December 28, 2007, Newsletter Issue #115: Behavior-Based Interviews

Tip of the Week

Behavior-based interviews, which are gaining popularity, focus on behaviors and experiences that are job related. Rather than simply listing your skills, past duties, and personal qualities, you will be asked to tell stories about how you handled specific situations at work.

The premise behind these interviews is that past behavior is a reliable predictor of future behavior; therefore, your answers should color your behavior as being both positive and effective.

You should also be truthful. In many instances you will be interviewing for a specific kind of position, perhaps a job where you are working remotely or a particularly intensive position and these types of jobs require specific personality types and skill sets. Don't pretend to be someone you aren't. You may end up with a job you don't like and that you are suited to.

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