Based on the principle that the best way to predict future behavior is from past behavior, this method of interviewing is one of the most commonly used. By focusing on the applicant’s actions and behaviors, rather than subjective impressions that can sometimes be misleading, interviewers can make more accurate hiring decisions. In these types of interviews, it is important to note what competencies or skills the employer is seeking (e.g., in the job description). Make sure you describe a specific, recent situation, detail your behavior or the actions you took to resolve the situation and share the outcome or the results of the situation. The STAR technique is one of the most effective ways to craft a complete response to a behavioral question. Practice using the STAR technique to develop your responses to behavioral questions.
- Tell me about one of your most challenging leadership roles.
- What’s the most creative thing you’ve done?
- Describe a situation when you had to persuade another person.
- Tell me about a time when you almost gave up.