Behavioral questions require specific preparation.
I have intentionally not addressed this yet because there is more than enough to cover regarding traditional interview questions.
There are many acronyms that Interviewees can follow. I follow the S.T.A.R. technique or depending on you package it the S.A.R.R.S technique can work.
S – Situation
A – Action
R – Result
R – Reflection
S – Strengths
It is framing answers that contain the right amount of context, which if followed will ensure your story or answer contains essential information only. Following the acronyms stops rambling, and ensures you cater to the essential elements of the answer.
Quite simply, If you don’t practice these stories, they will not be successful. Equally nerves can play havoc with behavioral questions, far more than traditional questions can.
So where to start…
Write out (in shorthand) lots of stories that occurred in your past.
- Difficulties with colleagues / Bosses / Clients.
- Where challenges were overcome.
- How you solve problems.
- How you interact with team members.
- Where you failed.
- What you are most proud of.
To be continued….