the behavioral patterns of the individual. Qualities likes flexibility, oral and written interaction, leadership, technical knowledge, risk taking capabilities, management, analytical reasoning, decision making qualities, enterprising skills, prudence etc. are among other skills. Such interviews help to judge a person to the maximum.

Companies look for certain qualities during this phase. They look out for the aspirants' experience, knowledge and conduct to determine their ability for handling work in normal and stressful conditions. They also look for professional skills, intelligence, education and previous performance that are the deciding factors for any profile. Some professional skills such as willingness to work in a team, self-confidence and desire to learn & travel are mainly sought. Then precise questions such concerning how you handled certain situations are asked. The idea is to ensure that the candidate can tackle any situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the commonly asked questions will need you to explain the following:

  • Demanding situations revealing your management skills
  • Situations where you influenced someone with your skills
  • Situations where you used your logic to solve a crisis
  • Situations where you could achieve your aim
  • Situations where you had to surpass your presentation qualities in order to manipulate someone's view point
  • Stories of your unsuccessful attempts
  • Challenging decisions made by you

Tips To Handle Such Situations

  • Be confident
  • Keep a positive outlook
  • Give relevant examples
  • Listen carefully

Such types of interviews are gaining popularity in many companies. If the above points are understood then one can clear a Behavioral Interview with flying colors. Share on
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2 thoughts on "How to Prepare for a Behavioral Job Interview

  • I have read so much about how to crack a interview. I have had the pleasure of attending even IIM interviews. I like the point most which says you should build the interview according to you and not be lead by the interviewer.


  • Nice post for job seekers ...


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