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Behavioral Interview Techniques

Below are some behavioral interview techniques that you'll find useful:

1. Be prepared for the interview by analyzing and making an educated guess as to which skills are most desired by the employer. You can study the job description of the position or go to some job boards to review requirement sections of related jobs.
2. Compile a list of skills that are relevant to the position you are applying.
3. Identify behavioral interview questions by introductory phases like "Tell me about a time when...," " Describe a situation where you...," "Give me an example of..." etc.
4. Listen carefully to each question. If necessary, rephrase the question and ask for clarification.
5. Use STAR formula to answer behavioral interview question. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. Make sure that your answers are detailed and specific. This behavioral interview technique is widely recommended by career advisors.
6. Use your real-life examples instead of your opinions or theoretical statements. The employers want to know what you have done in the past, not what you think you would do in the future.
7. Vary the length of your answers. You can prepare short description of each situation but be ready to give details if asked. You can also determine if you have given enough information by asking questions like, "Would you like more details on that?" "Would you like another example?".
8. Be honest. It will be bad for you if the interviewer find out that your story is built on weak foundation.

About the Author

Yulin Peng is a recrutiting researcher. To learn more job search techniques, please visit his website at http://www.job-employment-guide.com


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