Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral Interview Questions


– Hi, my name is Lisa Thomson, and today, we are going to talk about what a behavioral interview question is, and why companies ask them,
even at the executive level. Behavioral interview
questions typically target key MBA competencies, such as
analytical problem solving, communication, leadership
with or without authority, teamwork with diverse
and challenging groups, initiative, or time management. Additionally, every company
has a particular culture and style, and has a few key
competencies it’s looking for. Understand what those are
and prepare to show them how you would do well in
that culture by describing specific actions you’ve taken in the past. Most behavioral interview
questions start with “Tell me about a time when….” You know when you hear these words, the interviewer is looking
for how you behaved in a real world situation,
not a hypothetical one. Interviewers believe that a question based on actual past behavior
is the best predictor for how you will behave
in a similar situation in the future, and
potentially at their company. When in an interview and
asked a behavioral question, listen closely to the
wording of the question and strategically choose
the best story you have for the behavior the
employer is screening for. Try to categorize the behavior
the question is screening for within the first minute
to choose the best story for the soft skill in question. Remember, there are not
necessarily wrong answers. The questions are aimed at
getting to know the real you. The important thing is to be honest and structure your responses in a way that communicates what you have to offer. If you’re stumped and
cannot identify a time when you used a particular behavior, don’t say “I don’t know,”
or “That’s never happened.” Instead, ask a quick clarifying
question to buy some time, and go with the most relevant
story you can deliver. Last, as with most interview questions, do not take longer than two
minutes to answer the question. The longer you take, the
more likely your interviewer will lose focus on your answer. We hope now you’ll be able to identify behavioral questions in an interview. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your CMC team.

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